SoothSaying

Look at her, face set in serious lines as she types words that you can barely make out on her computer. You’re close enough to read, but as always, your mind is someplace else. She turns to you and points at a word on one of the stapled sheets on …

Abandonment

  By Buhle Khanyile For three years after my father died I occasionally experienced what, in retrospect, were fleeting psychotic episodes. Without ceremony, a touch of light headedness would swirl in my forehead and spread, like fog, towards the back door of my brain. A feeling of urgency to call my …

ANNOUNCING READERS’ AWARDS NIGERIA

  ANNOUNCING READERS’ AWARDS NIGERIA Lagos—26 January 2017 The Speech House International, initiators of Grill-And-Read programme, are happy to announce a call for nominations for the inaugural G&R Annual Readers’ Awards (GaRARA). The awards seek to recognise the contributions of the reading community to the socioeconomic development of the nation. …

The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

  “It’s strange and ultimately insulting how, when someone you love dies, just expires without warning, time does not stop.” Melody “Mel” Vaught and Sharon Kay Kisses couldn’t be any more different. Mel is the chain-smoking, binge-drinking, insanely talented life of the party, while Sharon is reserved, insecure, and often …

Known and Strange Things by Teju Cole

Teju Cole is master of his crafts. His extensive knowledge, deep understanding, and detailed explanation of them are startling. In this collection of essays, Cole discusses topics ranging from literature to photography to art, music, travel, the Black Lives Matter movement, world politics, social media, Boko Haram, mob lynchings, and …