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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 was born in Aba, Nigeria, and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, his short stories include: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Deputy Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. 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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