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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 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 is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. 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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