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  • 4 African authors among Man Booker International finalists

    The "Memoirs of a Porcupine," the "Confessions of the Lioness" and the lessons from the Sahara desert are just some of the titles and themes explored by the four authors from Africa who are among 10 finalists for the Man Booker International Prize.
  • 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...

    Why 'trigger warnings'? We already live in a hair-trigger world.

     Why 'trigger warnings'? We already live in a hair-trigger world.
    Academia has always been an easy target for mockery. Henry Kissinger observed that university politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so low, and one logical extension is that liberal arts departments are steeped in self-importance...

    The peculiar madness of 'trigger warnings'

    The peculiar madness of 'trigger warnings'
    Trigger warning: I am going to make fun of "trigger warnings." Of course, if you're the sort of person who takes trigger warnings very seriously, you probably don't read this column too often. So maybe my mockery will miss its target, sort of like...