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Why We Should Stop Marketing Black Sci-Fi as the Black Version of White Stories

A staff writer at The Mary Sue is calling for the literary world to “stop marketing Black sci-fi as the ‘Black version’ of White Stories.” It’s something that has been mentioned here and there on blogs and social media, but Princess Weekes is forcing a necessary long look at the trend, citing the receptions of […]

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Tochi Onyebuchi Talks New Book, Riot Baby, on Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show

The Nigerian novelist Tochi Onyebuchi was on Trevor Noah’s The Daily Show to discuss his new YA book Riot Baby. It tells the story of Ella who has an extraordinary gift that allows her to see into the future, and the burden on her when her protective brother Kev is incarcerated. It was named one […]

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Bernardine Evaristo Has a Fantasy Short Story in Vogue UK’s March Issue

Bernardine Evaristo has a new short story, “Star of the Season,” in Vogue UK’s March issue. Set in a world of high-concept couture, it focuses on a cybernetic socialite who decides the future of fashion. This issue of the magazine, its “Spring Fashion Issue,” has the Russian supermodel Irina Shayk on the cover. The Booker […]

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Children of Virtue and Vengeance | Read an Excerpt from the Second Novel in Tomi Adeyemi’s Legacy of Orisha Trilogy

A few months back, Adeyemi unveiled the cover for Children of Virtue and Vengeance, the second installment in her Legacy of Orisha trilogy, forthcoming on 3 December 2019. She told Essence that she had difficulty finding the perfect cover, before deciding on the one by the artist Sarah Jones, and that it is important that […]

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Afrofuturism Is Not for Africans Living in Africa, Says Mohale Mashigo in New Speculative Fiction Collection

South African novelist Mohale Mashigo, author of the UJ Prize-winning The Yearning, has some interesting opinions on Afrofuturism and its place. In the preface to her forthcoming collection of short stories, Intruders (Picador Africa, 2018), she makes a case about its relevance. “This collection would be incomplete for me if I didn’t include stories set in ‘the […]

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Tade Thompson Explains Why We Should Stop Talking About “The Rise” of African SFF

With the increased visibility of African speculative and fantasy fiction (African SFF, for short), and more and more writers working in the genre, and the unprecedented success of such names as Nigeria’s Nnedi Okorafor and Tomi Adeyemi, South Africa’s Lauren Beukes, and Liberia’s Wayetu Moore, conversations have risen around its description, presentation, celebration, and connection to […]

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Wayetu Moore’s Debut Novel, She Would Be King, Blends Historical Fiction and Magical Realism to Retell the Story of Liberia 

Liberian writer Wayetu Moore‘s debut novel is out. Published in September by Graywolf Press, She Would Be King is a blend of historical fiction and magical realism that retells the formation of Liberia. The book was named “A Most Anticipated Book for 2018” by both The Millions and The Rumpus, and has attracted praise from The New […]

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What Does Tragedy Have to do With Grief? — Prof. Ato Quayson on a New Episode of Critics.Reading.Writing

Professor Ato Quayson YouTube Channel Critic, Reading, Writing (1)

The first episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s youtube show is up! Ato Quayson is a Professor of English at Stanford […]

Saara El-Arifi’s Signs 2 Six-Figure Deals for Her Debut Novel The Final Strife

Saara El-Arifi's The Final Strife Double Six-Figure Deals

Sudanese-Arab-Ghanaian-British author Saara El-Arifi won big last week. Her debut novel The Final Strife landed a double six-figure deal in the […]

The Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity Announces Judges and Advisory Council

The Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity Announces Judges and Advisory Council (3)

The Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity has announced the judges for the inaugural award and the advisory board. The […]

BBC 4 to Broadcast Reading of Abi Daré’s The Girl with the Louding Voice

BBC 4 to Broadcast The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

Abi Daré’s The Girl with the Louding Voice will be narrated on BBC 4 by actress Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo. The novel […]

The 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize is Now Open for Entry

Apply for the 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize

The Aspen Words Literary Prize is open for entry as of today. The $35,000 prize annually rewards an “influential work […]

July 10 | Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwa on Conversations Across the Diaspora

July 10 _ Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwas on Conversations Across the Diaspora

Sarah Ladipo Manyika, author of In Dependence (2008) and Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun (2016), has teamed up […]

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