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Bernardine Evaristo cuts her teeth on a fun verse novel

The Emperor’s Babe is an irreverent and salacious romp that merges together tradition and contemporaneity in a startlingly unique way. Published almost 20 years before Girl, Woman, Other, The Emperor’s Babe offers a distinctively different Evaristo. When not slyly winking at the reader who is equal parts befuddled and delighted, this Evaristo reveals the years of genre and narrative waywardness it took to mould her distinctive brand of literary experimentation for popular success.

7 Historical Fiction Novels by Black Authors Out in 2021

Here are 7 lesser-known historical fiction novels that could do with a bit more buzz. Stories situated in Black history occupy a difficult position in the media landscape. On the one hand, the prevalence of slavery and other such trauma narratives evidences the market’s appetite for Black pain. On the other, history is always told from the perspective of the hunter: “we need the lion to tell it as well,” says Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa in her interview with us. 

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.