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    Black Leopard Red Wolf

    Black Leopard, Red Wolf  is a 2019 fantasy novel by writer Marlon James. It is the first book of a planned trilogy. The novel draws on African history and mythology, blended into the landscape of the North Kingdom and the South Kingdom, and the political tensions between these two warring states, as well as various city-states and tribes in the surrounding landscape.

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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: TJ Benson in conversation with Tolu Daniel. Writers Project of Ghana. We Wont Fade Into Darkness.

Venue: Jamrock Cafe

Date: 28th June, 2019

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Event: Book chat with Folarin Phillips Banigbe

Venue: Ouida House, 3C Oba Dosunmu Street, Off Isaac John Street, Ikeja GRA

Date: Wednesday June 12th , 2019

Time: 4pm

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Event: Conversation & Book Signing Session with Olusegun Adeniyi

Venue: The Booksellers Ltd. 52, Magazine road, Jericho, Ibadan

Date: June 8th , 2019

Time: 10am

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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: HADIZA EL-RUFAI

TheBookDealerNG’s WCW is Hadiza El-Rufai.

She was born Hadiza Isma on June 21st 1960 in Kano City

She has a BSc and MSc in Architecture (1983) and an MBA (1992) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and a Masters in Creative Writing (2012) from Bath Spa University, United Kingdom..

From there, she worked as a lecturer at the Department of Architecture at Kaduna Polytechnic, a few more years at the National Electric Power Authority, before working in private practice.

She speaks French fluently.

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LITERARY PIECE OF THE WEEK

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Ope Adedeji writes new speculative fiction with themes of reincarnation on @BarrenMagazine

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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.