That this edition is coming a couple of months behind schedule wasn’t planned, but it has confirmed what I had always known: we’re not always in control of time and season. For heing here for all the period of our absence, appreciation is in order. While we were away, a number of notable events took place in the literary world. Chimamanda Adichie went home with the American National Book Critics Circle Award for her perennially-prize-winning third novel, Americanah. In a recent interview, she defends herself from patriarchal critics and lets the reader a little more into her motivations and experiences straddling two cultural experiences. Also, in the break, Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo won the Pen/Hemingway Prize as well as the Inaugural Etisalat Prize for Fiction. She was earlier nominated for the MAN Booker for her debut novel We Need New Names. In a couple of weeks, the shortlisted stories for this year’s Caine Prize will be announced by the board of judges. Two stories first published here have been submitted for appraisal. And like we did last year, the NTLitMag will review each of the stories shortlisted in the weeks preceding the award of the Prize. That’s something to look forward to. In this issue are short and long works by writers from Nigeria and the United States. I hope you find it enjoyable.
- BOOK REVIEW | Lagos 2060 by Dami Ajayi
- FICTION | All is Well by Mafoya Dossoumon
- FICTION | That Day by Fiyinfoluwa Akinsiku
- POETRY | Two Poems by Femi Morgan
- POETRY | Children of the Postcolony by Babatunde Fagbayibo
KT Akowonjo, Lagos.