Accra Noir: Crime in a city of stories, legends, and allegories

Accra Noir, an Akashic Books anthology reissued by Cassava Republic, comprises the work of some of Ghana’s most talented writers. Edited by Nana-Ama Danquah, Accra Noir's writers spin a complex and fantastical web of love, intrigue, drama, and crime. Much like Accra itself, these stories are not always what they seem.

Prolific romance author Alyssa Cole delivers a chilling thriller about gentrification

When No One is Watching is said to conversate with the likes of Get Out. A psychological thriller about gentrification, the comparison is at its strongest once readers understand they're being asphyxiated in the protagonist's psyche as forcefully as Black residents are being plucked out of Gifford Place. It is a familiar tale, if only so to its Black and brown readers, about what happens when both the spectators and the spectated are watching everything.

Addis Ababa Noir: A dark, gritty collection of short stories set in the shadow of the city

Boasting fourteen dark, gripping tales, Addis Ababa Noir, an Akashic Books anthology, comprises the work of some of Ethiopia’s most talented writers. These stories draw you to the side of a city that is filled with greed, power, death, and despair. Edited by Maaza Mengiste, this Akashic Books anthology which is being reissued by Cassava Republic Press this summer comprises the work of some of Ethiopia’s most talented writers.

The Booker-nominated Black Moses is a damning portrait of 80s Congo-Brazzaville

Longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize, Alain Mabanckou’s Black Moses zeroes in on corruption in late 1970s Congo-Brazzaville. In this cynical coming-of-age story, Mabanckou changes the narrative by troubling what is expected of the bildungsroman. Straddling an array of themes like orphan suffering, governmental corruption, and mental health in a seedy setting, this tale of endearing novice gangsters and charming sex workers offers a refreshing take on the well-worn tropes of urban fiction.

Abi Daré’s debut charts a new path for Nigerian literature

Abi Daré’s was one of the many middle-class Lagosian families who hired house girls for various domestic chores, and she noticed growing up how poorly treated these girls were. The Girl with the Louding Voice gives voice to the silenced and is a timeless story about a strong girl chasing her dreams. While Abi Daré takes on a voice that is not hers, she does so in order to unveil one that has hereto been shunned in the canon of African literature.