According to Entertainment Weekly, the wait for Teju Cole’s new book is almost over. A collection of essays titled Known and Strange Things hits the stands in 2016.

If you were wondering, Cole is staying with his old publishers, Random House, for this new publication.

Open City, which came out in 2012, is his last original fictional work. Clearly, the 39 year old author is still laying off fiction for a while. For those of you hankering for a new novel from Cole, it looks like you still have some waiting to do.

A few weeks ago, Cole joined the New York Times as a photography critic, writing insightful essays on aesthetics and photography.

But Cole made his name as a master-essayist long before with viral pieces such as “The White Savior Industrial Complex” and “Unmournable Bodies.” The new book, Known and Strange Things, will contain these classic pieces and more.

“The 40-plus essays in the book will span art, literature, and politics,” reports Entertainment Weekly, “with topics from Virginia Woolf and James Baldwin to President Obama and Boko Haram.”

Cole joins a long line to African novelists gifted at the craft of essay writing. Think Chinua Achebe’s Hopes and Impediments, Ngugi’s Decolonising the Mind, and Soyinka’s Art, Dialogue, and Outrage.

Congrats to Teju Cole! We can’t wait.


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I'm finishing up a phd at Duke University where I study African novels, which I believe are some of the loveliest things ever written. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

2 Responses to “Confirmed! | Teju Cole’s New Book Set for 2016 Release” Subscribe

  1. Roqeebah 2015/06/17 at 12:08 pm #

    Oh wow! Can’t wait for this. To think I spent February delibrately reading 20 of his essays.

  2. Ainehi Edoro 2015/06/25 at 8:58 pm #

    @roqeebah: Yup. We’re pretty excited.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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