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Last October, Sisonke Msimang’s debut memoir Always Another Country was published by Jonathan Ball Publishers in South Africa. The account of her “exile childhood in Zambia and Kenya, young adulthood and college years in North America, and returning to South Africa in the euphoric 1990s” has drawn resonant praise. Baileys Prize-longlisted novelist Yewande Omotoso called it “a deep call for fierce courage in the face of hypocrisy and compassion when faced with our shared humanity.” Njabulo S. Ndebele said that it “kindles a new fire on our store of memoir.”

Last month, she was profiled in The Wall Street Journal. To promote the book, she has been touring different countries. This month, she kicked off the North America leg of the tour, which will see her read in New York City and Minneapolis in the U.S. and in Toronto and Montreal in Canada.

You can attend the events if you’re nearby.

Monday, 24th September – Toronto

In Conversation with Vicky Mochama at the Toronto Reference Library

6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 26th September – New York

In Conversation with Rachel Poser at Book Culture (in conjunction with Harpers Magazine)

7:00 p.m.

Thursday, 27th September – New York

In Conversation with Sean Jacobs, founder of Africasacountry in the Starr Foundation Hall at The New School

7:00 p.m.

Friday, 28th September – Minneapolis

A conversation on women and transformation at the East Side Freedom Library

7:00 p.m.

Sunday, 30th September – Kingston Writers Festival, Montreal

Home in any country moderated by Barbara Bell

2:00 p.m.

Sisonke Msimang won the inaugural Brittle Paper Award for Essays. She chairs the judging panel of the Gerald Kraak Prize. Her second book, The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela, is out next month from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Keep up with Sisonke Msimang’s events HERE.

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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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