The book is a year-long project undertaken by the author in order to find a way to connect to his younger brother as Owusu’s brother “was getting into an increasing amount of trouble and rapidly losing interest in his own life”. Each month, Derek will give his brother a book (fiction, non-fiction or poetry), and pay him to read it. At the end of the month, they will meet and discuss the book, its content, what it said to them both, and what lessons (if any) it offered. As much as this is a book about connecting to literature it is also a book about two brothers connecting with each other.
Derek will pay his brother (who hates reading) to read a new book each month, ranging from fiction, non-fiction and poetry. At the end of each month the two brothers will meet to discuss the book, its content, what it said to both of them and any lessons it might have offered.
Teaching My Brother To Read is about two brothers connecting with each other through their own connection to literature.
Idris Elba of Green Door Pictures, commented:
“Derek’s book will be an inspiring exploration of brotherhood and how literature can influence and transform lives. We are genuinely excited about adapting this book as a work of fiction and non-fiction.”
In addition to writing the book, Owusu will record a Teaching My Brother To Read podcast.
We’re very excited that Green Door Pictures have picked up the film/TV rights to this wonderful project. The book is set to release in 2021, following his first solo work That Reminds Me, a novel-in-verse, also published by #Merky Books, on 14th November 2019.