Friday, September 30, 2011

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fine Boys is out!

Eghosa Imasuen's Fine Boys is out and you can grab your copy right now. Oh, I meant you can download your copy! See, Naija has gone all high tech. Fine Boys  has been described as an important book for all Africans everywhere. You sure need a copy of that kind of book on your laptop or mobile device.
You can preorder your copy as from today from www.hibuzz.com. It costs just N700.
Join the author from 7pm to 9pm at Terra Kulture on Tiamiyu Savage in Victoria Island, Lagos, this Friday 30th September as he gives his first public reading of Fine Boys. There you can catch the cool demonstration of a Hibuzz.com download. If the reading and the download are not enough for you, go and eat free chops! Just be there if you are in Lagos! The book will go live on hibuzz  that Friday.


Farafina Books will also be hosting a live chat with author Eghosa Imasuen on Facebook on Saturday 1st October from 7pm. Get the complete lowdown from the Farafina blog right here.

What She Thinks: Better dey happen...

Saturday, September 24, 2011

ZOETROPE: ALL-STORY SHORT FICTION CONTEST

First prize: $1,000
Second prize: $500
Third prize: $250

The three prizewinners and seven honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, Aitken Alexander Associates, Barer Literary, the Gernert Company, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency.
Important Dates:
Entries must be complete by October 3, 2011, at 11:59 P.M. PDT. Results will be announced at the website December 15 and in the Spring 2012 issue of Zoetrope: All-Story; and the winning story will be published as a special online supplement to that Spring 2012 issue.

Complete Guidelines:
We accept all genres of literary fiction. Entries must be: unpublished; strictly 5,000 words or less; and accompanied by a $15 entry fee per story. There are no formatting restrictions; please ensure only that the story is legible.

We welcome multiple entries ($15/story) and entries from outside the U.S. We will e-mail contest updates and results to anyone who provides an active e-mail address. Entrants retain all rights to their stories. Once a story is submitted, we cannot accept an updated draft. (However, an entrant is welcome to submit an updated draft as a new entry.) Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.
Please e-mail us at contests@all-story.com with further questions. Thank you for your interest, and good luck!
Learn more or enter the contest online here.

What She Thinks: If like me, you are resident in Nigeria, don't sweat about about paying that $15, I'm guessing you could pay with a regular Naira Mastercard. Best of luck!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Fiction Friday: I Live With Him, I See His Face, I Go No More Away by Helen Oyeyemi

 Long time! I am in between places and in between things. Tragically, I have for the past few weeks been without my sweetheart, the lovely Toshiba laptop that has been a dear friend for about two years now. I type this from a strange HP laptop that has makes me miss my sweet Toshiba so much. 
This week we read Helen Oyeyemi's story. I haven't read any of her novels but this story sure makes me want to read them all. You want to read the story? Go right here
What She Thinks: Toshiba or no Toshiba, expect at least two posts per week on this page. One on Friday, the other on any other day.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Iowa Short Fiction Award

Have you completed work on a collection of short stories? This could be for you!
Any writer who has not previously published a volume of prose fiction is eligible to enter the competition.  Writers are still eligible if they have published a volume of poetry or any work in a language other than English or if they have self-published a work in a small print run. Writers are still eligible if they are living abroad or are non-US citizens writing in English. 

Manuscript

The manuscript must be a collection of short stories in English of at least 150 word-processed, double-spaced pages.  The manuscript may include a cover page, contents page, etc., but these are not required. The author's name can be on every page but this is not required. Stories previously published in periodicals are eligible for inclusion. There is no reading fee. 

Publication

Award-winning manuscripts will be published by the University of Iowa Press under the Press's standard contract.

Submission

Manuscripts should be mailed to:
Iowa Short Fiction Award
Iowa Writers' Workshop
507 North Clinton Street
102 Dey House
Iowa City IA 52242-1000
No application forms are necessary. Entries for the competition should be postmarked between August 1 and September 30; packages must be postmarked by September 30. Announcement of the winners will be made early in the following year.
Learn more here.
What She Thinks: Best of Luck!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Fiction Friday: Reading Lessons by Edwidge Danticat

If you ever come across Edwidge Danticat's Krik Krak, BUY IT. I got mine for a hundred and fifty Naira at my favourite bend-down-select bookshop. The shorts stories in the collection were simply exquisite.  
I hope you enjoy today's story, even though it isn't from the aforementioned collection. Do get your own collection of Danticat's stories soon.
Read the story here.


What She Thinks: Still loving Krik Krak three years later.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Best of Luck Placing Your Work Elsewhere

I am back with an article that you should read  if you write, plan to write or know someone who does. I read it this morning and felt I must share. It is written by Michael Copperman, read it here.

What She Thinks: I've been away writing examsssssssssssssssss! Fiction Friday shall return tomorrow.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Fiction Friday: The Cadavers by Eghosa Imasuen

Someone should write a story titled 'Failure to Get Error String'. I promise to feature it on fiction Friday, maybe my modem will stop giving me that error message then? Still, I believe it must still be Friday somewhere in the world. So I present Fiction Friday!


Today we are reading Eghosa Imasuen's 'The Cadavers'. The author's second novel, Fine Boys will be out in September. While you wait with bated breath for that one ( I assure you, you will after reading this story), do grab a copy his first novel, To Saint Patrick's Square, if you haven't read it yet. 


I read 'The Cadavers' when it first appeared in Saraba's Story Issue and I haven't forgotten the first line since then- Ewaen heard himself snore. Where do you go with an attention grabbing line like that? Why don't you find out, right here.


What She Thinks: Do you snore? :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

World Pulse Voices of our Future: Apply to be an International Correspondent



World Pulse is thrilled to announce a call for applicants for the third annual Voices of Our Future program, an online training program in new media, citizen journalism and empowerment for emerging grassroots women leaders from around the globe. The month-long application process begins September 6th, so make sure to sign up today!
30 women will be selected to become Correspondents and participate in our five-month training program, which launches in November. Correspondents will be paired with an editor and a personal mentor, and given the tools and skills they need to actualize and vocalize their visions for change.
After being selected, Correspondents will receive:
  • New media and citizen journalism training via phone and internet by renowned experts, including The Global Press Institute and The Op-Ed Project. 
  • Opportunities to be published in World Pulse magazine
  • Mentoring sessions and support via phone and internet from a personal Vision Advocate
  • Technology stipend to offset communication costs
  • Opportunities to connect with grassroots women leaders from around the globe
 Apply Now! Go here.

What She Thinks: This is a great opportunity for women everywhere.


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Submit to Itch Magazine

Artists working in any medium and writers expressing themselves in any form or genre are invited to submit work for the ninth issue of ITCH Online. The "theme" is: 

Infinity Symbol 


Intertwined arms, self-embracing, reaching across, beyond and back again. A race track - for formula one Ferraris or electric toy cars? A number, defeated, exhausted, collapsed upon the floor? Everything is everything, what is meant to be will be? As seen from the heavens: two people kissing? Ying and yang, before they worked out the summarized symbol? Winding roads and hairpin bends? Universal time? The totality of space? A sophisticated chignon? Doubling back on the self, trying to rerun old scenes from a life already lived and passed? A looping riff from some gloomy old blues tune? All the numbers that could ever be counted? Things promised and then revoked? A pair of lips twisted into a snarl? A thousand clichéd tattoos? A dough-nut; a diet? A waist cinched into a corset? Forever and ever, amen?
What does ∞ mean to you?
You are free to interpret this theme in any way that you wish, to speak to or against it, to explore or ignore it.
Submissions will be open until 31 July 2011. 

ITCH Online Submission Guidelines

Don't send work that has been published or submitted elsewhere. We rely on contributor's good faith in this respect, but should we discover that a published piece has appeared elsewhere, we reserve the right to remove it.
Text submissions:
  • No longer than 3500 words. (We know the web is unlimited, but most web-readers attention spans are not!)
  • Please submit in a formatted word document.
  • Any form of poetry, prose, fiction or non-fictional, experimental, creative or journalistic, public or private writing is welcome.
  • An accompanying illustration may be submitted. Must be in JPG format, no larger than 900px wide and no larger than 3MB in size.
  • Audio files are welcome (recordings of your sound art, poetry, prose, song lyrics or opinions). Files should be submitted in MP3 format and should be no larger than 50MB.
  • Book reviews welcome. Please keep them to about 750 words and include full details of the book you are reviewing (author, publication date, publisher, etc.). Accompanying images are welcome but not necessary.
  • Please ensure that your work is finalised and ready for publishing before submitting.
  • Must include name, e-mail and telephone number of contributor, and a short biography (no more than 200 words).
  • Feel free to include a link to your webpage.
Submit all work via e-mail to mehita@itch.co.za
To learn more, go here.
Go here, here and here to read previous issues of the magazine.
What She Thinks: Best of luck people!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Nominate a Poet for Poetry Parnassus


Southbank Centre is offering people around the world the opportunity to nominate their favourite poet to go to the UK.  In summer 2012, Southbank Centre will launch Poetry Parnassus. This visionary festival will see poets from all participating Olympic nations come together for a week of readings, talks and performances. Poetry Parnassus  will mark the first time that so many poets from so many parts of the planet will converge in one place.

Learn more about how to nominate a poet here.
The closing deadline for nominations is 22 July 2011. 
What She Thinks: Go there, nominate someone whose poetry you love.

Fiction Friday: The Watcher by NoViolet Bulawayo

You must know by now that NoViolet Bulawayo took home this year's Caine Prize. The first time I read one of her stories was last year. That is the story we will be reading today. As you will see, I was the first to comment on the story (as Olakitike, forgive the typo in my comment).
 I give you The Watcher by NoViolet Bulawayo. Read it here.
What She Thinks: Enjoy

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Fiction Friday:Waiting by Chika Unigwe

Today, we return to Per Contra, where we read our first story. I have been following the Casey Anthony case  with a mixture of alarm and disbelief. Even after the verdict, I am still wondering about what exactly happened to little Caylee. Sometimes I wonder if Casey didn't report her daughter missing because she was in denial. Well, I guess we will never really know. That theory takes me to today's story which is about a woman struggling with an unbearable loss, it is a sort of excerpt from The Phoenix, Unigwe's first novel.  Chika Unigwe is also the author of On Black Sister's Street. You can learn more about her here.
Read the story here.
What She Thinks: I'm sorry for not posting this yesterday, my modem went mad again. Enjoy the story

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Lola Shoneyin, Akachi Adimora Ezeigbo and Odili Ujubuonu to read in Ife.
















On Monday, July 11, 2011, Lola Shoneyin, Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo and Odili Ujubuonu will read at Pit Theatre in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. The event will take off at 3.00 p.m.  There will also be music and poetry performances. It will be an exciting afternoon. (Promise!)


Lola Shoneyin's first novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives  was long-listed for the Orange Prize for fiction this year. Shoneyin attended the Iowa International Writers Programme, Iowa, USA, in August 1999 and was also in that year a Distinguished Scholar at the University of St Thomas, Minnesota. She has written three volumes of poems: So All the Time I was Sitting on an Egg (1998); Song of a Riverbird (2002) and For the Love of Flight (2010).She lives in Abuja, Nigeria, where she teaches English and drama at an international school.  

Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo is a professor of English at the University of Lagos. She is the author of several novels, poetry collections and children literature. A joint winner of the Nigeria Prize for Literature (2007); Adimora-Ezeigbo has, over the years, won numerous literary awards and has undertaken reading tours locally and internationally. 

Odili Ujubuonu’s  debut novel, Pregnancy of the Gods was an instant success. Since then, he has published follow-ups, Treasure in the Winds and Pride of the Spider Clan. The three books are woven around a magical instrument – sacred flute – lost and sought in communities around the lower Niger Delta. Pregnancy of the Gods won the 2006 ANA/Jacaranda Prize for Prose while Treasure in the Winds won the 2008 ANA/Chevron Prize on Environmental issues and was nominated for the Nigeria Prize for Literature, 2008. Ujubuonu has practised Advertising since 1991. 

What She Thinks: Come one, come all!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ebedi Writers' Residency

Applications are hereby invited for the next edition of the above named program scheduled to commence in August 2011. The residency which is in its fourth session is situated in Iseyin, Oyo State, Nigeria.
Interested creative writers must send in their CV, the names and contacts of two referees who must be published authors as well as a 2 page synopsis of a work in progress to be completed during the program before July 10 2011.
The residency is a 6-8 week full board program in a serene and private environment. The stipend to successful candidates will also include cost of return local transport to Iseyin.
All previous applicants who have not been invited to the residency should please endeavour to apply.
Successful candidates will be expected to spend about four hours every week with secondary school students in Iseyin in any area of their interest.
Manuscripts completed at the end of the program will be considered for publishing possibilities by a well established Nigerian publisher.
I am not quite sure about the exact address you should send completed applications to. I do know that you can contact Wale Okediran for enquiries-waleokediran@yahoo.co.uk.


You can learn more about the residency here.




What She Thinks: Best of Luck

Friday, July 1, 2011

Fiction Friday: Portrait of My Mother, Who Posed Nude in Wartime by Marjorie Sandor

You have to read this story as quickly as you can. It will be available online (The Georgia Review Website)  for a limited period of time. If you click on the link and it is dead, sorry, you are late. The narrator of this story has not even been born when the events take place, this makes for a pretty interesting narrative. This story is the title piece for Sandor's collection of interconnected stories which won the 2004 National Jewish Book Award in Fiction.

Read the story here.

What She Thinks: I hope you get to read this before it is off the GR website.

The Naijastories Anthology

Happy new month people! Now let us kick off the second half of the year with some good news.  Naija Stories is a social networking site (and more) for Nigerian writers. The site has been up for about a year now. In commemoration of the site's one year anniversary, they are publishing an anthology of short fiction.This anthology is meant to be an annual publication and  the first edition will accept short stories by Naijastories members who have been with the site for more than three months.
Naijastories will  be offering no advance to authors but will pay a royalty of 20% of the book’s list price pro-rated on the number of words in their individual selected stories, as well as discounted pricing on any copies purchased.
Submissions open July 1 – July 31 2011.
Send entries to anthology@naijastories.com
Word count- 500-5000 words

Learn more here.


What She Thinks: An annual anthology of Nigerian short fiction is long over due, but better late than never, abi?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Be published! Win $100! Submit your story on "Standing Up"!

Have you ever stood up for yourself? For someone else? For a cause you believe in? Have you ever gotten back on your feet after being knocked down? Do you have a story about assuming leadership? About keeping integrity in a difficult situation?Pulsewire invites you to submit your own, personal story on "Standing Up" for a chance to be published in World Pulse Magazine and receive a $100 honorarium!Selected entries will be featured in My Story, the section of World Pulse Magazine where women around the world share their personal stories describing pivotal experiences in their lives, in their own words.


  • Topic: Standing Up. Pulsewire encourages creative interpretations of this general theme, but the piece must be non-fiction.




  • Length: 400 words, maximum.




  • Dates: Submit your story between now and July 21, 2011. All stories must be submitted by 11:59pm, PST on July 21, 2011.




  • Learn more about this opportunity here.

    What She Thinks: Best of luck.

    Friday, June 24, 2011

    Fiction Friday: The Miracle Worker by Sefi Atta

    The first time I read Sefi Atta's Everything Good will Come, I could smell the dodo that Enitan's mother was frying, seriously. I read the novel again about a month ago and was once more blown away by the novel's vivid descriptions of Lagos.  Atta has since written Swallow and News from Home. Today's story is her humorous take on miracles. Of course, it is about other things too, but those are for you to find out. Enjoy!

    Read the story here.

    What She Thinks: Go there already!

    Thursday, June 23, 2011

    Fidelity Bank Presents Dreams at Dawn

    Fidelity Bank invites you to the public presentation of Dreams at Dawn - Stories from its International Creative Writing Workshop series. Edited by Helon Habila, Tsitsi Dangarebga and Madeleine Thien.
    Date: Friday June 24, 2011.
    Time: 4.30pm
    Venue: Lagos Resource Center, Anifowose Street, VI, Lagos.
    What She Thinks: Don't just attend,buy a copy of the collection.

    Wednesday, June 22, 2011

    Book ‘n’ Gauge

    PulpFactionClub, in collaboration with Wordsmithy Media and Debonair Bookstore, presents:

    Book ‘n’ Gauge 
    Readings:
    Jude Dibia, author of Walking With Shadows, Unbridled (winner of the 2007 NDDC/ANA sponsored Ken Saro-Wiwa Prize for Prose and finalist in the 2007 NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature) and recently Published, Blackbird.

    Odili Ujubuonu, author of Pregnancy of the Gods (Winner, 2006 ANA/Jacaranda Prize for Prose), Treasure in the Winds (winner, 2008 ANA/Chevron Prize on Environmental Issues) and the recently Published, Pride of the Spider Clan.

    Featuring:
    Engaging discussions with Jude and Odili;
    Question and Answer sessions
    Networking;
    Freebies and giveaways; 
    Live musical performances by: Femi Kayode, Gaise, D-TONE
    Book signing;
    Poetry Jam

    Saturday, 25th June 2011 @ Debonair Bookstore, 294, Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba. 3pm - 6pm.

    Compere: Denrinsola Ajao ( Journalist and Publicist)

    Admission is FREE!

    Don’t come alone.
    What She Thinks:  If you are in Lagos this weekend, you should attend this event.




    Friday, June 17, 2011

    Fiction Friday:Old Boys, Old Girls by Edward P. Jones

    In 2004, Edward P. Jones won the Pulitzer for his first novel, The Know World.  I found the book at once disturbing and thought-provoking. It is a book you can't be indifferent about, which I think is good. 
    I read today's story in the O. Henry Prize Stories 2006 collection and decided that I must share it here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
    Read today's story here.

    Manchester Fiction Prize

    The Manchester Fiction Prize is open internationally and will award a cash prize of £10,000 to the writer of the best short story submitted. The competition is open internationally to entrants aged 16 or over; there is no upper age limit.  All entrants are asked to submit a complete short story of up to 3,000 words in length. The story can be on any subject, and written in any style, but must be fiction and new work, not previously published, or submitted for consideration elsewhere during this competition. The prizes will be awarded at a gala ceremony hosted as part of the 2011 Manchester Literature Festival.
    Deadline Friday 12th August 2011
    Entry Fee: £15 (Thinking about how to pay? A number of Nigerian banks now use the Visa platform to run their ATM services. I had to obtain a token from my bank to be able to make online payments with my card. Check with your bank for details, it might be easier than you think.)
    Go here for more details about this competition.
    You can read  stories that made the 2009 shortlist here.

    What She Thinks: Best of Luck

    Friday, June 10, 2011

    Fiction Friday: The Sentry by Téa Obreht

    Hi there! School work and malfunctioning modems conspired to keep me away from this blog throughout the last week.While I was away, Téa Obreht won the Orange Prize for The Tiger's Wife. Read the announcement here.
    Today's story is her short story 'The Sentry.'
    Read it here.
    What She Thinks:Enjoy!

    Wednesday, June 1, 2011

    Ten Best Short Stories 2011

    Do you think you have written a story that could be one of the best written by any one this year? Then read this call for submissions.

    It is our belief that the short story form has been unjustly neglected for many decades.
    Therefore, Creative Print Publishing is preparing to publish a collection of short stories written in English. There will be TEN stories in the collection.
    Creative Print Publishing Ltd is a British-based publishing house that promotes and markets books in more than 90 countries. We believe that the short story has been unjustly neglected and this collection of the ten best for the year is our way of trying to rectify that situation.
    Authors are invited to submit short stories for our book, to be published in Autumn 2011 under the Creative Print Publishing imprint. The ten best authors and their story will be chosen.

    The ten authors chosen for the anthology can help us to go some way to bring the short story back to public notice. All genres are acceptable. The important criterion is merit. Tell a good story and keep readers interested.
    This is not a competition with prizes. There is no entry fee. Only stories of genuine merit will be chosen for publication. You could be one of the ten best writers chosen.
    Copyright of stories remains with the chosen ten authors. The ten writers who are chosen for inclusion will receive a contract of agreement and free copies of the published book. The volume will be promoted and marketed with vigour in more than 90 countries. More about promotion and marketing of all our titles can be found on the website.
    RULES
    1  All stories must be original and written in English.

    2  They must not have been published before or broadcast in any medium or presently be under consideration.

    3  Maximum length is 3000 words per story. (Stories that exceed this length will not be considered for inclusion in the published book.)

    4  Each author must send no more than three stories for our consideration.

    5  All stories must be in a single file in Word or similar and sent to us using the form below.

    6  All stories must have a title, the name of the author, and an email address.

    7  All submissions will be acknowledged.

    8  Copyright will in all cases be retained by the author.

    9  Where a story is chosen for inclusion, the author will be provided with a contract of agreement.
     DeadlineThursday 30th June 2011
    Submit here.

    What She Thinks: Best of Luck!

    Saturday, May 28, 2011

    Volunteer to protect the corpers

    The elections are over now. The rage many of us felt when youth corp members were killed during the elections is cooling down. If we are not careful, gradually we may begin to forget the killings. We can't afford to forget, we must do what we can to make sure this doesn't happen again.
    What can you do? You can help to protect the corpers by getting a thousand people to sign a petition which demands that NYSC be restructured.
    Learn more about this great initiative that the future Nigeria is taking here.


    What She Thinks: I take God beg you, contribute to this effort.

    Friday, May 27, 2011

    Fiction Friday: How Not To Be Unfaithful by Sarah Evans

    Today, I am linking you to the story of a woman who is torn between her commitments and her desires. It is a story that drew me in, right from the first sentence. It was a runner up for the Glass Woman Prize in 2009. I hope you enjoy it.


    Read it here.


    What She Thinks: I love this story.

    The Short Story Competition.(Free to Enter)

    The Short Story competition is designed to showcase the best short stories from around the world.
    Rules
    ·         Word limit: 1,000-5,000 (maximum).
    ·         Email your story as a Word document or pdf.
    ·         Font size: 12 point, Times New Roman or Arial, preferably.No fancy fonts.
    ·         No poetry, novel chapters, sci-fi, fantasy or stories for children.
    ·         Put your name, email address and telephone number at the footer of each page.
    ·         Page numbers are important. Make sure each page is numbered consecutively.
    ·         Submissions by email only.
    ·         One story at a time. No simultaneous submissions.
    ·         All submissions must be original and unpublished.
    ·         Please submit your story here:submit.theshortstory@gmail.com

    Prizes

    First prize: £300

    Second prize: £150

    Third prize: £50


    Deadline for submissions is 15th September 2011.
    Learn more here
    What She Thinks: Best of Luck

    Monday, May 23, 2011

    The Tenth Glass Woman Prize(Free to enter)

    The Tenth Glass Woman Prize will be awarded for a work of short fiction or creative non-fiction (prose) written by a woman.  Length: between 50 and 5,000 words.  The top prize for the tenth Glass Woman Prize award is US $500 and possible (but not obligatory) online publication; there will also be one runner up prize of $100 and one runner up prize of $50, together with possible (but not obligatory) online publication. 


    Subject is open, but must be of significance to women.  The criterion is passion, excellence, and authenticity in the writing voice.  Previously published work and simultaneous submissions are OK.  Authors retain all copyright is retained by the author. 

    There is no reading fee.  

    Submission deadline:   September 21, 2011 (receipt date; anything received after that date will be considered for a future prize).  Notification date:  on or before December 21, 2011.  
    Only one submission per person per submission period, by email, with "Glass Woman Prize Submission" in the subject line and the text pasted in the body of the email (no attachments!*) to:
    IMPORTANT:  

    -    "Glass Woman Prize Submission" in subject line
    -    Text in body of email
    -    Please put your email address in the body of the email as well

    Learn more here.

    What She Thinks: Best of luck!

    Saturday, May 21, 2011

    Aminatta Forna Wins 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize



    The winners of this year's Commonwealth Writers' Prize have been announced and Aminatta Forna has won the Best Book Prize for The Memory of Love.


    The judges praised The Memory of Love for its risk taking, elegance and breadth. A poignant story about friendship, betrayal, obsession and second chances – the novel is an immensely powerful portrayal of human resilience. The judges concluded that The Memory of Love delicately delves into the courageous lives of those haunted by the indelible effects of Sierra Leone’s past and yet amid that loss gives us a sense of hope and optimism for their future. Forna has produced a bold, deeply moving and accomplished novel which confirms her place among the most talented writers in literature today.


    Craig Cliff won the best first book prize for A Man Melting.


    The Memory of Love is also currently on the orange prize shortlist.


    Read the announcement here.


    Buy the novel here.


    What She Thinks: Big ups and congrats to Aminatta Forna.