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SYNOPSIS

The plot, narrated in flashback and with non-chronological episodes, centers on the character of Tracker, a man known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: “He has a nose,” people say.

Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier in the North Kingdom, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. Over nine years, Tracker’s trials connect him with the Leopard, a shape-shifting hunter; Nyka, a skin-shedding mercenary (both of whom are former lovers of Tracker); the Sangoma, a divinatory healer who protects cast out children and cast a protective charm on Tracker and taught him minor spells; a centuries-old Moon Witch named Sogolon; a giant called an Ogo that they call Sadogo; a prefect soldier named Mossi that “smells of myrrh” and appears to be sexually attracted to Tracker; and dozens more.

The band in the quest is a hodgepodge full of unusual characters with secrets of their own. The plot of the book is largely framed as a conversation between Tracker and a captor of his, with Tracker narrating his life and the quest non-linearly. Several shifts occur throughout the novel, leading to a seemingly intentional obfuscation of the narrative and plot. The larger plot involves political tensions between different tribes, as well as historical and mounting tensions between the North Kingdom and the South Kingdom.

 

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Event: YELF Foundation Book club meeting.

Venue:  Creativity Court; 21 Malam Isa Hassan Road, Unguwan Dosa. Kaduna State

Date: 16th November, 2019

Time: 4pm Prompt

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Event: In Conversation with Lesley Nneka Arimah

Venue:  Cafe One by Sterling, Lennox Mall, Admiralty Way, Lekki, Lagos.

Date: Sunday 11th August, 2019

Time: 4-6pm

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Event: Cora – The Nigeria Prize for Literature 2019 Book Party

Venue:  Shell hall, Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

Date: 28th July, 2019

Time: 2pm Prompt.

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Event: The Creative Writing Program of Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation’s YELF Literary Evening

Venue:  Creativity Court; 21 Malam Isa Hassan Road, Ungwan Dosa Kaduna

Date: 27th July, 2019

Time: 4pm Prompt.

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Event: Ahmadu Bello University Arts Festival(A.B.U. FEST)

Venue: Ahmadu Bello University

Date: 26th and 27th July

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Event: Book Reading – Abduction Chronicles by Folarin Philip Banigbe
Discussion Session: Helping victims of abduction.

Venue: Workstation. 7. Ibiyinka Olorunbe close Victoria Island. Lagos.

Date: 13 July

Time: 4pm

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Event: AlitFest 2019 (Arts & Social Consciousness)

Venue: Exhibition Pavilion, Area 10, Garki

Date: 11th – 13th July , 2019

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#WCW: BISI ADJAPON

TheBookDealerNG’s WCW is Bisi Adjapon

Bisi Adjapon, author of Of Women And Frogs. The book chronicles the story of Esi, a feisty half-Nigerian girl growing up in post-colonial Ghana, with occasional visits to her maternal family in Lagos. When curiosity about her body leads to a ginger-in-the-vagina punishment from her stepmother, Esi begins to question the hypocrisy of the adults around her who place restrictions on her just because she is a girl.

Bisi Adjapon’s writings have appeared in journals and newspapers including McSweeney’s Quarterly, Washington Times, Daily Graphic and Chicken Bones. She founded and ran The Young Shakespeare company for four years in America. Her short story, the short story version of Of Women and Frogs was nominated for the Caine Prize by Dave Eggers. Her black and white art work sit in prominent homes in America. As an International Affairs Specialist for the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service, she won the Civil Rights Award for Human Relations, and a Strategic Objective Award for her work on the Norman Borlaug Capacity Building Fellows targeting women in developing countries. She holds degrees in French and Spanish and has worked in several embassies, taught and managed projects in Costa Rica, Mexico, South Africa and Ghana. Until recently, she was a language instructor at the Diplomatic Language School in Virginia. Currently, she divides her time between Ghana and America.

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LITERARY PIECE OF THE WEEK

Skinned by lesley arimah

Lesley Arimah, author of “What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky” (Seriously, if you have not read it, here.) won the 2019 @caineprize for African Writing with this beautiful story set in a society where women have to be naked till they get married.

Read here.

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12 African writers have been nominated for the 2020 International DublinLitAward

12 African writers have been nominated for the 2020 Dublin Literature Award. This is the worlds richest annual literary price.

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Dami Ajayi, Nigerian poet and doctor in spat with BA over missing laptop

Award winning Nigerian poet and psychiatric doctor, Dr. Dami Ajayi is engaged in a twitter spat with British Airways following the loss/theft of his laptop while aboard a BA flight enroute Lagos from London.

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NNEDI OKORAFOR SHARES PICTURES OF NEW BOOK

Nnedi shared pictures of her forthcoming Memoir, Broken Places and Outer Spaces (published by TEDBOOKS) and Shuri, the Marvel graphic novel she wrote.

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NEW BOOK ON NARRATIVE LANDSCAPE PRESS SHELF

On friday June 8th, Oyinkan Braithwaite joined the Narrative Landscape Press family. They will be publishing her debut novel; MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER. soon. i can’t wait to stock copies on our own shelf

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THERE IS AN ELEPHANT IN MY WARDROBE

Yejide Kilanko just tweeted about her first picture book being published by Farafina Books later this year. It is children fiction and it will address anxiety. how cool is that?

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COVER REVEAL RELEASE

Cassava Republic Press is proud to reveal the cover for ‘She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak’, a ground-breaking collection of 25 first-hand narratives from a cross section of queer Nigerian Women.

 

Edited by Azeenarh Mohammed, Chitra Nagarajan, and Rafeeat Aliyu, these narratives give the reader access to the narrators’ innermost thoughts and explore what it means to be a queer woman within Nigeria’s often deeply conservative communities.

 

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Lagos Noir

Nnedi Okorafor tweeted about a new collection of short stories coming out in June. It features stories from Igoni Barrett, E.C. Osundu, Leye Adenle and others edited by Chris Abani. Her story in it is titled, ‘Shologo’ about the eponymous wild man in Lagos.

 

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Nnedi Okorafor Releases First Issue of “Black Panther: Long Live the King.” Long Live The Queen.

The forthcoming Black Panther movie, starring Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, has generated a world of hype. Everyday, with each news, we melt in anticipation.

To sustain the hype ahead of the film’s February 2018 release, Marvel announced two new comic-book miniseries: the first, written by Nnedi Okorafor, is Black Panther: Long Live The King. And its first issue just dropped.

See more of the preview HERE.
Buy Black Panther: Long Live the King HERE.

Uzodinma Iweala Unveils Official Author Photos In Advance of His New Novel’s Release

Uzodinma Iweala unveiled official author photographs ahead of the March 2018 release of his highly-anticipated novel, Speak No Evil.

Speak No Evil comes 12 years after Iweala published his bestselling debut, Beast of No Nation. The novel tells the story of Niru, a gay Nigerian teenager, and the fallout with his family when his father finds out he is gay.

The unveiling of these photographs tells us that publicity for the new book is underway and that the first set of reviews should be coming pretty soon. You should also expect to begin seeing announcements of book signing events.

Ayobami Adebayo Honoured at The Future Awards, Alongside WizKid, Davido and Anthony Joshua

Ayobami Adebayo, author of the Baileys Prize-shortlisted novel Stay with Me, has been honoured at the 2017 The Future Awards, receiving The Future Awards Africa Prize for Arts and Culture. Also honoured at the Lagos ceremony were: Davido, who received The Future Awards Africa Prize for Music; Anthony Joshua, who received The Future Awards Africa Prize for Sports; and WizKid, who received The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year, an award won in 2008 by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

The Future Awards, currently in its 12th year, celebrates Africans between ages 18 and 31 who are deemed to be making a difference in their respective fields—arts, technology, entertainment, business, agriculture, public service.

9mobile Prize For Literature 2018 Longlist

Nigerian and UK edition of AKATA WARRIOR released

 

Miles Morland Foundation Shortlist

Miles Morland Foundation has announced its shortlist. They have 6 from South Africa, 4 each from Nigeria and Kenya, 2 from Cameroon and 1 each from Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Gambia and Botswana.

The 2017 Brittle Paper Literary Awards: The Winners

The Brittle Paper Literary Awards recognizes the finest, original pieces of literature by Africans available online for free. It has five categories —Fiction ($200), Poetry ($200), Creative Nonfiction/Memoir ($200), Essays/Think Pieces ($200), and the Anniversary Award ($300) for writing. Across these five categories, 48 pieces of writing, each beautifully crafted and thought-provoking, were shortlisted based on their quality, significance and impact. Check out the five winning entries here.

Ouida Books announces new title

Ouida Books has announced a new book in her stable. An Abundance of Scorpions by Hadiza Isma Elrufai. The cover is simply beautiful, like the rest of Ouida books. We can’t wait to get our hands on it.

Ikeogu Oke wins 2017 NLNG prize

Ikeogu Oke has won the 2017 NLNG prize for literature. He is 100,000 dollars richer! Congrats!!!

Olumide Popoola shortlisted for Diva literature award

Olumide Popoola has been shortlisted for the inaugural #DLA17 @YlvaPublishing Fiction award.

Vote here.

The Adichie Collection

Narrative Landscape will be releasing new editions of Chimamanda’s books in april. These books have Ankara covers from Vlisco.

 

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Lagos Noir

Nnedi Okorafor tweeted about a new collection of short stories coming out in June. It features stories from Igoni Barrett, E.C. Osundu, Leye Adenle and others edited by Chris Abani. Her story in it is titled, ‘Shologo’ about the eponymous wild man in Lagos.

 

Lagos Noir, an anthology featuring Nnedi Okorafor, Igoni Barrett, Chika Unigwe ... www.thebookdealerng.com/news-community/ Click To Tweet

Nnedi Okorafor Releases First Issue of “Black Panther: Long Live the King.” Long Live The Queen.

The forthcoming Black Panther movie, starring Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, has generated a world of hype. Everyday, with each news, we melt in anticipation.

To sustain the hype ahead of the film’s February 2018 release, Marvel announced two new comic-book miniseries: the first, written by Nnedi Okorafor, is Black Panther: Long Live The King. And its first issue just dropped.

See more of the preview HERE.
Buy Black Panther: Long Live the King HERE.

Uzodinma Iweala Unveils Official Author Photos In Advance of His New Novel’s Release

Uzodinma Iweala unveiled official author photographs ahead of the March 2018 release of his highly-anticipated novel, Speak No Evil.

Speak No Evil comes 12 years after Iweala published his bestselling debut, Beast of No Nation. The novel tells the story of Niru, a gay Nigerian teenager, and the fallout with his family when his father finds out he is gay.

The unveiling of these photographs tells us that publicity for the new book is underway and that the first set of reviews should be coming pretty soon. You should also expect to begin seeing announcements of book signing events.

Ayobami Adebayo Honoured at The Future Awards, Alongside WizKid, Davido and Anthony Joshua

Ayobami Adebayo, author of the Baileys Prize-shortlisted novel Stay with Me, has been honoured at the 2017 The Future Awards, receiving The Future Awards Africa Prize for Arts and Culture. Also honoured at the Lagos ceremony were: Davido, who received The Future Awards Africa Prize for Music; Anthony Joshua, who received The Future Awards Africa Prize for Sports; and WizKid, who received The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year, an award won in 2008 by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

The Future Awards, currently in its 12th year, celebrates Africans between ages 18 and 31 who are deemed to be making a difference in their respective fields—arts, technology, entertainment, business, agriculture, public service.

9mobile Prize For Literature 2018 Longlist

Nigerian and UK edition of AKATA WARRIOR released

 

Miles Morland Foundation Shortlist

Miles Morland Foundation has announced its shortlist. They have 6 from South Africa, 4 each from Nigeria and Kenya, 2 from Cameroon and 1 each from Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Gambia and Botswana.

The 2017 Brittle Paper Literary Awards: The Winners

The Brittle Paper Literary Awards recognizes the finest, original pieces of literature by Africans available online for free. It has five categories —Fiction ($200), Poetry ($200), Creative Nonfiction/Memoir ($200), Essays/Think Pieces ($200), and the Anniversary Award ($300) for writing. Across these five categories, 48 pieces of writing, each beautifully crafted and thought-provoking, were shortlisted based on their quality, significance and impact. Check out the five winning entries here.

Ouida Books announces new title

Ouida Books has announced a new book in her stable. An Abundance of Scorpions by Hadiza Isma Elrufai. The cover is simply beautiful, like the rest of Ouida books. We can’t wait to get our hands on it.

Ikeogu Oke wins 2017 NLNG prize

Ikeogu Oke has won the 2017 NLNG prize for literature. He is 100,000 dollars richer! Congrats!!!

Olumide Popoola shortlisted for Diva literature award

Olumide Popoola has been shortlisted for the inaugural #DLA17 @YlvaPublishing Fiction award.

Vote here.

Lagos Noir

Nnedi Okorafor tweeted about a new collection of short stories coming out in June. It features stories from Igoni Barrett, E.C. Osundu, Leye Adenle and others edited by Chris Abani. Her story in it is titled, ‘Shologo’ about the eponymous wild man in Lagos.

 

Lagos Noir, an anthology featuring Nnedi Okorafor, Igoni Barrett, Chika Unigwe ... www.thebookdealerng.com/news-community/ Click To Tweet

Nnedi Okorafor Releases First Issue of “Black Panther: Long Live the King.” Long Live The Queen.

The forthcoming Black Panther movie, starring Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, has generated a world of hype. Everyday, with each news, we melt in anticipation.

To sustain the hype ahead of the film’s February 2018 release, Marvel announced two new comic-book miniseries: the first, written by Nnedi Okorafor, is Black Panther: Long Live The King. And its first issue just dropped.

See more of the preview HERE.
Buy Black Panther: Long Live the King HERE.

Uzodinma Iweala Unveils Official Author Photos In Advance of His New Novel’s Release

Uzodinma Iweala unveiled official author photographs ahead of the March 2018 release of his highly-anticipated novel, Speak No Evil.

Speak No Evil comes 12 years after Iweala published his bestselling debut, Beast of No Nation. The novel tells the story of Niru, a gay Nigerian teenager, and the fallout with his family when his father finds out he is gay.

The unveiling of these photographs tells us that publicity for the new book is underway and that the first set of reviews should be coming pretty soon. You should also expect to begin seeing announcements of book signing events.

Ayobami Adebayo Honoured at The Future Awards, Alongside WizKid, Davido and Anthony Joshua

Ayobami Adebayo, author of the Baileys Prize-shortlisted novel Stay with Me, has been honoured at the 2017 The Future Awards, receiving The Future Awards Africa Prize for Arts and Culture. Also honoured at the Lagos ceremony were: Davido, who received The Future Awards Africa Prize for Music; Anthony Joshua, who received The Future Awards Africa Prize for Sports; and WizKid, who received The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year, an award won in 2008 by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

The Future Awards, currently in its 12th year, celebrates Africans between ages 18 and 31 who are deemed to be making a difference in their respective fields—arts, technology, entertainment, business, agriculture, public service.

9mobile Prize For Literature 2018 Longlist

Nigerian and UK edition of AKATA WARRIOR released

 

Miles Morland Foundation Shortlist

Miles Morland Foundation has announced its shortlist. They have 6 from South Africa, 4 each from Nigeria and Kenya, 2 from Cameroon and 1 each from Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Gambia and Botswana.

The 2017 Brittle Paper Literary Awards: The Winners

The Brittle Paper Literary Awards recognizes the finest, original pieces of literature by Africans available online for free. It has five categories —Fiction ($200), Poetry ($200), Creative Nonfiction/Memoir ($200), Essays/Think Pieces ($200), and the Anniversary Award ($300) for writing. Across these five categories, 48 pieces of writing, each beautifully crafted and thought-provoking, were shortlisted based on their quality, significance and impact. Check out the five winning entries here.

Ouida Books announces new title

Ouida Books has announced a new book in her stable. An Abundance of Scorpions by Hadiza Isma Elrufai. The cover is simply beautiful, like the rest of Ouida books. We can’t wait to get our hands on it.

Ikeogu Oke wins 2017 NLNG prize

Ikeogu Oke has won the 2017 NLNG prize for literature. He is 100,000 dollars richer! Congrats!!!

Olumide Popoola shortlisted for Diva literature award

Olumide Popoola has been shortlisted for the inaugural #DLA17 @YlvaPublishing Fiction award.

Vote here.

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