The Death of Vivek Oji

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October Book of the Month

The Death of Vivek Oji

by Akwaeke Emezi

 

"The Death of Vivek Oji is here – and it's perfect. It's a wonderful thing to be able to press a novel like this into someone's hands, firm in the belief they will love it mightily and be changed by their time with it. If you know of Akwaeke Emezi, you already know what to expect: their work is arresting, propulsive, electric, beautiful, potent and thoroughly unlike anything else. Like Emezi's previous work Freshwater and YA novel Pet, this book is exquisite in form and breathtaking down to its smallest detail. The Death of Vivek Oji explores what it looks like to choose yourself: to dare to do so – and to be completely loved as you do so – despite incredible opposition and denial. Akwaeke Emezi is a non-binary trans Igbo and Tamil writer based in liminal spaces; similarly, the protagonist Vivek Oji transcends the rigid ideas of gender, nationality, life/death, and separation of spiritual & ancestral realms of his upbringing. It's impossible in such short space to do justice to this masterpiece or to capture even a fraction of Vivek's brief but glorious and expansive life: just read this book!– Emma.

 

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Song of the Crocodile

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ILF October Book of the Month

Song of the Crocodile

by Nardi Simpson

 

"Simpson is an incredible storyteller and has written a lyrical, most beautiful family saga. Three generations of the Billymil family have grown up in Darnmoor, a gateway town. Watched over by ancestral spirits who guide their family along the right path, the Billymil family story is of trauma and survival in the face of change. The writing itself will do more for acknowledgment of something special than my adjectives and description or even winning the Black&Write fellowship does; so here is an excerpt from the end of the book which offers the meaning behind the book’s title: This song was given to me by my master and is the last I will sing. It is the Song of the Crocodile, the greatest, most powerful song in this country. The song will lure it into the floodplains where it will face its end. This is why you are here, why you were born and have already died. We have to sing the crocodile so that lore can start again. Perfection!– Dean.

 

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Mica the Star Sailor

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Kids Illustrated Book of the Month

Mica the Star Sailor

by Bertie Blackman

 

"Imagination is everything, and home is where you make it, in the debut picture book from artist and musician Bertie Blackman. If you think that name sounds familiar to you, you're right! Bertie is the daughter of renowned Australian painter Charles Blackman. Written as a dedication to her father who became ill with dementia when she was only 13, Mica the Star Sailor is the story of a young girl experiencing loss. One night, alone in her room and longing for her astronaut father, Mica follows a shooting star and finds herself spanning the endless universe in search of him. Full of gorgeous illustrations, in blues of every shade, there's a sadness - thick and inky, that envelopes the reader before elevating them with a message of hope." 

 

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