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Doorstopper of a JK Rowling thriller may be too big for its plot

Troubled Blood, by Robert Galbraith (Sphere) This is the fifth in the Cormoran Strike/ Robin Ellacott series written by JK Rowling under the pen name Robert Galbraith, and it’s had a lot of negative publicity. Last year Rowling aired her views on gender, and in particular, transgender people, objecting to the replacement of the word […]

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A Man Who Is Not a Man

Description A Man Who Is Not A Man recounts the personal trauma of a young Xhosa initiate after a rite-of-passage circumcision goes wrong. With frankness and courage, this powerful novel details the pain and lifelong shame this protagonist experiences as a result not only of the physical trauma, but the social ostracism from being labeled […]

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Sunshine Book Club Discusses “The Shadow King” at Zoomdom

Sunshine Book Club, a band of passionate Book enthusiasts, meets next on January 30, 2021, in Zoomdom for its monthly book discussion. Members have been reading The Shadow King by A Novel by Maaza Mengiste. This novel was shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize. Here’s a brief summary about the book: Set during Mussolini’s 1935 invasion of […]

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The Victimized Villains Series #1: Coming From Insanity

            Case Study: Coming From Insanity Category: Movies Word Count: 400 This is the first article in the series, The Victimized Villains. In most cases, the audience is emotionally interested in a movie they can tell the difference between the protagonist and the antagonist. After all, who doesn’t love a […]

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The Night Hides with a Knife: A Silver Jubilee, A Historic Writers’ Convention

            As Nduka Otiono looks forward to the publication of the 25th anniversary edition of his first book which jointly won the ANA/Spectrum Prize for fiction, he turns the moment into reflections on a dark chapter of Nigerian literature — the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa as the 1995 the Nigeria […]

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Why Chimamanda is much in demand

Her fans can’t get enough of her. Aside from her books selling like hot cakes across the globe, she is in hot demand everywhere. Indeed one can easily gauge her rock star status by the kind of feverish excitement she induces in her fans during book tours and the intriguing way they fill up spaces […]

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Nobody Reads

When you first hear about a store called “Books by the Foot,” you might think: The name tells me they’ve got a whole lot of books to sell me. But it turns out this Washington, D.C.-area business is going for something far more literal. Books by the Foot, Ashley Fetters tells us in Politico, “has […]

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JP Clark Memorial, Soyinka’s Book Reading and Incidents at Kiagbodo

By Toyin Akinosho There were three books for the taking, on every seat, at the Church memorial for JP Clark in mid-December 2020. If you showed up, invited, at the Trinity House, a seaside venue right on the edge of the south Atlantic, you were entitled to JP Clark: Remains of a Tide (Poems, 2014-2017), […]

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No Road Back Home

By Abduqadir Jalalidin In this forgotten place I have no lover’s touch Each night brings darker dreams, I have no amulet My life is all I ask, I have no other thirst These silent thoughts torment, I have no way to hope Who I once was, what I’ve become, I cannot know Who could I […]

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Trump is likely to Pardon Bill Cosby, Gossips Say

The comedian Bill Cosby and the singer R. Kelly are two of the five people most likely to be pardoned, on his last day in office, by Donald Trump. “Stop us if you’ve heard this one before”, says Minority Report, a platform which describes itself as a weekly newsletter that dives into cultural news in […]

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