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Lagos Noir

Nigeria - W. Africa

Chris Abani | Release date: 5 Jun 2018

Lagos has, like many coastal cities, a very checkered and noir past. It is the largest city in Nigeria and its former capital. It is also the largest megacity on the African continent, with a population approximating twenty-one million, and by itself is the fourth-largest economy in Africa...

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The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After

Rwanda - E. Africa

Clemantine Wamariya, Elizabeth Weil | Release date: 24 Apr 2018

Clemantine Wamariya was six years old when her mother and father began to speak in whispers, when neighbors began to disappear, and when she heard the loud, ugly sounds her brother said were thunder. In 1994, she and her fifteen-year-old sister, Claire, fled the Rwandan massacre and spent ...

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Ordinary People

Nigeria - W. Africa

Diana Evans | Release date: 5 Apr 2018

‘You can take a leap, do something off the wall, something reckless. It’s your last chance, and most people miss it.’ South London, 2008. Two couples find themselves at a moment of reckoning, on the brink of acceptance or revolution. Melissa has a new baby and doesn’t want to let i...

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Children of Blood and Bones (Legacy of Orïsha)

Nigeria - W. Africa

Tomi Adeyemi | Release date: 6 Mar 2018

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie w...

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The Terrible

Nigeria - W. Africa

Yrsa Daley-Ward | Release date: 5 Jun 2018

This is the story of Yrsa Daley-Ward, and all the things that happened—“even the terrible things. And God, there were terrible things.” It’s about her childhood in the northwest of England with her beautiful, careworn mother Marcia; the man formerly known as Dad (half fun, half fri...

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The Parking Lot Attendant

Ethiopia - E. Africa

Nafkote Tamirat | Release date: 13 May 2018

A haunting story of fatherhood, national identity, and what it means to be an immigrant in America today, Nafkote Tamirat’s The Parking Lot Attendant explores how who we love, the choices we make, and the places we’re from combine to make us who we are. The story begins on an undis...

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Hold

Ghana - W. Africa

Michael Odonkor | Release date: 12 Jul 2018

Moving between Ghana and London, Hold is an intimate, moving, powerful coming-of-age novel. It’s a story of friendship and family, shame and forgiveness; of learning what we should cling to, and when we need to let go.    

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Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir

Kenya - E. Africa

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o | Release date: 6 Mar 2018

Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s powerful prison memoir begins half an hour before his release on 12 December 1978. A year earlier, he recalls, armed police arrived at his home and took him to Kenya’s Kamiti Maximum Security Prison. There, Ngugi lives in a block alongside other political prisoner...

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We Once Belonged to the Sea

Somalia - E. Africa

Diriye Osman | Release date: 1 Oct 2018

Two women – a reclusive queer Somali artist and a gifted Iranian-Somali teenage punk. Both have survived extraordinary circumstances, and find unexpected solace, inspiration and friendship when their lives intersect. In a novel anchored by memory and loss, art-making and ambition, bo...

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Small Country

Burundi - E. Africa

Gaël Faye | Release date: 5 Jun 2018

‘I was born with this story. It ran in my blood. I belonged to it.’ Burundi, 1992. For ten-year-old Gabriel, life in his comfortable expatriate neighborhood of Bujumbura with his French father, Rwandan mother and little sister Ana, is something close to paradise. These are carefree day...

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