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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