In the spirit of “New year, Resurrection”, I am reviving an old feature of the blog. Despite that I used to enjoy putting these posts together, I still managed to abandon it in 2018.
Say hello to the brand new babies coming into the “African” literary scene this month. For those of you new to this blog, every month I’ll put together a list of new releases written by authors of African descent. This month, we’re looking at books that are beautiful both inside and out.
My favorite release this month is Marlon James’ Black Leopard Red Wolf. Mostly because I have hyped myself into a frenzy for it. Truth is I haven’t read anything by Marlon James so far therefore, it wasn’t a stan thing. I just fell in love with the gorgeous cover at first sight and I had to have it. Yes, I have no shame.
Thankfully, the reviews coming in so far have only served to feed my obsession and I can’t wait to get into it this month.
Another book whose cover converted me is The Hundred Wells Of Salaga by Ayesha Haruna Attah. Cassava Republic published this book in Nigeria last year and I totally slept on it. It took seeing the new cover by Other Press to get me on the wagon.
Finally, The Hate You Give fans are getting a new book from Angie Thomas and I plan to use this book to decide if I like her since the hype on her first book was too massive for me to see clearly. Lol
Learn more about the Books Of February below:
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
Release Date: Feb 5, 2019. Nigerian release date TBD
The Hundred Wells Of Salaga by Ayesha Harruna Attah
Release Date: February 5, 2019
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Release Date: February 5, 2019 (US); February 9, 2019 (UK)
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least win her first battle. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill.
But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labelled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral…for all the wrong reasons.
Bri soon finds herself at the centre of a controversy, portrayed by the media as more menace than MC. But with an eviction notice staring her family down, Bri doesn’t just want to make it—she has to. Even if it means becoming the very thing the public has made her out to be.
Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; and about how, especially for young black people, freedom of speech isn’t always free.
Which of these new releases are you looking forward to reading?
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