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  Cover Art: African Psycho Mabanckou, Alain
African Psycho
A petty criminal, has decided to kill his girlfriend Germaine. He's planned the crime for some time, but still, the act of murder requires a bit of psychological and logistical preparation. Luckily, he has a mentor to call on, the far more accomplished serial killer Angoualima. The fact that Angoualima is dead doesn't prevent Gregoire from holding lengthy conversations with him.
2007
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Allah is Not Obliged Kourouma, Ahmadou
Allah is Not Obliged
After the death of his mother, ten-year-old Birahima leaves his Ivory Coast village to search for aunt, Mahan, journeying across the border into Liberia, where he and his companions are captured by rebels and forced into military service, in a compelling novel of the rivalries, power structures, and customs that fuel Africa's bitter wars.
2007
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Arabian Nights and Days Mahfuz, Najib
Arabian Nights and Days
Seventeen tales based on the classic, The Thousand and One Nights, but full of modern messages. In recounting his adventures, Sinbad-the-Sailor observes it is wrong to be a prisoner of tradition.
1995
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears Mengestu, Dinaw
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears
Seventeen years after fleeing the Ethiopian revolution, Sepha Stephanos runs a grocery store in a poor African-American neighborhood in Washington, D.C., where he reflects on his past and the differences between his prospects and the life he imagined.
2007
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Beneath the Lion's Gaze Mengiste, Maaza
Beneath the Lion's Gaze
This memorable, heartbreaking story opens in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1974, on the eve of a revolution. Yonas kneels in his mother's prayer room, pleading to his god for an end to the violence that has wracked his family and country. His father, Hailu, a prominent doctor, has been ordered to report to jail after helping a victim of state-sanctioned torture to die. And Dawit, Hailu's youngest son, has joined an underground resistance movement, a choice that will lead to more upheaval and bloodshed across a ravaged Ethiopia.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Black Mamba Boy Mohamed, Nadifa
Black Mamba Boy
Yemen, 1935. Jama is a “market boy,” a half-feral child scavenging with his friends in the dusty streets of a great seaport. For Jama, life is a thrilling carnival, at least when he can fill his belly. When his mother—alternately raging and loving—dies young, she leaves him only an amulet stuffed with one hundred rupees. Jama decides to spend her life’s meager savings on a search for his never-seen father; the rumors that travel along clan lines report that he is a driver for the British somewhere in the north.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Burger's Daughter Gordimer, Nadine
Burger's Daughter
In South Africa, where Blacks and whites are caught in the winds of change, a young woman tries to uphold the radical heritage she received from her martyred parents while carving out a sense of self. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature.
1979
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Disgrace Coetzee, J. M.
Disgrace
In a novel set in post-apartheid South Africa, a fifty-two-year-old college professor who has lost his job for sleeping with a student tries to relate to his daughter, Lucy, who works with an ambitious African farmer.
1999
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Eddie Signwriter Schwartzman, Adam
Eddie Signwriter
Struggling with a forbidden relationship, banished from school, held responsible for the death of a notable woman in the community, Eddie flees overland to Senegal and then, illegally, to France, determined to find a new life for himself among the immigrant communities of Paris.
2010
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Famished Road Okri, Ben
The Famished Road
As his parents struggle to put food on the table, Azaro, a little boy living in the ghetto of an African city during British colonial rule, battles the evil spirits who are tempting him.
1992
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary African Writing
Coming at a time when Africa and African writers are in the midst of a remarkable renaissance, Gods and Soldiers captures the vitality and urgency of African writing today. With stories from northern Arabic-speaking to southern Zulu-speaking writers, this collection conveys thirty different ways of approaching what it means to be African.
2009
Adult Nonfiction Book
  Cover Art: I Do Not Come to You By Chance Nwaubani, Adaobi
I Do Not Come to You By Chance
Being the opara of the family, Kingsley Ibe is entitled to certain privileges -- a piece of meat in his egusi soup, a party to celebrate his graduation from university. As first son, he has responsibilities, too. Unable to find work, Kingsley cannot take on the duty of training his younger siblings, nor can he provide his parents with financial peace in their retirement. And then there is Ola. It does not seem to matter that he loves her deeply; he cannot afford her bride price. It hasn't always been like this.
2009
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The Impostor Galgut, Damon
The Impostor
Adam Napier leaves Johannesburg looking for a fresh start...One day he encounters Canning, a man who claims Adam saved his life in their school days, but whom Adam does not remember at all. But he plays along and, for a time, enjoys all that Canning has: a vast fortune and game preserve inherited from his father, and a beautiful, mysterious younger wife to whom Adam is compulsively, dangerously drawn.
2008
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Johnny Mad Dog Dongala, Emmanuel Boundzeki
Johnny Mad Dog
Two teenagers--Johnny Mad Dog, a member of the rebel Death Dealers, and Laokolé, a young girl who dreams of becoming an engineer--grow up while rival ethnic groups fight for control of their country, in a novel set amid the chaos of West Africa's civil wars.
2005
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The King's Rifle Bandele-Thomas, Biyi
The King's Rifle
The story chronicles the Chindits, a band of African soldiers enlisted by the British military and sent to Burma to fight the Japanese. Among them is Farabiti Banana, a 14-year-old Nigerian who becomes a soldier to follow the lead of his friends and hopes the military will make him a man.
2007
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Measuring Time Habila, Helon
Measuring Time
This is the story of twin brothers born in Keti, a small Nigerian village in transition between ancient and modern ways. One brother, LaMamo, runs away from home for adventure and becomes a mercenary in the brutal civil war in Liberia. The other, Mamo, weakened by sickle cell anemia, stays home and becomes a writer and local historian trying to narrate the history of the village.
2007
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Memoirs of a Porcupine Mabanckou, Alain
Memoirs of a Porcupine
All human beings, says an African legend, have an animal double. Some doubles are benign, others wicked. When Kibandi, a boy living in a Congolese village, reaches the age of 11, his father takes him out into the night, and forces him to drink a vile liquid from a jar which has been hidden for years in the earth. This is his initiation.
2012
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: The October Killings Ebersohn, Wessel
The October Killings
Lawyer Abby Bukula, the grown daughter of parents killed during an anti-apartheid protest, repays the man who saved her life by teaming up with an eccentric psychologist to investigate attacks on the massacre's soldiers.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Open City : a Novel Cole, Teju
Open City : a Novel
Feeling adrift after ending a relationship, Julius, a young Nigerian doctor living in New York, takes long walks through the city while listening to the stories of fellow immigrants until a shattering truth is revealed.
2011
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Other Lives : a Novel in Three Parts Brink, André P.
Other Lives : a Novel in Three Parts
Three provocative and interconnected stories from one of the world's greatest living writers: a white painter is surprised by a black woman & her children who call him "Daddy;" across town a white man wakes up to find his skin has turned black; and a concert pianist finds the courage at last to speak of love when he and his crush are threatened by armed men.
2008
Adult Fiction Book
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AFRICAN AUTHORS...


AUTHORS
• Abani, Christopher
Nigeria
• Aboulela, Leila
Sudan
• Abrahams, Peter, 1919-
South Africa
• Achebe, Chinua
Nigeria
• Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
Nigeria
• Aidoo, Ama Ata
Ghana
• Akpan, Uwem
Nigeria
• Amadi, Elechi
Nigeria
• Armah, Ayi Kwei
Ghana
• Atta, Sefi
Nigeria
• Ben Jelloun, Tahar
Morocco
• Beti, Mongo
Cameroon
• Beukes, Lauren
South Africa
• Brink, André P.
South Africa
• Camara, Laye
Guinea-Bissau
• Coetzee, J. M.
South Africa
• Cole, Teju
Nigeria
• Dangarembga, Tsitsi
Zimbabwe
• Dib, Mohammed
Algeria
• Djaout, Tahar
Algeria
• Djebar, Assia
Algeria
• Dongala, Emmanuel Boundzéki
Congo-Kinshasa
• Ebersohn, Wessel
South Africa
• Emecheta, Buchi
Nigeria
• Farah, Nuruddin
Somalia
• Fugard, Athol
South Africa
• Fugard, Lisa
South Africa
• Galgut, Damon
South Africa
• Gordimer, Nadine
South Africa
• Gurnah, Abdulrazak
Tanzania
• Habila, Helon
Nigeria
• Head, Bessie
Botswana
• Isegawa, Moses
Uganda
• Khadra, Yasmina
Algeria
• Kourouma, Ahmadou
Ivory Coast
• La Guma, Alex
South Africa
• Mabanckou, Alain
Congo-Kinshasa
• Mackenzie, Jassy
South Africa
• Magona, Sindiwe
South Africa
• Mahfuz, Najib
Egypt
• Matthee, Dalene
South Africa
• Mda, Zakes
South Africa
• Mengiste, Maaza
Ethiopia
• Mwangi, Meja
Kenya
• Ngugi wa, Thiong'o
Kenya
• Nkosi, Lewis
South Africa
• Okorafur, Nnedi
Nigeria
• Okri, Ben
Nigeria
• Paton, Alan
South Africa
• Pepetela,
Angola
• Salih, al-Tayyib
Sudan
• Soyinka, Wole
Nigeria
• van Niekerk, Marlene
South Africa
• Vera, Yvonne
Zimbabwe
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