Stay With Me

I had a chance to read an electronic version of Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay with Me back when it was just a galley, making the rounds, the publisher and author trying to drum up support for a debut novel. I passed on it because there seemed to be an abundance of this type of story being released…

The Black Experience

February is Black History month. No kidding. You already knew that. The month is almost over so I know that for the past few weeks, you’ve probably been reading or listening to stories that feature prominent black figures in our past or present. In the latest episode of A Closer Book, the series on my…

The New Negro #ReadSoulLit

Negro is not a word that I use often but the experience of people of African descent once they left the continent, has been as diverse as the names by which we’ve been known. Negro, colored, darkies, black people, African- Americans are just some of the names. There are many others, some meant not just to…

Faking My Life Story

I was applying for a writing job and found this prompt: Tell us about your hometown. Describe what was it like growing up there? what are some things to do or see? what are popular foods in the area? I didn’t really want to talk about where I came from but I wanted to incorporate some…