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

Among Teju Cole’s many talents is his ability to curate music that captures a mood or even the feel of a place. Since mid-March, when the lockdown began, Cole has been putting together playlists on Spotify that, as he explains on his Facebook page, are in line with the “gesture of sharing music in a […]

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Books That Go with Wine and Books That Don’t

The beverages most associated with reading are tea and coffee. But many readers love to cozy up in bed with a book and a glass of wine. Great weekend pastime. Our resident librarian, who is, of course imaginary, happens to be a part-time sommelier. So we asked her for recommendations on what books are best […]

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Teju Cole’s Essay on The Disposability of Black Lives is Essential Reading for Our Current Moment

As we mourn the death of George Floyd, whose life was brutally taken by a white police officer in Minneapolis, let us reflect on something Teju Cole wrote a few days after another black man, Michael Brown, was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, back in 2014. The piece, titled “Black Body: Rereading James Baldwin’s ‘Stranger in […]

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Apply to Teju Cole’s Online Workshop for Writers & Photographers

Teju Cole announced on Facebook that he will be hosting an online workshop for writers and photographers. The workshop, titled “Paragraph/Photograph,” will take place across three consecutive Sundays in May. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 29, at 5pm EST (9pm GMT). There are three conditions for applying to the workshop. Read Cole’s post below […]

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Read Teju Cole’s Ravishingly Imagined, COVID-19-inspired Fable of a Mysterious City  

Teju Cole is on top of his game in a new, Coronavirus-inspired short story published on LEVEL, a publication hosted on Medium. The ravishingly imagined “City of Pain” follows a traveller who arrives a holy city, Reggiana, whose citizens, rich and poor alike, are being plucked by “the Visitation,” a democratic hand of death. Remarkably, […]

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Petina Gappah on Being Influenced by Tsitsi Dangarembga, Admiring Teju Cole & Zadie Smith, & Why Her Livingstone Novel Took 20 Years

Petina Gappah has a new interview in The Guardian UK, and in it she talks about her most recent book, the novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light (2019), which tells the story of the people who carried the 19th century explorer David Livingstone’s body to the ocean. She explains her research process, how she created […]

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Attend The New Yorker Festival Masterclass with Teju Cole and Zadie Smith

Tickets are currently on sale for a masterclass with the award-winning writers Teju Cole and Zadie Smith. Themed “On Writing,” it is part of a series of events for the 20th The New Yorker Festival, a landmark event every October which “brings together the biggest names in news, politics, books, film, music, art, and popular […]

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Photos from the BookArtArea Workshop, Facilitated by Teju Cole, Emmanuel Iduma, & Ayobami Adebayo

In June, BookArtArea, the educational initiative of Angels and Muse, the popular artists’ co-working space in Lagos, called for applications to a free prose-writing masterclass. It was to be taught by Harvard creative writing professor Teju Cole, whose reflection, “Distance of Days,” we published; Saraba editor Emmanuel Iduma, whose nonfiction book A Stranger’s Pose was recently […]

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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 […]

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year in the British Book Awards

  Bernardine Evaristo’s winning streak continues as she dominates two categories of the 2020 British Book Awards: Best Fiction Book […]

Apply for the 2020 Morland Writing Scholarship | £27,000 for Nonfiction, £18,000 Fiction

Apply for the 2020 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship

The Miles Morland Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Morland African Writing Scholarships. The awards offer a fiction […]

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity | Here is How to Nominate Someone

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity _ Here is How to Nominate Someone

Nominations for The Nigeria Prize for Difference & Diversity is officially open. The new prize, co-presented by digital media platform […]

This is Why I am Endowing a N1 Million Prize for Difference and Diversity in Nigeria | Chude Jideonwo

This is Why I am Endowing a N1 Million Prize for Difference and Diversity in Nigeria _ Chude Jideonwo (2)

Last year, I wrote a piece on CNN during Pride Month​—​a month set aside to celebrate sexual and gender diversity […]

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