Ayobami Adebayo, author of the Baileys Prize-shortlisted Stay With Me, has been on a book tour.

While we’re rooting for Ayobami Adebayo to become only the second African take the Baileys Prize, she has kicked off her UK book tour for her shortlisted novel Stay With Me. If she wins, she is assured of selling up to 250,000 copies. Huge.

Stay With Me is the story of Yejide and Akin whose marriage is threatened by their childlessness. It has earned acclaim, with the UK’s The Guardian calling it “A bright, big-hearted demonstration of female spirit.”

To promote the novel, Ayobami has been to Leeds University, the London Book Fair, Heathrow Airport, the Dulwich Bookshop Event, Glasgow’s Aye Write Festival, and Foyles.

From left to right: the Nigerian, UK, and US editions of Stay With Me. Source: ayobamiadebayo.com.

She has also taken part in several book conversations. She spoke with Chibundu Onuzo in Glasgow and on the International Women’s Day, Claire Armistead at The London Book Fair’s English PEN Literary Salon, and at different times, Elif Shafak, Gwendoline Riley, Susanna Nicklin, Joanna Canon and Cathy Rentzenbrink.

She shared these photos on her Facebook page.

Signing a copy for a fan.

Signing copies of Stay with Me at the University of Leeds.

In Conversation with Claire Armistead at The London Book Fair. English PEN Literary Salon.

Dulwich Bookshop Event with Elif Shafak, Gwendoline Riley and Susanna Nicklin.

Glasgow’s Aye Write Festival with Chibundu Onuzo.

Book reading poster.

In Conversation with Claire Armistead at The London Book Fair. English PEN Literary Salon.

Signing copies of Stay With Me.

At WH Smith, Heathrow Airport.

Poster for a conversation with Chibundu Onuzo.

International Women’s Day at Foyles with Joanna Canon, Chibundu Onuzo and Cathy Rentzenbrink.

Stay With Me can be bought on Amazon.

Ayobami Adebayo can be followed on her Website.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young’s writing has been shortlisted for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award, and nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize. His fiction has appeared in Transition (“A Tenderer Blessing,” 2015), The Threepenny Review (“Mulumba,” 2016), and Pride and Prejudice: African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality (“You Sing of a Longing,” 2017), an anthology of The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His work further appears in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays, Africa in Dialogue, and Brittle Paper, where he is submissions editor. He is the editor of the Art Naija Series: a sequence of concept-based e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness. The first anthology, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (Oct., 2016) focuses on cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June, 2017) focuses on professions. He attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and currently teaches English at another Nigerian university. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

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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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