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Read an Exclusive Excerpt from Jumoke Verissimo’s A Small Silence

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We are happy to share an exclusive excerpt from Jumoke Verissimo’s A Small Silence, which comes out on July 30.  The novel tells an unusual story, one that readers will find delightfully surprising. Every day at 9 pm, a young woman named Desire visits an ex-prisoner named Prof. in his dark apartment (he likes the […]

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Teju Cole Releases Fourth Book Blind Spot | Read An Excerpt

Teju Cole does not repeat himself, which is why his new book, Blind Spot, published two weeks ago, is something unprecedented for him: a collection of photography and prose. It is his fourth book, after the novella Every Day Is for the Thief (2007, 2014), the novel Open City (2011), and the essay collection Known and Strange Things (2016). […]

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Excerpt From McEwan’s New Novel–Sweet Tooth

Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan will be out in a few weeks. But I’ve got an excerpt below to give you a taste of what’s to come. McEwan is a British novelist of fine repute. Most people know him as the guy who wrote the novel on which the movie Atonement was based. Funny story:  McEwan helped his son […]

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For Easy-Reading When You are Alone

She wanted them to think he was her lover, but more than that she wanted him as her lover. Even if only once…The Bird was playing. She tilted her heard toward the radio and listened to the hard sounds piling up on each other, yet not touching, waiting to hold Vinnie’s hand, the strange beautiful sounds […]

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Excerpt: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

  At night sometimes the roll of drums behind the curtain of trees would run up the river and remain sustained faintly, as if hovering in the air high over our heads, till the first break of day. Whether it meant war, peace, or prayer we could not tell. The dawns were heralded by the […]

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The World is not a Home. It is a Market.

“Samarkand and Other Markets I Have Known” is my favorite piece in Soyinka’s most recent book of poems, published in 2004. The poem is dedicated to the Egyptian writer, Naguib Mafouz and begins with two epigraphs. The first one, “The world is a market place” comes from a Yoruba song. And the second, taken from James […]

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Event | The Sixth Praxis Hangout, Focusing on Mental Health, Is Coming to Kano

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Praxis Hangout, a literary event hosted by the Nigeria-based Praxis Magazine Online, is coming to Kano. Organised in collaboration with […]

Wo̩lé S̩óyinká Turns 85, Birthday Wishes Pour In

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Professor Wo̩lé S̩óyinká turned 85 years old two days ago. Tributes and wishes have been pouring in from around the […]

Stimmen Afrikas Festival in Germany Set for 10th Anniversary in November, with Bibi Bakare-Yusuf as 2019 Curator

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The Stimmen Afrikas Festival in Germany—Voices of Africa in English—will be turning ten in November 2019. The festival, which aims […]

Safia Elhillo’s Debut YA Novel Acquired by Make Me a World

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The prize-winning Sudanese poet Safia Elhillo has had the North America rights to her debut Young Adult novel acquired by […]

Taiye Selasi Announces New TV Production Company That Will Be the Golden Age of Television Meets the African Silver Screen

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In yet another move into multimedia by a superstar African writer, Taiye Selasi has announced a TV production company that […]

Apply to BlackBird Books’ 4-Week Residency for Black Womxn Writers

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The South Africa-based publishing press Blackbird Books, in collaboration with Casa Lorde and Eunice Ngogodo Own Voices Initiative, is calling […]

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