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Laila Lalami’s Forthcoming Memoir Conditional Citizens Recounts Her Journey from Moroccan Immigrant to U.S. Citizen

Moroccan-American author Laila Lalami has a new book forthcoming on September 22, 2020 from Pantheon Books. Titled Conditional Citizens, the memoir details Lalami’s journey from her home country Morocco to the United States, and her experiences as an immigrant in America. At 208 pages, the book is Laila Lalami’s debut work as a memoirist, and […]

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Is There a Quota of 5 Books by African Authors for Every “Best 100 Books of 2019” List?

As yet another year draws to a close, literary lists of various sorts are once again filling our newsfeeds. During the first week of November 2019, BBC Arts released a list titled “100 Novels That Shaped Our World.” On that list, Brittle Paper noted that there were five novels by African authors which, in the words […]

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Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans Longlisted for the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize

Moroccan-American novelist Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans has recently been longlisted for the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize. Described on the Aspen Prize’s site as “a family saga, a murder mystery and a love story,” Lalami’s fourth novel traces the death of a Moroccan immigrant in the US whose demise brings together a range of characters “deeply divide […]

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Laila Lalami, Scholastique Mukasonga, & Akwaeke Emezi Are Finalists for the 2019 National Book Awards

Moroccan American novelist Laila Lalami, Rwandan novelist Scholastique Mukasonga, and Nigerian novelist Akwaeke Emezi are finalists for the 2019 National Book Awards in the US. The 25 shortlisted books and authors fall under five categories: Young People’s Literature, Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, and Translated Literature. Lalami is nominated in the Fiction category for her fourth novel […]

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Twelve African Writers on the Legacy of Toni Morrison, for Decades the Greatest Living Writer

Toni Morrison, for decades the greatest living writer, passed on at 88, on 6 August. We have compiled tributes to her, published on other sites, by Namwali Serpell, Diana Evans, Bernardine Evaristo, Chigozie Obioma, Ben Okri, Aminatta Forna, Afua Hirsch, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, Margaret Busby, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Laila Lalami. For […]

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Read an Excerpt from Laila Lalami’s New Novel, The Other Americans

Laila Lalami’s new novel The Other Americans—released on 26 March 2019 by Pantheon, an imprint of Penguin Random House—is a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story. The 320-page book traces the death of a Moroccan immigrant in the US whose demise brings together a range of characters “deeply divide by race, religion, […]

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Laila Lalami’s Fourth Novel, The Other Americans, Is a Family Saga, a Murder Mystery, and a Love Story

Laila Lalami’s new novel is forthcoming on 26 March 2019 from Pantheon, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The 320-page The Other Americans traces the death of a Moroccan immigrant in the US whose demise brings together a range of characters “deeply divide by race, religion, and class.” Here is a description from its publishers. […]

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Kwame Dawes recently wrote a poem titled “Yard Boy” that speaks to the recent events surrounding the death of George […]

Teju Cole’s Spotify Playlists Offer Musical Solace for These Times

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Among Teju Cole’s many talents is his ability to curate music that captures a mood or even the feel of […]

Petina Gappah to Write Play About the Censorship History of Dambudzo Marechera’s Novel Black Sunlight

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Petina Gappah recently announced that she was writing a play that focuses on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo […]

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Bri’Land glistened at me, her brilliant display of pink sand shimmering in delight.  It would seem that I had finally, […]

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  In this house, we sift our words, Never letting the walls hear what they shouldn’t. The fear of their […]

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