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Not quite a decade ago, author Teju Cole penned Eight Letters to a Young Writer. A fictional exercise in which he gives advice to a young Nigerian writer in a series of eight letters. It’s also a lovely, leisurely read, packed with practical advice for writers, seasoned and new.
Eight Letters to a Young Writer is a fictional exercise of letters addressed to a fictional young Nigerian writer. The letters contains advice or as the author said ‘suggestions’ as to how the young writer should go on pursuing his passion for writing stories.
He was born to Nigerian parents and grew up in Lagos. His mother taught French and his father was a business executive who exported chocolate. The first book he read at six was an abridgment of Tom Sawyer. At fifteen he published cartoons regularly in Prime People, Nigeria’s version of Vanity Fair. Two years later he moved to the United States.
Since then, he has spent most of his time studying art history, except for an unhappy year in medical school. He currently lives in Brooklyn.