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5 Take-aways from Yaa Gyasi’s Essay on Writing and Space

In an essay published recently in The Guardian, award winning author of Homegoing Yaa Gyasi talks about her “writing space.” The essay opens with a story about her ordering a desk that never arrived. After a number of frustrating customer service calls and an hour of tears and trying to figure out why the absence of the desk […]

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International Dublin Literary Award 2018: Imbolo Mbue, Yaa Gyasi, Yewande Omotoso, Nthikeng Mohlele, Mohale Mashigo Longlisted

The longlist for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award has been announced, and five Africans are on it: Cameroun’s Imbolo Mbue for Behold the Dreamers, Ghana’s Yaa Gyasi for Homegoing, Nigeria’s Yewande Omotoso for The Woman Next Door, and South Africans Nthikeng Mohlele for Pleasure and Mohale Mashigo for The Yearning. The 2017 award had […]

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Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing (Nearly) Claims Its Fourth Award of 2017

Yaa Gyasi’s hot debut novel, Homegoing, just fell short of bagging its fourth award of 2017, following wins of the National Book Critics Circle Award’s John Leonard Prize, the 2017 PEN Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction, and the American Book Awards. It was named runner-up for the 2017 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for fiction, ceding […]

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American Book Awards: Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing Wins Its Third Prize of 2017

Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing is among the sixteen winners of the 2017 American Book Awards. This recognition is the third major prize picked by the debut novel in 2017 as well as since its June 2016 publication, following its wins of the 2017 National Book Critics’ Circle’s John Leonard First Book Prize and the 2017 PEN Hemingway […]

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Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing Is Mandatory Reading for Stanford University Freshers

Yaa Gyasi’s multigenerational novel Homegoing is now mandatory reading for freshers at her alma mater, Stanford University. The heavy-hitting first novel was chosen as part of the university’s “Three Books” programme in which freshers are encouraged to read three recommended books. Set in Ghana and the US, Homegoing spans three centuries and seven generations, and follows […]

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African Literary Digest: 8 Must-Reads from April, 2017

Every month, we compile a list of reads from around the Internet that we find illuminating. For January, we chose eight pieces. For February, we picked fourteen pieces. For March, we selected nine. For April, we have eight. They include short stories, essays that contribute to some of our ongoing conversations on literature and pop culture, […]

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Dinaw Mengestu, Chinelo Okparanta and Yaa Gyasi Listed among Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists

Granta has released its prestigious once-in-a-decade Best of Young American Novelists list and it includes Ethiopia’s Dinaw Mengestu, Nigeria’s Chinelo Okparanta, and Ghana’s Yaa Gyasi. The 21-writer list, regarded as one of the most accurate and influential predictors of literary impact, is in its third publication. First released in 1997, it was followed by another […]

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Dear Ms. Paper: Why Does Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing Bother Me So Much?

 Dear Ms. Paper I found Gyasi’s Homegoing a dizzying, confusing wreck of a novel. It felt like way too many characters were jostling for space in a story that should just be about two women. The plot movement was too choppy for my taste, to be honest. Right when you’re getting invested in a character, […]

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The Nigerian queer art collective 14, which is set to release its second volume this week, has shared its cover, […]

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