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A few days after the African Literature Association (ALA) Festival at Yale University, another event is upon us.

Afridiaspora magazine will be hosting Zukiswa Wanner in New York. The South African novelist will be reading from her fourth novel London, Cape Town, Joburg, which was published in 2014 and won the 2015 K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award. Afterwards, she will do a book signing.

Zukiswa’s other novels are The Madams (2006), Behind Every Successful Man (2008), and Men of the South (2010).

Here are the upcoming event’s details.

Date: Wednesday, 28th June 2017.

Venue: Sister’s Uptown Bookstore, 1942 Amsterdam Avenue, New York.

Time: 6-8 p.m.

Here is a description of London, Cape Town, Joburg on Amazon.

1994. The world is about to change. The first truly democratic election in South Africa’s history is about to unite Nelson Mandela’s rainbow nation at the ballot box. And, across the world, those in exile, those who could not return home, those who would not return home, wait. Watch and wait . . .

London. Martin O’Malley isn’t one of those watching and waiting. He is too busy trying to figure out if Germaine Spencer really is the girl for him and why his best friend is intent on ruining every relationship he gets involved in. And then . . . And then Germaine is pregnant and suddenly the world really has changed for Martin O’Malley.

South Africa. A land of opportunity. A place where a young black man with an MSc from the London School of Economics could have it all, would have it all. But what does Martin O’Malley, London born and bred with an Irish surname, really know about his mother’s country? His motherland. A land he has never seen.

Earlier this month, we announced that Zukiswa had co-founded a new intercontinental project, La Shamba, aimed at creating a platform for dialogue between Africa and South America. She’ll definitely be discussing the project there.

In April, we announced a similar event in which Afridiaspora hosted Nigeria’s Elnathan John.

We’re looking forward to this one.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. 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 cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. 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. When bored, he 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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