On February 26, US-based publisher Catalyst Press Books will be releasing North America editions of the South African novelist Peter Church’s tech-thriller Crackerjack and the Nigerian novelist Yewande Omotoso’s Etisalat Prize 2013 finalist Bom Boy. Among the company’s releases last year were two short story collections: Ahmed Ismail Yusuf’s The Lion’s Binding Oath and Reneilwe Malatji’s Love Interrupted.
In an email to Brittle Paper, Catalyst Press Books publicity director Ashawnta Jackson explained that Crackerjack is the first of three books by Peter Church that they would be publishing. A fast-paced tech-thriller set in Cape Town, Crackerjack “takes readers to the darker side of our digital lives, and into the world of financial crime, corporate fraud, and software hacking.” It will be Church’s North American debut.
Yewande Omotoso’s Bom Boy, first published by Modjaji Books in South Africa and released in the US by Catalyst Press Books, has seen a revision by the novelist for its further release in Canada. A novel of loss and belonging, Bom Boy introduces “Leke, a troubled young man living in Cape Town,” who “has developed some odd and possibly destructive habits: he stalks strangers, steals small objects, and visits doctors in search of connection.” Through a series of letters written to him from prison by his birth father, a man he has never met, Leke learns about “a long-held family secret, which sends him on a search to heal the wounds of his past.”
Catalyst Press Books will also be releasing Barbara Boswell’s novel Grace later this year.