Photo credit to Robin Schlaht.

Ugandan-Canadian journalist Iryn Tushabe is set to publish her debut novel titled Everything is Fine Here with House of Anansi in winter 2025.

Set in Uganda, Tushabe’s debut explores the moment a young woman asserts herself outside the religious and cultural limits of her family in order to stand with her lesbian sister. These familial tensions ultimately leads the main character to emerge—disastrously, tragically, but ultimately with renewed compassion—into adulthood.

We are excited to read Tushabe’s addition to the growing field of African queer literature! This novel sounds like it will please many readers – those who enjoy coming-of-age tales as well as those who like a little bit of family drama. We can’t wait to read it!

Iryn Tushabe is a Ugandan-Canadian writer and journalist. She has been shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing and was the winner of the 2020 City of Regina Writing Award. Tushabe’s creative non-fiction has appeared in Briarpatch, adda, Prairies North, and on CBC Saskatchewan. Her short fiction has been published in Grain, The Carter V. Cooper Short Fiction Anthology Series, and The Journey Prize Stories.

Congrats to Tushabe on her debut novel!