Jan 20, 2022

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Ten books by black authors expected in stores this year

The year 2022 promises to be an exciting year for black and African authors.

British author Bernadine Evaristo broke through the glass ceiling with her novel in 2019 as the first black woman to win the Booker Prize em> girl, woman, other . Now comes her memoir entitled Manifesto: On Never Giving Up , an open and often humorous account of growing up as a biracial daughter in a family of eight siblings, sexual discoveries in her twenties, and unwavering visions and perseverance in trying to succeed in the tough world of book publishing.

Akwaeke Emezi of Nigerian and Indian descent did her second novel You Made A Fool of Death With Your Beauty em > is about a young studio artist who is looking for love after a serious loss. Passion, sadness, honor and healing are part of this living novel. Emezi’s debut book and partly biographical report from 2018, Freshwater, has been nominated for several awards, including the Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Another love story that comes out is Yinka, Where Is Your Huzband ? by the British-Nigerian writer Lizzie Damilola Blackburn. Cultural clashes, comedic moments and disturbing aunts mark the heroic deeds of a young black man in Great Britain looking for a husband.

Autobiography of Viola Davis

Narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis Her fascinating story in the autobiography Finding Me. Coming from a poor background and a difficult childhood, this is an account of Davis’ brave journey as an actor.

NoViolet Bulawayo from Zimbabwe first entered the world of books with her 2013 novel We Need New Names, an upcoming adult story that was a finalist for the Booker Prize. Her upcoming second book, Glory, is a novel based on the death of longtime President Robert Mugabe in 2017.

The flamboyant women of Egypt in the 1920s and 1930s are remembered in Midnight in Cairo: The Divas of Egypt’s Roaring Twenties by Raphael Cormack. The New York-based author is known for his assessment of the Arab world.

This time he is reliving the fascinating legends of talented singers, entertainers and entrepreneurs in the post-colonial period between the two great wars.

We Are All Birds of Uganda by Hafsa Zayyan is a debut novel focusing on figures from the Asian community in Uganda in the 1960s and in present-day Britain. Born in the UK of mixed Pakistani and Nigerian roots, Zayyan takes on the tumultuous era of President Idi Amin’s driving Asians out of Uganda, addressing issues of identity, belonging, multiculturalism, love and loss.

Wilbur Smith was one of the best-selling novelists from Africa until his death in November 2021. Starting in 1964 with the book When the Lion Feeds, the Zambian-South African-British writer delighted the world with 49 gripping historical novels full of adventure, drama and romance.

Now comes his 50th novel, published posthumously in April 2022 at Zaffre Books, UK. Storm Tide is described as a novel of “flipping action”.

The Furrows: An Elegy by Zambian-born Namwali Serpell is a story by Loss, grief, imprisonment and emotional survival, as the sister of a deceased boy relates.

The Nigerian American author Chinelo Okparanta will be her third novel in 2022 with the title Harry Sylvester Bird Tackling prejudice and tensions in America today.

Chinelo’s 2015 debut novel Under the Udala Trees, set during the civil war after Nigeria’s independence, has won multiple awards.