Delia Cai’s debut novel Central Places follows a woman who left her Midwest home for Manhattan and fell in love. Now she’s bringing her fiancé back to meet her immigrant parents in hopes of them hitting it off when they finally meet. What follows is a laugh out loud, charming debut novel.
Debutiful had the author answer our recurring A Life of Books questionnaire so readers can get to know her better!
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Author Onyi Nwabineli was born in Nigeria and grew up in numerous cities across the United Kingdom. She is the cofounder of Surviving Out Loud, a fund that provides fiscal support for survivors of sexual assault, and the founder of Black Pens (black-pens.com), a writing retreat for Black womxn. Her debut novel, Someday, Maybe, is about a woman overcoming the death of her husband and navigating what her new life is.
Debutiful asked her our recurring ‘A Life of Books’ questionnaire so readers can get to know her better.
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When you google Omolola Ijeoma Ogunyemi, you’ll discover a slew of results about a computer scientist and biomedical informatics researcher. Scroll a little bit and you’ll discover that Ogunyemi also wrote a stellar debut called Jollof Rice and Other Revolutions.
I wanted to get to know how Ogunyemi has mastered two wildly different fields and introduce her to readers. We corresponded via email and discussed her science background, life in Nigeria, and writing fiction.
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Every year, PEN America releases an anthology of the best short stories written by first time published writers. This year, a dozen writers were selected from a wide-ranging array of literary journals – both in print and online. They were judged and selected by Sabrina Orah Mark, Emily Nemens, and Deesha Philyaw.
You can read previous roundtables featuring writers from past collections here: 2021, 2020, and 2019.
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