A new short story by Americanah author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, titled Olikoye, surfaced on the platform Medium on Monday after being originally published in the story collection The Art of Saving a Life, commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to spotlight the value of vaccines. The quick but poignant read is narrated by a woman reflecting on the many lives lost to disease—and those saved by modern medicine—in Lagos, Nigeria, as she gives birth to her first child.
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Publishers Weekly has released its annual ranking of the biggest book publishers in the world. Textbook publisher Pearson is no. 1, with $9.33 billion in revenue last year; other educational and professional publishers fill out the rest of the top 4. The largest trade publisher (and fifth overall) is Random House (now Penguin Random House) with $3.66 billion in revenue. The top 10 publishers accounted for 54 percent of all book revenue last year. [Publishers Weekly]
Today, people curate the flood of articles they want to read via Instapaper and Pocket, and post recommendations on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, among others. In the 19th century, people used scrapbooks for the same purpose. The more you know! [Smithsonian Magazine]
The New York Times identifies a new group of writers: “African writers with an internationalist bent.” It includes Americanah author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dinaw Mengestu, Helen Oyeyemi, NoViolet Bulawayo, Teju Cole, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, and Taiye Selasi. “Some writers and critics scoff at the idea of lumping together diverse writers with ties to a diverse continent,” the article reads. “But others say that this wave represents something new in its sheer size, after a long fallow period.” [The New York Times] READ FULL STORY
Last night, the National Book Critics Circle announced the winners of its prestigious awards for books published in 2013. Not too surprisingly, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche — you might recognize that name from the Beyonce track “***Flawless” — edged out Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch for the big fiction prize for Americanah, the probing novel about Nigerian immigrants that EW chose as one of the best books of last year.
See below for a full list of winners: READ FULL STORY
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