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July 3-5 is the date to mark on your calendar if you live in London or happen to be there. Ben Okri is billed to headline two days of events celebrating African literature. There will be book launches, readings, author appearances, panel discussions to delight fans of African writing.

Most of the events will take place at the British Library.

Bibi Bakare, the master mind of Ankara Romance, will participate in a panel discussion on African romance.

A panel led by Ike Anya will explore new Nigerian fiction and highlight Igoni Barret’s much anticipated novel, Black Ass, and E. C. Osondu’s urban folktale, This House Is Not for Sale.

Frances Mensah Williams’ novel From Pasta to Pigfoot will be launched. Don’t miss the chance to see her chat with the lovely Margaret Busby about her Uk-Ghana romance novel.

Okri’s keynote lecture is definitely one to attend. He is an impassioned speaker and always has very smart things to say about literature and life. There is a ten-pound admission fee for Okri’s talk, but most of the other events are free!

For more details, visit africawrites.org

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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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