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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 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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This Then Is My Inheritance

          Granny stood up and brushed the grass off her skirt. The yard was hushed, the silence broken only by a bird’s anxious trill. “It’s going to rain,” she said, and we all gathered up the mats and cups and carried them into the house.  Once inside, I asked Granny if […]

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This year, read ‘challenge’

I love competitions. During family holidays I have to dampen my Monica from Friends over-the-top competitive spirit and try to play 30 Seconds, Scrabble and card games nicely with others. It was mostly OK this festive season — I hardly made any of my family cry. I love book challenges and I don’t have to […]

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For Me, It is Humanity First: A Conversation with Wole Soyinka

Chronicles of the Happiest People on Earth, Wole Soyinka’s third novel, was published in November 2020. Bookcraft, his African publishers, organised readings in Lagos, Ibadan and Abuja in December to present the 506-page novel. The attendance was impressive. On 28 September 2021, Penguin Random House in the US and Bloomsbury in the UK will publish […]

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