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Epicurious names Longthroat Memoirs a must-have cookbook for this season

Longthroat Memoir“One of the most enduring myths on the Nigerian Femme Fatale – mammy-water, ‘winch’ or husband-snatcher – has to do with the cooking of fish stew … A woman can do what she likes with a man when she knows how to satisfy his appetite for food.”

Longthroat Memoirs presents a sumptuous menu of essays about Nigerian food, lovingly presented by the nation’s top epicurean writer. As well as a mouth-watering appraisal of the cultural politics and erotics of Nigerian cuisine, it is also a series of love letters to the Nigerian palate. From innovations in soup, fish as aphrodisiac and the powerful seductions of the yam, Longthroat Memoirs examines the complexities, the peculiarities, the meticulousness, and the tactility of Nigerian food.

Nigeria has a strong culture of oral storytelling, of myth creation, of imaginative traversing of worlds. Longthroat Memoirs collates some of those stories into an irresistible soup-pot, expressed in the flawless love language of appetite and nourishment.

A sensuous testament on why, when and how Nigerians eat the food they love to eat; this book is a welcome addition to the global dining table of ideas.

And this hasn’t gone unnoticed by, the Condé Nast-owned website dedicated to cooking. Longthroat Memoirs has been named one of it’s 32 must-have cookbooks for autumn!

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“I feel that as a writer, our duty is to capture the human experience” – read an interview with Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

I think a lot of novels that we have coming out that most people consider particularly African novels are expected to play on politics, on corruption, on all these things. I don’t want those to be at the forefront. They are there, obviously, and they are very dominant, like on the landscape and the scenery. But despite all this, people carry on with their lives. They are little romances in hidden corners, they have their issues with their children, and all that. This corruption, this politics, this violence, in a way it kind of shapes certain things in the way we behave and the way we act, it is not necessary that every time you have to struggle with corrupt politicians and corrupt people, but the decisions they make somewhere, so far away from you, somehow have a resonance in the way you make your decisions and the choices you make in life.

Jennifer Malec, editor of the Johannesburg Review of Books, interviewed Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, winner of the 2016 Nigeria Prize for Literature, during Ibrahim’s recent visit to Johannesburg.

Ibrahim received the Nigeria Prize for Literature for his novel Season of Crimson Blossoms.

Read their interview here and listen to Ibrahim read an excerpt from Season of Crimson Blossoms here.

Season of Crimson Blossoms

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Book launch – Longthroat Memoir: Soups, Sex and Nigerian Taste Buds by Yemisi Aribisala

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Pan Macmillan to represent Cassava Republic Press in South Africa

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Pan Macmillan is delighted to announce that as of July 2016 the company will represent Cassava Republic Press in South Africa.

Cassava Republic Press is a leading African publishing house and their list comprises an eclectic selection of quality literary fiction, non-fiction, crime, young adult fiction, children’s books and romantic fiction under the Ankara Press imprint. The publisher aims to spotlight the vibrancy and diversity of prose by African writers on the continent and in the Diaspora.

Their 2016 fiction list includes Elnathan John’s breathtakingly beautiful Born on a Tuesday which tackles unexplored aspects of friendship, love, trauma and politics in recent Northern Nigerian history; Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s mesmerising Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun, a subtle story about ageing, friendship and loss and the erotic yearnings of an older woman; the crime novel Easy Motion Tourist by Leye Adenle and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s Season of Crimson Blossoms, a controversial and gripping story of an affair between a devoted Muslim grandmother and a 25-year-old drug dealer and political thug.

Cassava Republic Press has headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria with a second base in London. Since its founding 10 years ago in Nigeria, it has become a dynamic and truly international publishing house that Pan Macmillan is proud to represent.

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Read All About Nnedi Okorafor’s Recently Published Binti (With Excerpt and Interview) Publishing has just published Nigerian-American fantasy and science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor’s Afrofuturist novella Binti.

Binti – Okorafor first book set in outer space – is now available in ebook, print on demand and audiobook editions. Publishing is distributed locally by Pan Macmillan.

Binti tells the story of a 16-year-old girl from Namibia who is leaving home to take advantage of an opportunity to study at the prestigious Oomza University. The story is rooted simultaneously in the current reality of Africa and an speculative universe of the future, which makes it socially relevant in a number of different ways.

Read a review of the novella by Mahvesh Murad:

What is most important about Okorafor’s work is that she sees diverse races and cultures as being just as much of the future as they are of the present—something mainstream SF doesn’t always do. Not just does she put Africans from all over the continent in the futures she creates with great clarity and purpose, she makes certain that their various cultures travel forward with them, informing these futures, maintaining unique customs. Okorafor’s stories are where the ancient cultures of Africa meet the future, where what we have been and what makes us human meets what we can be and what we may be in the future. announced the publication of Binti earlier this year, and Carl Engle-Laird reported that the publisher was “thrilled to have her onboard”. Okorafor is equally happy about it:

“I’m really pleased and excited to be a part of’s new novella program. My novella Binti is the first story I’ve ever written that is set in outer space.’s novella program is daring, progressive and pioneering in ways that remind me of my main character Binti, so I think this is a perfect fit.”

Read an interview with the author on, in which she shares a bit about what inspires her writing:

Name your favorite monster from fiction, film, TV, or any other pop culture source.

Godzilla. And not the heroic Godzilla, the one that comes and destroys sh*t for no reason.

Would you rather discover the fountain of youth or proof of life on Mars?

Life on Mars, definitely! Youth is highly overrated, Martians aren’t. has also shared an excerpt from the novella. In the excerpt, Binti sneaks away from her family home and set out on a space journey to university:

I powered up the transporter and said a silent prayer. I had no idea what I was going to do if it didn’t work. My transporter was cheap, so even a droplet of moisture, or more likely, a grain of sand, would cause it to short. It was faulty and most of the time I had to restart it over and over before it worked. Please not now, please not now, I thought.

The transporter shivered in the sand and I held my breath. Tiny, flat, and black as a prayer stone, it buzzed softly and then slowly rose from the sand. Finally, it produced the baggage-lifting force. I grinned. Now I could make it to the shuttle. I swiped otjize from my forehead with my index finger and knelt down. Then I touched the finger to the sand, grounding the sweet smelling red clay into it. “Thank you,” I whispered. It was a half-mile walk along the dark desert road. With the transporter working, I would make it there on time.

Press Release Publishing, an imprint dedicated to novellas and short novels, launched this September with Kai Ashante Wilson’s critically acclaimed fantasy The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps. has long published award-winning short genre fiction, and our new line provides a home for emerging and established writers to tell focused, engaging stories in exactly the number of words they choose.

From Afrofuturist science fiction to darkly imagined fairy tales, Publishing offers a diversity of genre titles for a wide variety of readers. Our current books include:

Witches of Lychford by Paul Cornell: The villagers in the sleepy hamlet of Lychford are divided. A supermarket wants to build a major branch on their border. Only Judith Mawson (local crank) knows that Lychford lies on the boundary between two worlds, and that the destruction of the border will open wide the gateways to malevolent beings beyond imagination. But if she is to have her voice heard, she’s going to need the assistance of some unlikely allies…

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor: Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.

Knowledge comes at a cost, one that Binti is willing to pay, but her journey will not be easy. The world she seeks to enter has long warred with the Meduse, an alien race that has become the stuff of nightmares. Oomza University has wronged the Meduse, and Binti’s stellar travel will bring her within their deadly reach. If Binti hopes to survive the legacy of a war not of her making, she will need both the the gifts of her people and the wisdom enshrined within the University, itself – but first she has to make it there, alive.

Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace: In New York, eating out can be hell. Everyone loves a well-catered event, and the supernatural community is no different, but where do demons go to satisfy their culinary cravings? Welcome to Sin du Jour—where devils on horseback are the clients, not the dish.

You can find out more about our current titles, including Sunset Mantle by Alter S. Reiss, Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter, and K.J. Parker’s The Last Witness, here.

All of our titles are available globally in print, DRM-free ebook, and audiobook format. Starting next year, a select number of our titles, including Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (April 2016) and Infomocracy by Malka Older (June 2016), will also receive traditional print runs in partnership with Tor Books.


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Maneno Matamu Considers the Use of isiZulu, Sesotho and Nigerian English in White Wahala

White WahalaManeno Matamu, a blog, has written an interesting piece on South African and African languages in Ekow Duker’s novel White Wahala.

Maneno Matamu considers Duker’s use of isiZulu and Sesotho, as well as the Nigerian origins of the word “wahala”:

My curiosity wasn’t really satisfied as to the origin of the title. Or rather, I was left to my own imaginary devices to find out how the term got to Constance’s lips. Wahala is a word meaning ‘trouble’ or ‘problem’ in Yoruba – and I was told by my lecturer that it’s a loan word from Hausa. I’ve heard it used in Pidgin Nigerian English as well so one could safely say it’s a nigerian word.

As the word is spoken by a Zambian in the novel, the author decides to interrogate Duker on Twitter:

Duker, a former oil field engineer and banker, is of Ghanaian origin and has lived all over Africa and abroad. He now lives and works in South Africa. His two debut novels, White Wahala and Dying in New York, were published concurrently last year.

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Pan Macmillan Authors at the 2012 Open Book Festival (20 – 24 September)

The Stranger's ChildThe Landscape PainterA Bantu in My BathroomWhen the Sea is Rising Red
Matilda's CatSarah HouseAbundanceNext Stop, Zanzibar Road!Entanglement

Pan Macmillan will be participating in this year’s Open Book Festival, which takes place from 20-24 September in Cape Town’s CBD. Pan Macmillan authors taking part include Alan Hollinghurst, Cat Hellisen, Craig Higginson, Emily Gravett, Eusebius McKaiser, Ifeanyi Ajaegbo, Marlene van der Westhuizen, Niki Daly and Steven Boykey Sidley.

Thursday 20 September, 2012


Venue: The Book Lounge
Time: 10.00 – 11.00
Price: Free Event

Lola Shoneyin, Alan Hollinghurst and Patrick Flanery chat about their writing and give you a glimpse of how it’s done. Chaired by Megan Hitchin.

Friday 21 September, 2012


Venue: The Fugard Theatre
Time: 14.00 – 15.00
Price: R40

Alan Hollinghurst talks to Loftus Marais about The Stranger’s Child


Venue: Fugard First
Time: 16.00 – 17.00
Price: R30

Joanne Harris and Marlene van der Westhuizen talk to each other about the French food they love and the books that resulted from that.

Saturday 22 September, 2012


Venue: The Fugard Theatre
Time: 12.00 – 13.30
Price: Free Event


Venue: The Bank
Time: 13.00 – 14.00
Price: Free Event

Emily Gravett, Chris Venter and Alex Latimer talk to Niki Daly about the challenges of the industry.


Venue: The Fugard Theatre
Time: 16.00 – 17.00
Price: R40

Alan Hollingurst and Damon Galgut discuss their work with Eusebius Mckaiser.


Venue: Fugard Studio
Time: 14.00 – 15.00
Price: R30

Craig Higginson, author of The Landscape Painter, talks to Karina Brink about his novel.


Venue: The Book Lounge
Time: 15.00 – 16.00
Price: Free Event

Dawn Garisch, Deon-Simphiwe Skade and Steven Boykey Sidley speak to Liesl Jobson about their work.


Venue: Fugard Studio
Time: 16.00 – 17.00
Price: R30

Alan Hollinghurst, Kiran Desai and Lionel Shriver discuss the process behind their books with Nancy Richards.


Venue: Fugard Ground
Time: 20.00 – 21.00
Price: R30

Eusebius McKaiser, author of A Bantu in my Bathroom, talks to Rebecca Davis about the book.

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  • A Bantu in My Bathroom: Debating Race, Sexuality and Other Uncomfortable South African Topics by Eusebius McKaiser
    EAN: 9781920434373
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Book Excerpt: Sarah House by Ifeanyi Ajaegbo

Sarah HouseIfeanyi Ajaegbo’s harrowing debut novel, Sarah House, was published by Picador Africa this month. Women24 has released an exclusive extract from the book, in which we are introduced to some of the chilling real life issues that Ajaegbo addresses in his fiction:

‘You want me to be nice to you, don’t you?’

‘I don’t want anything,’ I stammered and made no effort to steady my voice. Something terrible was about to happen to me.

I felt it in the way he looked at me and the way he touched my skin. I saw it in his lopsided double smile, and the wall that refused to melt and swallow me so he would never have me within his reach.

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Ifeanyi Ajaegbo Enters the Harrowing World of Human Trafficking in Sarah House

Sarah HouseA compelling novel about a young woman’s life in a harrowing Nigerian world of human trafficking and prostitution. Sarah House will stay with you long after you finish reading this testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

Nita wakes up in a dark world very different from the life of opportunities promised to her by Slim, the man she loved and trusted to take her away from the small town in opobo in Nigeria. Soon she realises she is a slave, bought and sold without her consent and forced into a life of prostitution and sleazy strip clubs.

Every day Nita walks a tightrope of survival surrounded by vicious pimps and thugs. She meets Tega, a fellow slave lured into prostitution by Slim; she is sold to Madam, who runs Sarah House and makes money from young women and children; she finds favour with Chief, an influential politician who provides protection for Madam’s illicit business; and she must survive Lothar, a renegade porn film maker.

Life in this nightmare world gets more complicated when Nita meets young Damka and is approached by a police detective working undercover. When Damka disappears and Nita discovers the child’s bloodied clothes in a room in Sarah House, she knows she has to work with the police in spite of the dangers to her own life.

“This is a story, told with passion, that the world – beaten out of shape by men who prey on the powerless – should hear.” – Mandla Langa

About the author

Ifeanyi Ajaegbo is a development consultant and communications practitioner who lives and works in Port Harcourt in Nigeria. His writing has won awards and fellowships, including the 2005 african Regional prize for the Commonwealth Short Story competition. Sarah House is his first novel.

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