The notable African Books of the Year list was first launched by Brittle Paper in 2018 with the objective to show the world how richly and expansively African literary culture is growing, and to introduce readers to new books; particularly books from under-represented parts of the continent.
This year, 23 countries are represented on the list, including Djibouti and Burkina Faso, for the first time. The array of genres featured include speculative fiction, YA, poetry, queer writing, memoirs, travel narrative, political thriller, crime, comics, romance fiction, satire and the absurd, historical fiction, children’s books, and more.
Also new this year, Brittle Paper broke its tradition of compiling a list of 50 notable African books and instead upped the number to an all time high of 100.
“The reason is simple,” Edoro said. “The African literary scene has expanded in the last few years. There were just too many good books to leave out.”
Explore the gorgeous spread of all 100 books and their descriptions here.