African Literature has continued to make strides in 2016, with more publishing platforms and emerging writers than ever. See more articles on this here. It would only be right then, as we near the end of the year, that we give you some of the top releases in 2016. So without further ado, here’s the list in no particular order. Happy reading!

  1. The Happy Marriage Hardcover – January 12, 2016 by Tahar Ben Jelloun
    In The Happy Marriage, the internationally acclaimed Moroccan author Tahar Ben Jelloun tells the story of one couple just as legal reforms are about to change women’s rights forever (Purchase)
  1. Gabriel Okara: Collected Poems (African Poetry Book) by Gabriel Okara
    Arranged in six sections, Gabriel Okara: Collected Poems,includes the poet’s earliest lyric verse along with poems written in response to Nigeria’s war years. (Purchase)
  1. 100 Days by Juliane Okot Bitek
    In 100 days, Juliane Okot Bitek recorded the lingering nightmare of the Rwandan genocide in a poem, each poem recalling the senseless loss of life and of innocence. (Purchase)
  1. And After Many Days: A Novel by Jowhor Ile
    Jowhor Ile’s novel set during the rainy season of 1995, in the bustling town of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. It depicts one family’s life is disrupted by the sudden disappearance of seventeen-year-old Paul Utu, beloved brother and son, which changes their lives forever. (Purchase)
  1. The Fishermen (Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize) by Chigozie Obioma

    The Fishermen is a breathtakingly beautiful novel firmly rooted in the best of African storytelling. With this powerful debut, Chigozie Obioma, emerges as one of the most original new voices of modern African literature (Purchase)
  1. Kaveena (Global African Voices) by Boubacar Boris Diop
    Boubacar Boris Diop dark and suspenseful novel tells the story of a fictitious West African country caught in the grip of civil war led by a vicious dictator. Through a clever structure, readers discover a plot to exploit the natural resources of this country. (Purchase)
  1. The Face: Cartography of the Void by Chris Abani
    In The Face: Cartography of the Void, acclaimed poet, novelist, and screenwriter Chris Abani has given us a brief memoir that is in the best tradition of the genre, also an exploration of the very nature of identity. (Purchase)
  1. Blackass by A Igoni Barrett
    Igoni Barrett’s Blackassis a fierce comic satire that touches on everything from race to social media while at the same time questioning the values society places on us, simply by virtue of the way we look. (Purchase)
  1. Whitefly: A Novel by Abdelilah Hamdouchi
    A fast-paced crime thriller from the Arab West, this brilliantly written novel by Abdelilah Hamdouchi delivers twists and turns that you won’t see coming. (Purchase)
  1. Born on a Tuesday by Elnathan John
    From one of Nigeria’s finest contemporary literary talents comes Elnathan John’s highly awaited debut novel. Told through the irresistible voice of a young boy, Dantala, is a masterful and haunting coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of extremist politics and religion in Northern Nigeria. (Purchase)
  1. Rachel’s Blue by Zakes Mda
    Novelist Zakes Mda has made a name for himself as a key chronicler of the new, post-apartheid South Africa, casting a satirical eye on its claims of political unity, its rising black middle class, and other aspects of its complicated, multiracial society. (Purchase)
  1. What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours byHelen Oyeyemi
    The stories collected in What Is Not Yours Is Not Yoursare linked by more than the exquisitely winding prose of their creator: Helen Oyeyemi’s ensemble cast of characters’ slip from the pages of their own stories only to surface in another. (Purchase)
  1. Ladivine by Marie NDiaye
    Ladivine, a tale of three generations of women who share a trauma that they are unable to overcome. Can an etched-in-French saga survive the cultural and linguistic translation to the English-speaking world?  (Purchase)
  1. Baho! by Roland Rugero
    Young Burundian novelist Roland Rugero’s second novel “Baho!” the first Burundian novel to ever be translated into English, explores the concepts of miscommunication and justice against the backdrop of war-torn Burundi’s beautiful green hillsides. (Purchase)
  1. Tales of the Metric System (Modern African Writing) by Imraan Coovadia Imraan Coovadia, Tales of the Metric System, shows how ten days spread across four decades send tidal waves through the lives of ordinary and extraordinary South Africans alike. (Purchase)
  1. New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set by Kwame DawesThis elegant, limited-edition box set features nine chapbooks and is an annual project of the African Poetry Book Fund. It’s also in collaboration with Akashic Books, which seeks to identify the best poetry written by African authors working today. (Purchase
  1. Water: New Short Story Fiction from Africa: An Anthology from Short Story Day Africa by Rachel Zadok, Nick Mulgrew and Dayo Ntwari
    Short Story Day Africa presents its annual anthology. The stories explore true and alternative African culture through a competition on the theme of Water. This is the third in the SSDA collection of anthologies, which aim to break the one-dimensional view of African storytelling and fiction writing. (Purchase)
  1. The Curious Case of Dassoukine’s Trousers by Fouad Laroui
    This long-awaited English-language debut from Morocco’s most prominent contemporary writer, Laroui uses surrealism, laugh-out-loud humour, and profound compassion across a variety of literary styles to highlight the absurdity of the human condition. (Purchase)
  1. The Reactive by Masande Ntshanga Masande Ntshanga’s, The Reactive, is a searing, gorgeously written account of life, love and illness. Ntshanga illustrates how some young people navigated the dusk that followed the dawn of freedom in South Africa and humanizes the casualties of the Mbeki government’s fatal policies on HIV & AIDS. (Purchase)
  1. The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz
    Written with dark, subtle humour, Abel Aziz’, The Queue,describes the sinister nature of authoritarianism. He illuminates the way that absolute authority manipulates information, mobilizes others in service to it, and fails to uphold the rights of even those faithful to it. (Purchase)
  1. The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah  Moving between the vibrant townships of the poor and the suburbs and country retreats of the rich, Petina Gappah’s,The Book of Memory is a compelling, contemporary tale of love, obsession and the cruelty of fate. (Purchase)
  1. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
    Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel – the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself. (Purchase)
  1. The Kindness of Enemies by Leila Aboulela
    Told with Leila Aboulela’s inimitable, The Kindness of Enemiesis both an engrossing story of a provocative period in history and an important examination of what it is to be a Muslim in a post 9/11 world. (Purchase)
  1. Behold the Dreamers by Mbue Imbolo
    With profound empathy, keen insight, and sly wit, Imbolo Mbue has written a compulsively readable story about marriage, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream. (Purchase)
  1. The Final Bet: A Novel by Abdelilah Hamdouchi
    Abdelilah Hamdouchi’s, The Final Bet, is the first Arabic detective novel to be translated into English. With it, Hamdouchi joins the ranks of Yasmina Khadra and Henning Mankell, finally bringing the modern Arabic novel to the global stage of detective fiction. (Purchase)
  1. Like A Mule Bringing Ice-Cream To The Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika
    Manyinka’s novel, Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun, is a mesmerizing meditation on ageing, friendship and loss. It is a humorous, subtle and engaging novel, featuring a fantastically feisty and memorable protagonist, Dr. Morayo Da Silva.  (Purchase)
  1. The Lazarus Effect by H. J. Golakai
    The Lazarus Effect, by H.J. Golaki, is a gripping new addition to the African crime genre from a talented debut author. It also combines the best elements of genre writing with a subtle exploration of the fate of missing children in Cape Town. (Purchase)
  1. Easy Motion Tourist by Leye Adenle This page turning debut crime novel by Leye Adenle pulses with the rhythm of Nigeria’s mega-city, Lagos, to entertain from beginning to end. (Purchase)
  1. The Woman Next Door by Yewande Omotoso
    Yewande Omotoso’s latest novel, The Woman Next Door, is about two neighbours, both difficult women, both avowed enemies – exploring themes of loneliness and racism through the complexity and authenticity of the main characters. (Purchase)
  1. Efuru
    Flora Nwapa was the first Nigerian female novelist to be published in London in 1966. Efuru is a portrayal of life in the Igbo culture, especially women’s life. Set in the village of Oguta, the novel tells the story of an independent-minded woman named Efuru, who becomes a role model and a catalyst for change in her own society. (Purchase)
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