In this week's (13 August) Publisher's Weekly see the first profile of @chigozieobioma and his 2nd novel #AnOrchestraofMinorities (@littlebrown , January 2019)! His editor @judyclain and agent were interviewed for this article too. #booklovers #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #africanwriters 😍🐣💥
August holidays. #vanlife #hammocktime #booklovers
Two of the most important and most adored men in my life met for the first time in Manchester to do a photo shoot + see #TheFishermen @homemcr . This was one of the only chances @jason_m_keith has given me to use his 📷😘
So much joy + growth has been shared on this journey with @chigozieobioma + #TheFishermen ! And seeing his powerful debut novel brilliantly reborn as a play in Manchester @homemcr @nptheatre @obiscoco was one of the most beautiful experiences of my career. Now you can see it in Edinburgh @edfringe in this month of August and then for one week in London @arcolatheatre (Sept 18-22)! 🤗💥🎟️ @littlebrown @pushkin_press @sharpcorners @judyclain @gray.318 @jason_m_keith #booklovers #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #africanwriters
The Mersey, Liverpool, a waterway that has borne so much troubling history, yet an intriguing place to visit.
Also in Liverpool was surprised + fascinated by Nigerian Monarchs by #GeorgeOsodi + Pakistani libraries by @madihaaijaz . @openeyegallery #liverpoolbiennial
Messages left outside Museum of Slavery, Liverpool.
Museum of Slavery, Liverpool. What does #Liverpool make you think of? Football, The Beatles...socialism, the Titanic, the Lusitania, Irish immigration during the Potato Famine...I didn't know until I went there that before all of the above, Liverpool was the center of the transatlantic slave trade. #olaudahequiano
Manchester has two of the most beautiful public libraries I have ever seen: Central Library + @TheJohnRylands (established by the cotton manufacturer's widow Enriqueta Augustina Rylands in 1900) ! #booklovers #literarylife #librariesofinstagram
In addition to the magic of seeing Chigozie Obioma + #TheFishermen (as a play), I loved my first face-to-face meeting with my wonderful #Manchester author, Diana Anyakwo! Excited to be talking to editors about her debut manuscript, The Other Side of the Sun, in September! #lovebeingaliteraryagent #literarylife
@chigozieobioma signing copies of #TheFishermen for the audience who saw his novel as a play @homemcr in Manchester on 26 July.😍 #authorsofinstagram #booklovers #bookstagram #booksofinstagram
The rising #nigerian stars who made #TheFishermen a triumph of storytelling first as a novel (@chigozieobioma ) + now as a play: Gbolahan Obisesan @obiscoco , Michael Ajao (Ben) + Valentine Olukoga (Obembe). 👏🙌🏾🙌🏼💜🌟🌟🌟🌟
This was the most moving + thrilling + beautiful night of theatre I've ever experienced: seeing #TheFishermen with @chigozieobioma as a play in Manchester @Homemcr @nptheatre . The journey we have both been on with this novel has been epic + it continues to surprise + delight me and new passionate readers even 4 years after the book was first published. Seeing it reborn on the stage (w/script by Gbolahan Obisesan @obiscoco + astonishing acting by Michael Ajoa + Valentine Olukoga) is an affirmation of the redemptive, regenerative power of storytelling.💜🙌🏾🙌🏼💥 #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #booklovers
Jack McNamara, director of #TheFishermen and Artistic Director of New Perspectives @nptheatre interviewed @chigozieobioma during a Facebook Live Q&A in Manchester @homemcr I will never forget the first time I met Jack about 2 years ago and he told me he wanted to adapt Chigozie's multilayered novel into a play with only the two youngest brothers playing all of the other characters. Somehow I believed he could he could do it and he has done it brilliantly! 👏💥
@chigozieobioma in Manchester to see his debut #TheFishermen as a play @homemcr , received from his UK editor, Ailah Ahmed, a beautiful bound proof of his brilliant second novel #AnOrchestraofMinorities. Coming in January 2019 from @littlebrown 👏💜 #authorsofinstagram #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #booklovers #africanwriters
First meeting of @chigozieobioma with his German publisher, Thomas Tebbe/Piper Verlag @piperverlag who flew over to Manchester for this special occasion. Chigozie's second novel, #AnOrchestraofMinorities, will be published in Germany in September 2019! 👏🤗
In Manchester, UK: #TheFishermen by @chigozieobioma is now a brilliant play @nptheatre @homemcr ! They even have a poster inside the elevator. Next it goes to @edfringe for August! And then around England + to London @arcolatheatre in September ! Tickets selling fast and today's review in @guardian : The Fishermen is a production with a spark of something very special! 🤗🎟️
Perfect reading for a flight. Just landed in Liverpool, to see @chigozieobioma and #TheFishermen (the play) in Manchester! #booklovers #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #summereading #skybound @picadorbooks
👏👏TONIGHT in Manchester @homemcr is the opening of #TheFishermen by @chigozieobioma as a play! @nptheatre w/ script by Gbolahan Obisesan + acting by Michael Ajao (Ben) + Valentine Olukoga (Obembe) have done brilliant work in recreating Obioma's Booker-shortlisted debut novel for the stage! These two young actors play all the characters! Tickets selling out! In August it will be a highlight of @edfringe (@assembly_rooms_edinburgh ) + in September it goes to #london (@arcolatheatre )! 🤗😍
After the music festival (#Cruilla2018) Lady Liberty and her man (@jason_m_keith ) walked home through the light and shadows.
Spreading the word about #familiesbelongtogether + #votefromabroad at #Cruilla2018 #Cruillaenamora AND so excited to hear #FatoumataDiawara and next #DavidByrne!
A beautiful moth visitor appeared inside today. Thinking of @seraphinarose8 and her novel #DodgeandBurn ❤️🔥Read it to find out why! #authorsofinstagram #bookstagram #bestsummerbooks #femalesurrealists #booklovers
Usually I post about my wonderful authors, but today I proudly post for my Dad - a retired English teacher who inspired me to love writing + books. Today his Letter to the Editor was published in the New York Times 😍 To the Editor: The ongoing story of the Thai soccer team rescue is a welcome antithesis to the news to which we have become accustomed. It is a story of international cooperation; of adventure and misadventure; of the importance of expertise and facts; of true courage and selfless sacrifice; of human drama unrelated to violence, anger or greed; of the shared agony and joy of parents everywhere who are following the rescue efforts. As I write this, we are hoping that the remaining boys will be safely evacuated. Perhaps this story will remind us to focus more on our ability to pool knowledge, expertise, compassion and heroism in response to human need. Perhaps this can inspire us to apply these same qualities to the rescue of the thousands of children separated from their parents in a labyrinth of bureaucracy and ideology. PETER CRAIG, BRANFORD, CONN. #EndFamilyDetention #EndFamilySeparation #makeamericacareagain
👏❤️Congratulations to Susanna Crossman ! Her beautiful essay The Nomenclature of a Toddler is nominated for #BestoftheNet 2018 in creative non-fiction! Read it👇 https://riggwelterpress.wordpress.com/2018/05/09/the-nomenclature-of-a-toddler-by-susanna-crossman/👈 AND I am so excited to be submitting Susanna's stunning literary memoir The Crimson House to editors!📖🔥
A first glimpse of #TheFishermen by @chigozieobioma as a play with script by Gbolahan Obisesan @obiscoco ! It opens in Manchester @homemcr @nptheatre on July 19! Then will be @edfringe @assembly_rooms_edinburgh for August! UK press is already picking it as a must-see! 😍👏👏
What makes me happy this #IndependenceDay ? 1)The growing resistance of US citizens at home + abroad protesting the inhumanity + racism + corruption of our government 2) The international coalition I formed with other US citizens around the world: @familiesbelongtogetherintl 3) Two great things arrived in the mail today - my #FamiliesBelongTogether t-shirt AND my absentee ballot for the CT Primaries. 4) One great thing is going out in the mail today - the petition I started for US citizens in Spain to tell AG Sessions to #EndFamilyDetention + #EndZeroTolerance! 🎆🗽🇺🇸✊🏼 #iwillvote #votefromabroad #nottoofarawaytovote #Novemberiscoming #Midterms2018🌊 #IreallyDOcare #voteouttheracists #voteoutthemisogynists #dissentispatriotic
To my fellow US citizens at home + abroad: If you are celebrating the 4th of July, at your parties + picnics please think of ways you can express + discuss the contradictions between the Trump Administration + our American values of independence - of life, liberty + the pursuit of happiness for all. Be aware of how the photos or messages you share may appear to people who are protesting the US government's inhumane + illegal treatment of immigrants, to people who are terrified of detention + deportation, to people whose relatives are currently in a cage, to people whose ancestors were slaves, and to all the people who are still fighting for equality. Remember the protections for asylum seekers in the US Constitution + the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - the rights that Attorney General Sessions + DHS are violating. Remember the words by Emma Lazarus on the Statue of Liberty: Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free...Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! #EndFamilyDetention #EndZeroTolerance #independence #humanrights #dissentispatriotic🇺🇸🎆🗽
A new favorite image from my favorite bridge in the world. Thank you NYC! 💜NY 💜Brooklyn #BrooklynBridge #bridgesNOTwalls #Repost @familiesbelongtogetherintl ・・・ #Repost @webelongtogether ・・・ THANK YOU. Today you raised your voice to send a clear message: #FamiliesBelongTogether. We're not done yet! Join an action group near you! 🙌🏾🙌🏻🙌🏼✊🏽✊🏼✊🏾💜🌍
Well this 30 June was one of the most intense and beautiful days of my life. Thank you to everyone who stood together in the hot sun in the center of Barcelona + to everyone braving the heat across the US (my parents at the March in DC💜) + around the world. I still keep asking myself how have we reached this point where we need to demand the US government STOP putting children in cages and STOP destroying immigrant families. But after today I believe we have joined together just in time to reverse this terrible racist, immoral, inhumane + unjustifiable policy. And that we also have a chance of changing the tide of xenophobia in Europe. If you want to see photos + videos from the international coalition I am building with inspiring activists in Spain + around the world see @familiesbelongtogetherintl LOVE must win in November (US #midterms2018🌊 ) AND after. Please speak out for immigrants. Please vote.💜🌍 #ThisIsGlobal
Barcelona: Inspired sign-making in @naubostik with @blancahaddad6916. See you at noon in Pl. Catalunya! ✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾💜 #FamiliesTogetherAndFree #familiasunidasnodivididas #EndFamilyDetention #ReunifyFamiliesNow #EndZeroTolerance #ThisIsGlobal @democratsabroad @demsabroadspain @democratsabroadlyon @webelongtogether @domesticworkers @UnitedWeDream @aclu_nationwide @moveon @womensmarchglobal @womensmarchbcn @womensmarch @womensmarchmilan