Reading is one of the habits that defines us as human. Thanks to her, we can go into incredible and wonderful stories and worlds that explore in the depths of our mind by opening to the infinite wealth of knowledge and culture, stimulating our imagination, our senses and our emotions, allowing us to be what we read.
That is exactly what the authors to whom we are writing today claim. New literary figures, that if you do not know them yet, aspect that we doubt, can not be missing in your particular library. They are a must read for anyone who feels and believes in reading as a means of telling stories. Come and meet them.
One of the most powerful female voices in literature for young people and adults is that of Nicola Yoon (Jamaica, 1972). His first novel “Everything, everything”(2015) tells the story of Maddy, a teenager with a severe combined immunodeficiency who lives apart from the world, and Olly, her neighbor who has just moved to the neighborhood and wants to make friends with her. A work full of charm and emotion, which reached the list of best sellers of the New York Times and was adapted to the cinema, by the hand of the Canadian director Stella Meghie being its protagonist Amanda Stenberg.
After the success received by his first novel, Yoon published his second work of the same genre, “The sun also a star”, which was also acclaimed by its readers. A frantic love story of a girl, a boy and the universe. And yes, it was also adapted to the cinema, in the brilliant film by Russo-Young, starring Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton
She is one of the most influential creative writers of the African continent. Chimamanda Ngozi is a reference in literature and in the current feminist movement. She defines herself as “a happy African feminist who does not hate men and who likes to wear lipstick and high heels for herself (…)” Awarded with countless awards among which the Commowealth Writer stands out for the best book for “The Purple Flower ”(2003), the Orange prize for“Half Yellow Sun ”(2006) or the Chicago Tribune Heartland and the National Book Critics Circle Award for“Americanah ”(2014), which will be adapted for an HBO miniseries, starring Lupita Nyongo and Danai Gurira (Okoye in Black Panther). In addition, adaptations of his speech given at TEDxTalk Euston have been developed, “We should all be Feminists” and “Dear Ijeawele: How to educate in feminism.” Both writings, characterized by the respect for feminism and African culture have achieved worldwide success.
Taiye Selasi, the British raised in the United States but of Ghanaian descent, is licensed by the prestigious Yale University in American Studies, has become an emerging star of literature, thanks to the unconditional support provided by the famous writer Toni Morrison and the powerful agent, Andrew Wylie His first published work, “Bye-Bye Babar or What is an Afropolitan)?”, would not be a novel, but a sociological essay that focuses on a new generation of Africans of cosmopolitan character who do not necessarily identify with Africa and they do have a more global identity. She coined the term “afropolitan” to designate African people of international projection that moves among the big, prosperous, modern and sophisticated cities.
“Ghana Must go” is considered his debut novel and with which he has achieved the highest international recognition. A work on the uprooting and diaspora of an African family, the Kweku Sai. Noted for its extraordinary narrative fluency, its structure and its undoubted amenity. References to urban culture as well as a noticeable influence on Anglo-Saxon literature are appreciated.
Moreover, the novel was selected as one of the ten best novels of 2013 by the Wall Street Journal in 2014 and has been published in more than sixteen countries.
Writers, in short, women who have been able to express through their literary works a social change, venturing an equal and heterogeneous future in equal rights over the different races and genders of the world.