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Carolyn Reidy, President and CEO of Simon and Schuster, Passes on at 71

The global publishing industry has lost a giant. Carolyn Reidy, the President and Chief Executive Officer of American publishing power-house Simon & Schuster has passed on at the age of 71. Simon and Schuster has published many African writers, including Tope Folarin, Nnedi Okorafor, Jennifer Makumbi, Petina Gappah, Temi Oh, José Eduardo Agualusa, Doris Lessing, […]

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A Friend, a Mentor, a Confidante | Read Professor Ato Quayson’s Tribute to the Late Literary Scholar Abiola Irele

Nigerian literary scholar Abiola Irele passed away last month. He was 81 years old when he died and had led a life dedicated to the study of African literature. The flood of condolence messages and tributes on social media is a testament to the man’s greatness as scholar, a colleague and a mentor. Wole Soyinka, […]

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Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian Novelist and Playwright, Passes on at 72

The Nigerian novelist and playwright Buchi Emecheta has passed on at the age of 72. Born in 1944, the much beloved icon was one of the most influential black writers of the latter half of the twenty-first century. Often described as “the first successful black woman novelist living in Britain after 1948,” she made her […]

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Isidore Okpewho, Nigeria’s Literary and Academic Star, Passes on

Isidore Okpewho, the Nigerian fiction writer and literary scholar, died on Sunday, the 4th of September in a Binghamton hospital in Upstate New York. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was 74. Many readers know him as the author of The Victims-–a dark and twisted family thriller that explores the dynamics of polygamy. […]

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BAD ARITHMETIC: 153 Dead, Half-Mast, 3 days Mourning

President Jonathan who has cancelled all his public engagements scheduled for tomorrow, has also directed that the Nigerian flag be flown at half-mast for the three days of national mourning. — State House Press Release, June 3, 2012 Official state mourning is a common practice. It’s mostly done when a Head of State or a dignitary […]

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R. I. P Carlos!

Mexican novelist, Carlos Fuentes, died yesterday. He was 83. It’s sad when you hear about a novelist for the first time on the occasion of their death. I took a quick survey of his novels, and I’m adding his novel, Diana, The Goddess Who Hunts Alone, to a summer reading list that I’ve kicked off with the […]

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Kwame Dawes’s “Yard Boy”: A Powerful Poem for Our Moment

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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 […]

Oh, Blessed Bri’Land | Jedah Mayberry | Fiction

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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, […]

Books That Go with Wine and Books That Don’t

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The beverages most associated with reading are tea and coffee. But many readers love to cozy up in bed with […]

In This House | Inok Rosemary | Poetry

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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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