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Taiye Selasi Has Interesting Things to Say About The God of Small Things and The Color Purple

Writing in The Guardian‘s “Books That Made Me” series, Taiye Selasi had some books listed. She was reading Chiara Barzini’s Things that Happened Before the Earthquake. She wished she had written Garth Greenwell’s What Belongs to You. She was influenced by Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Her decision to leave the US to live in Italy was influenced […]

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African Literature on Instagram Vol. 3 | Taiye Selasi: The Jet-setting Literary Diva

It’s yet another edition of the “African Literature on Instagram” series, and we can’t wait to take you into the magical world of Taiye Selasi, the author of Ghana Must Go. [Check out African Literature on Instagram Vol 1 and Vol 2] Today, African literary figures are not satisfied with just being writers. They tend to […]

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Photo of the Week | #AfricanLiterature

I write essays to clear my mind. I write fiction to open my heart. — Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go   Taiye Selais shared this photo on Instagram a few days ago with the caption “Life On the Road.” Have a lovely weekend and stay inspired! ************* Image from author’s Instagram page: @ghanamustgo  

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Taiye Selasi on Having a Jealous Muse

  TAIYE SELASI: “When I was 4 I told my mum I wanted to be a writer, and for the next 25 years not a day went by when I did not think about ‘my first book.’ One day I would write my first book so finally just before I turned thirty I thought it […]

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The Lives Behind The Work — Taiye Selasi’s Panther Mom

I follow African novelists on various social media platforms. The joys of being a blogger. One of the things I quickly learned about Taiye Selasi is that she is a creature of the hearth. Her family means a lot to her. I can only imagine that the road to becoming a writer is long, winding, […]

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New Video: Taiye Selasi On Writers Block, Boys (sort of), And Moving Back To Ghana

In this video clip of an interview in Denmark,  Taiye Selasi shares one small bit of personal detail about the labor that went into producing her debut novel.  Selasi began writing Ghana Must Go in Copenhagen. The first 100 pages came uninterrupted in what she calls, “one contiguous flow.” The next 200 was a different matter. […]

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Taiye Selasi Is Thinking About Her Next Novel

Less than a year after her critically acclaimed novel, Ghana Must Go, hit the stands, the Afropolitan author seems to be gearing herself for round two. In a Facebook post titled, “Regarding second novels,” Selasi shared this photo and quote about fighting writer’s block. One reason that people have artist’s block is that they do […]

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Selasi Says There’s No African Literature in Her Literary Utopia

The author of Ghana Must Go was asked to speak at a literary festival in Berlin. She gave a lecture in which she claimed that as far as categorizing literary forms go, “African literature” was meaningless and should be discarded.   I’ve excerpted the long lecture to highlight the main arguments. But is the category […]

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Chimurenga has released its April 2019 issue of The Chronic. Themed “Who Killed Kabila II,” the issue is built around […]

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