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Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Jaja’s defiance seemed to me now like Aunty Ifeoma’s experimental purple hibiscus: rare, fragrant with the undertones of freedom, a different kind of freedom from the one the crowds waving green leaves chanted at Government Square after the coup. A … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of Ben Okri

There is little that I can say now about Ben Okri’s article that Sofia Samatar hasn’t already said. It’s a bit surprising that someone of Okri’s experience and stature would blame “black and African Writers” for the failure of readers, … Continue reading

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The Sunday Salon: Judging Book Covers

This week I had the chance to check out Chattel House Books, Barbados’ newest bookstore. It only opened last week Thursday in Sky Mall and the shelves were still a little sparse but an employee at the bookstore explained to … Continue reading

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The Sunday Salon: Meeting the Writers

It’s always cool when you get a chance to meet the author of the book you’re reading, or at least thinking of reading.   Last week I went to hear the winner of the inaugural Caribbean Burt Award, A-dZiko Simba … Continue reading

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The Sunday Salon: Book or E-book?

Some time last month I went to the post office to pick up a package that I’d been waiting for for a few weeks; It was my copy of Chris Ware’s Building Stories. While I was at the pick-up window … Continue reading

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Hardears Issue #1 by Nigel Lynch and Matthew Clarke

  The first issue of Hardears (2014) is a combination of invocation and reinvention. Having already read the first volume of Heart Man I was already prepared for Clarke’s ability to construct a fresh visual narrative with existing folklore. However, … Continue reading

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Reading Australia: Bush Studies by Barbara Baynton continued

For the past week I’ve been unsuccessfully trying to collect my thoughts on Baynton’s ‘Scrammy ‘And’ and ‘Billie Skywonkie’—sometimes real life has an irritating habit of getting in the way. However, there are two words that keep popping up when … Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Want to Read But Don’t Own… Yet

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Even though my physical and digital book shelves are stacked with tons of books that I haven’t read yet, I can’t help always looking for new … Continue reading

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Reading Australia: Bush Stories by Barbara Baynton

Recently, I asked a couple members of the book blogging community for recommendations of Australian writers, and what I got will probably keep me busy for a while. This post is on Barbara Baynton’s famous short story collection Bush Studies … Continue reading

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