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Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone: Legacy of Orisha, the first novel in her YA trilogy which attracted a million dollar advance and is being developed as a film by Fox 2000, has now spent 25 consecutive weeks on The New York Times Young Adult Hardcover Bestseller List. The Nigerian writer shared the news on Facebook.

Drawing heavily from Yoruba cosmology, Children of Blood and Bone tells the story of Zelie Adebola and her fight to bring back magic to to her homeland called Orisha. The book was published by Macmillan’s Children Publishing Group on March 6 of this year and, three weeks later, reached No 1 on the list. It has hovered in the top ten in the months since and currently berths at No 2.

See Tomi Adeyemi’s Facebook post below.

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Tomi Adeyemi is having an exciting year. Months ago, basketball legend Kobi Bryant tweeted at her. Then her book was featured on a segment by Jimmy Fallon of The Tonight Show.

Brittle Paper congratulates Tomi Adeyemi. 

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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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