This week, we are thinking of stories that explore the erotic dimensions of queer African life and asking readers if they’ve read Exhale: Queer African Erotic Fiction published Black Bird Books in 2020.

Quick Take: HOLAAfrica! (Hub of Loving Action in Africa!) is a platform known for advocating sex positivity. They nurture “a space where women and gender non-conforming people of all sexualities can come together and engage with each other and the world.” Exhale: Queer African Erotic Fiction is the outcome of their partnership with South Africa’s Blackbird Books. The “delightfully risqué” stories in the collection explore queer African life through the “sexiest, most imaginative and well-crafted” erotic stories.

Read if you: like books that chronicle the sex lives of fictional characters.

Publishers’s Note: “Exhale is a queer anthology wrapped in the idea of a release, a letting go, breathing out. An orgasm. These are the stories that come out when you play sip or spill, truth or dare, never have I ever and lasts longer than 7 minutes in heaven. With sexual experiences from all over Africa, this anthology introduces some exciting new literary voices and brings you some of your established favourites.”

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If you’ve read the collection, tell us what you think.