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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 is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he sits on the judging panels of The Miles Morland Writing Scholarships and of The Gerald Kraak Prize. He is Nonfiction Editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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