Can you believe how fast 2019 is going? And with so many beautiful books already. The last 3 months have been a lot of fun for me. And it blows my mind when i think about all the literary goodness still coming our way this year.
In April, Narrative Landscape brings the mind bending work of fiction that is Black Leopard Red Wolf to Nigeria. This review is coming up as soon as I reboot my mind to “factory setting”.Discover upcoming releases by African authors in April 2019 Click To Tweet
One book I’m looking forward to getting my hands on is Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. So far, all I’ve seen are positive reviews and an interesting interview of the author (This is the point I truly fell in love with her).
Without further ado, meet the new books coming on the block in April.
Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James
Release Date: April 1st, 2019
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Release Date: April 11th, 2019
Queenie Jenkins can’t cut a break. Well, apart from one from her long term boyfriend, Tom. That’s definitely just a break though. Definitely not a break up.
Stuck between a boss who doesn’t seem to see her, a family who don’t seem to listen (if it’s not Jesus or water rates, they’re not interested), and trying to fit in two worlds that don’t really understand her, it’s no wonder she’s struggling.
She was named to be queen of everything. So why is she finding it so hard to rule her own life?
Shut Up You’re Pretty by Tea Mutonji
Release Date: April 15th, 2019
In Tea Mutonji’s disarming debut story collection, a woman contemplates her Congolese traditions during a family wedding, a teenage girl looks for happiness inside a pack of cigarettes, a mother reconnects with her daughter through their shared interest in fish, and a young woman decides to shave her head in the waiting room of an abortion clinic.
These punchy, sharply observed stories blur the lines between longing and choosing, exploring the narrator’s experience as an involuntary one. Tinged with pathos and humour, they interrogate the moments in which femininity, womanness, and identity are not only questioned but also imposed.
Shut Up You’re Pretty is the first book to be published under the imprint VS. Books, a series of books curated and edited by writer-musician Vivek Shraya featuring work by new and emerging Indigenous or Black writers, or writers of colour.
Are you looking forward to any new book releases in April 2019?