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Zukiswa Wanner. Photo credit: The International Woman.

In February, we announced the publication of South African novelist Zukiswa Wanner’s first memoir Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts. The 224-page book is published by Black Letter Media, a South African publishing house inspired by the mandate to affirm and represent Africa’s diverse identities and cultures.

Hardly Working is Wanner’s most personal book yet. It chronicles a road trip she took in 2016 across several African borders accompanied by her partner and son. The book is adventure-filled and enlivened by Wanner’s deep insights and irreverent humor.

Hardly Working couldn’t have been published at a more appropriate time considering how fervently readers and critics are asking for more African non-fiction. The book is currently available for purchase at R160 from South Africa-based and online booksellers or on Black Letter Media.

Zukiswa Wanner has organised several launches for the book. The photos here are from three different events: one in a bookshop; another from a joint launch with Niq Mhlongo for his short story collection Soweto, under the Apricot Tree; and the third from a launch hosted by Zimbabwean novelist Petina Gappah.

Enjoy the photos.

Bookshop Launch

Joint Launch in Harare with Niq Mhlongo for his Soweto, under the Apricot Tree

The event flyer.

The Launch Hosted by Petina Gappah

 

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, academic, literary journalist, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review, Transition, and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted. 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 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, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com.

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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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