With upcoming releases by the likes of Teju Cole and BlackLivesMatter inspired Angie Thomas, 2017 is looking to be a benchmark year for literature. Here are a few of the titles we are looking forward to in January. Hit us up on social media with any thoughts, comments or recommend your anticipated titles for January!
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay (HarperCollins Publishers) 3 Jan
From the author of Bad Feminist, this short story collection is a modernist fare that navigates the lives of married women from varying social backgrounds who face the trauma of past crimes or emotional blackmail.
Welcome to Lagos by Chibundu Onuzo (Faber & Faber) 5 Jan
Onuzo’s second novel sees Chike Ameobi; an idealistic army officer who refuses to kill innocent civilians on orders. He becomes the leader of a band of runaways who share his vision for a better Nigeria. Will their high ideals survive in the face of political scandal and corruption?
City of Bones: A Testament by Kwame Dawes (TriQuarterly) 15 Jan
As haunting and symbolic as the title; this collection of lyrical poems weaves the influences of jazz, drumbeats, reggae, blue and gospel into a vision of the lives of the African diaspora live.
Home by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com) 31 Jan
Home is the continuation of Okorafor’s Nebula Award winning novella. Binti has found her place at Oomza University but must return to her planet alongside her friend Okwu; the first Meduse arrive on peaceful terms. How well will this go?
The January Children by Safia Elhillo (University of Nebraska Press) 3 Jan
With a title that recalls the culture of designating children’s birth years according to height and birth dates as January 1st during the British colonial rule in Sudan. It is fitting that this collection of poems deals the cultural estrangement faced by generations of Sudanese in regards to nationhood, history, as well as the reconciliation of Arab and African identities.
Radio Sunrise by Anietie Isong (Jacaranda Books) 24 Jan
This debut novel is a satirical tale of Ifiok; a young journalist whose life has been turned upside down by government cuts and an affair then tries to redeem himself with a documentary on militancy in his hometown.