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  • Junot Díaz reads Edwidge Danticat’s “Water Child” and discusses it with The New Yorker’s fiction editor, Deborah Treisman.

    tags: Fiction GoodReads Literature Haiti Edwidge_Danticat JunotDiaz

  • “Part of what makes Simphiwe Dana so compelling for me, part of why I had to write this book, is that she is almost impossible to govern,” writes Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola in her latest book, A renegade called Simphiwe. This book is a “creative-intellectual portrait” of the public (and private) life of the musician. In this country where our imagination of political liberation has largely focused on the soap-opera like manoeuvres of politicians, Gqola carefully recasts our eyes by showing us the intersection between the creative and the political. While we have been accustomed to colourful politically focused book titles fit for Hollywood blockbusters from Eight Days in September to Mangaung: Kings and Kingmakers, Gqola dares and goes against the grain in this book.

    tags: Literature Non-Fiction Fiction GoodReads Pumla_Gqola

  • Almost a decade has passed since Edwidge Danticat’s last work of book-length fiction, The Dew Breaker. In the meantime, she’s written a memoir (Brother, I’m Dying—National Book Critics Circle Award winner, National Book Award nominee), received a MacArthur “genius” grant, edited the Best American Essays and Haiti Noir collections, delivered a Toni Morrison Lectures series that was turned into a celebrated book (Create Dangerously), and, in successive years, received honorary degrees from Smith and Yale. She’s been so busy it’s almost easy to forget what a homecoming her new book is. After the long wait, Claire of the Sea Light has just been released by Knopf.

    tags: GoodReads Literature Fiction Non-Fiction Edwidge_Danticat

  • Díaz turns his remarkable talent to
    the haunting, impossible power of
    love – obsessive love, illicit love,
    fading love, maternal love. In prose
    that is endlessly energetic, inventive,
    tender, and funny, the stories in
    This Is How You Lose Her lay
    bare the infinite longing and inevitable
    weakness of the human heart.
    They remind us that passion always
    triumphs over experience, and that
    “the half-life of love is forever.

    tags: Literature Fiction GoodReads Non-Fiction JunotDiaz

  • “An incredibly readable and rich tapestry of Nigerian and American life, and the ways a handful of vivid characters-so vivid they feel like family-try to live in both worlds simultaneously. As she did so masterfully with Half of a Yellow Sun, Adichie paints on a grand canvas, boldly and confidently, equally adept at conveying the complicated political backdrop of Lagos as she is in bringing us into the day-to-day lives of her many new Americans-a single mom, a student, a hairdresser. This is a very funny, very warm and moving intergenerational epic that confirms Adichie’s virtuosity, boundless empathy and searing social acuity.”

    tags: GoodReads Literature Reading Fiction Nigeria ChimamandaNgoziAdichie

  • Reviews of Mr Loverman

    ‘Heartbreaking, yet witty, this is a story that also needed to be told.’ Book of the Year’ – Observer

    ‘A brilliant study of great characters in modern London. As such – as Mr Barrington Walker Esq himself might have acknowledged – it is very clever indeed.’ – Independent on Sunday

    ‘Fear and loathing of homosexuals has a long history in the West Indies….Bernardine Evaristo, in her funny, brave new novel, Mr Loverman …explores issues of homosexuality in the British West Indies and London’s West Indian diaspora community… I loved Mr Loverman…this tender, even trailblazing novel. – The Spectator

    tags: GoodReads Literature London Fiction Non-Fiction Reading BernardineEvaristo

  • Diriye Osman is the acclaimed author of Fairytales For Lost Children, a collection of stories that takes an intimate, passionate look at the lives of gay and lesbian Somalis living in the beach towns of Somalia, the suburbs of Kenya and the streets of South London.

    In an intimate evening of storytelling badassery, Diriye brings his trademark slangy style to Wanstead Library, London, to celebrate LGBT History Month. He’ll be performing extracts from Fairytales For Lost Children as well as signing copies of his book. As a special part of the LGBT History Month celebrations, Diriye will also give an exclusive performance of an exquisite, unpublished new story called I Once Belonged To The Sea, which will form part of his second collection-in-progress The Shape Of Purity.

    tags: GoodReads Literature Non-Fiction Fiction Reading Somalia Kenya SouthLondon DiriyeOsman

  • Soul-stirring, brain-expanding reads on intuition, love, grief, attention, education, and the meaning of life.

    tags: GoodReads Literature Reading Fiction Non-Fiction

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