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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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OTOSIRIEZE is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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