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  • Review: 'The Fishermen' by Chigozie Obioma

    Review: 'The Fishermen' by Chigozie Obioma
    The most frustrating thing about "The Fishermen" is that the author has no other books for the reader to devour once the final page is reached. This is Chigozie Obioma's first novel, although he has published some short stories. These stories, sadly, are not easily obtainable, and so the reader likely will be tempted to reread the book, or to count the days to his next novel.
  • M.H. Abrams dies at 102; editor of 'Norton Anthology'

     M.H. Abrams dies at 102; editor of 'Norton Anthology'
     M.H. Abrams, an esteemed critic, teacher and tastemaker who helped shape the modern literary canon as founding editor of "The Norton Anthology of English Literature" and joined the elite himself by writing one of the 20th century's most acclaimed works...

    Chinua Achebe dies a second time, thanks to social media

    Chinua Achebe dies a second time, thanks to social media
    It was sad when Nigerian-born author Chinua Achebe died March 21 at age 82. The fact that he died in 2013 was missed by those who began circulating the death on social media Monday morning. RIPs to Achebe have been making the rounds on Facebook and...

    Okey Ndibe's 'Arrows of Rain' splits its powerful message

    Okey Ndibe's 'Arrows of Rain' splits its powerful message
    It's been quite a journey for Okey Ndibe's first novel, "Arrows of Rain." Originally published in England in 2000, the book is finally coming out here in the wake of last year's "Foreign Gods, Inc.," which essentially introduced the author to an...

    The Biblioracle: Heed the warnings from dystopian literature

    The Biblioracle: Heed the warnings from dystopian literature
    I am not sure what this says about me, but if the apocalypse comes, and it's of the nuclear variety, I'm hoping to be atomized in a blinding flash of light. If it's flesh-eating zombies, I'll run jugular-first into their teeth-gnashing embrace. If I...