Thursday, 3 November 2011

Thrusty Thursday - Books, Award Winner and More

Hello readers! Just a quick update before I return to my writing cave.

This week you have to live on Mars not to know that NaNoWriMo has started. It’s a yearly challenge where thousands of participants attempt to write a novel of 50,000 words in the month of November. I did it for the first time last year and I’m doing it again this year. If you haven’t joined in yet, it’s not too late. Just click the link to go to the NaNoWriMo website and register. To all participants, happy writing!

On other book news, Nnedi Okorafor’s fantasy novel Who Fears Death, set in post-apocalyptic Africa, has won the Fantasy Novel of the Year award. Indeed it is a book that has won several awards and critical acclaim.  I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it already. Check our Nnedi’s website for more about the book. You can also read the news article in the Guardian.

Lauri Kubuitsile has a new book out. Signed, Hopelessly in Love is a young adult book about Amo, ace reporter, who is asked to take on the agony aunt column for her school newspaper but everything goes horribly wrong. The book was shortlisted for the Sanlam Prize in South Africa and is published by the South African publisher Tafelberg. For how to buy the book go to Lauri’s Blog.

Talking about YA fiction, I also recommend another book by Adwoa Badoe titled Between Sisters. The blurb reads: 
In Ghana, life seems to be made up of Nobodies and Somebodies. So when sixteen-year-old Gloria fails thirteen out of fifteen subjects on her final exams, her chances of becoming a Somebody appear very slim indeed. Then she is given an opportunity to leave her family and home behind to become a nanny and housekeeper for Christine, a well-to-do relative, and it suddenly looks as though there may be other ways to become a Somebody.
The book is available on Amazon and you can check out Adwoa’s website for more details.

I’m heading back to my writing cave. Have a great week y’all.


  1. Thanks for popping out to keep us abreast of all this news of recent publications. Here's wishing you all the very best with Nano!

  2. Between sisters looks very interesting, let me go check it out. Congrats to Nnedi, I enjoyed reading Who fears Death.

  3. I'm not big on fantasy, but if it has won awards and it's set in Africa, I'd definitely like to check it out. Thanks!

  4. Totally missed the other two books, I think I'm dizzy from NaNoing. :) Having a look at those too.

  5. Have a fun & productive weekend :-)

  6. Kiru, hope you're enjoying NaNo!


  7. Thank you, all. It's been a slow start to NaNo but I'm plodding on. Have a great week.

  8. Thanks for the update and books reviews. It's great to see African writers coming up strongly like this. I think Adwoa Badoe is launching a new book or a new edition of Between Sisters in Accra this month.

  9. Hi Kiru,

    All the best for your NaNo ing!

    Thanks for the book reviews, sounds fantastic reads. Need to check them out!

  10. Sounds interesting, I will be checking out this book!

  11. Thank you FWWA, Romance Reader and Nas.

  12. Best of luck to you Kiru, with Nano I mean. I too will be joining in the fun!


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