A. Igoni Barrett
After putting out one of our favorite short story collections of 2013, this Nigerian-born author has us anxiously awaiting his next book.
Currently living in the States as the Helen Zell Writer at the University of Michigan, this Nigerian writer caught our attention with his story at VQR. Now, we’re sitting by the mailbox, anticipating our advance copy of his novel, The Fisherman, out in 2015 via Little, Brown.
This Zimbabwean author’s semi-autobiographical 1988 debut, Nervous Conditions, which explores her post-colonial home in the 1960s, is considered one of the best and most important African novels of the last 30 years. More recently, Dangarembga has turned her attention more towards filmmaking.
We loved the South African-born Vladislavic’s latest, The Restless Supermarket, featuring a protagonist who called to mind “a post-apartheid Archie Bunker.”
Considered by Time to be one of the 100 Most Important People in the World, and referred to as “the best-known Kenyan writer of his generation” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Wainana’s writing might only be surpassed by his fearlessness.
Although she lives and teaches in Scotland now, Wicomb’s native South Africa, and the things she experienced there growing up during the apartheid era, are explored in her fiction, which has most recently been championed by the people at The New Press.
Although Laye is no longer with us, it seemed unthinkable not to mention him. He’s routinely compared to Kafka and loved by Toni Morrison — and NYRB Classics did the English-speaking world a favor by putting his 1956 work of Francophone African literature, The Radiance of the King, back onto bookshelves.
Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani
We’re currently waiting for the follow-up to this Nigerian author’s wonderful 2009 debut, I Do Not Come to You by Chance. But in the meantime, she’s been keeping busy with fascinating pieces like this one, on how Nigeria will bid farewell to Chinua Achebe.