Aii Yee, Joseph! by OD Bonny and me is coming out with Groundwood Books.

OD and I met when he wrote a rap song for Viola (in The Good Braider). Now we’ve done a book together, Aii Yee, Joseph! I love this book because with OD, it’s an Acholi story. OD says, this is me when I was growing up. He came to Portland from Kyangwali refugee camp in Uganda. And now our Joseph was a small boy in Kyangwali before he came to Portland. We’ve made discovery after discovery together about Joseph. For instance, in Kyangwali, he played the awal, a percussion instrument you hit with a wire comb. Now our book has moved to the art department at Groundwood where the art director will do a rough layout. Then the book goes to Ken Daly, the artist of Joseph’s Big Ride. Final art in 2020, then printing in Asia. Aii Yee, Joseph arrives in 2021!

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