Our spring season officially kicks off this month with Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi's Let's Tell This Story Properly, which goes on sale today! Publishers Weekly says, "Readers will savor Makumbi’s explorations of characters caught between Uganda and England and the cultural forces of immigration."
Get your copy of the first collection of stories by the critically acclaimed author of Kintu—which Salman Rushdie called a Ugandan One Hundred Years of Solitude in The New York Times—with a 5-book subscription or reserve one at your local indie bookstore.
New Makumbi on Lit Hub
Want to take a look at the collection right now? A new story, "She is Our Stupid," is up on Lit Hub:
In 1981, a Ugandan from Britain arrives looking for the family. He says that Flower is in a mental asylum. Family asks ‘How?’ Apparently she started falling mad, on and off, in the 1970s. ‘How is she mad?’ The messenger didn’t know. ‘Who’s looking after her?’ You don’t need family to look after you in a mental asylum. 'You mean our child is all alone like that?’
You can read the entire story here.
Bay Area Book Festival
Join us this weekend, May 4–5, at the Bay Area Book Festival for a fantastic lineup of speakers and events in downtown Berkeley. We'll be at Booth 122 with Transit swag and a selection of new (and not yet available!) books for sale.
Where: MLK Jr Civic Center Park, Berkeley, CA 94704
When: The outdoor bookfair will be open from 11:00–5:00 on Saturday and Sunday
News, Reviews, and More
1. Namwali Serpell, author of The Old Drift, gives a shoutout to Kintu in The New Yorker. 2. The Los Angeles Review of Books calls María Sonia Cristoff's False Calm (tr. Katherine Silver) “an artful, atmospheric, thought-provoking depiction of life between silence and open space.” 3. The Iowa Gazette reviews Mariana Dimópulos's All My Goodbyes (tr. Alice Whitmore): "Scientific in its distance and philosophical in its insight, All My Goodbyes is a marvelous, introspective work.” 4. World Literature Todayincludes All My Goodbyes in its Spring Nota Bene. 5. Iain Galbraith's translation of Esther Kinsky's River is shortlisted for the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize.