The good fellows at Farafina had sent me a newsletter telling me about the new short stories collection they had just published. I was keen and tried ordering a few copies by email. The response was slow, so I gave up.
An idea of a treat for me is late lunch/early dinner ideally once a month (preferably a Friday after payday ?) at the Terra Kulture. Its idealistic nature is opined on the fact that I can browse the bookshop while my food order is being prepared. One of those Fridays, while browsing the bookshelves of the bookshop in Terra Kulture, I saw copies of International Sisi Eko, the new short story collection by Farafina. At the end of the evening, I killed two birds with a single stone – a copy of the new book and a good meal of Ofada, peppered snail and something light (just Star Lite) to make the long journey back home in Lagos traffic more manageable.
Tucked in the heart of Ikeja GRA is Ouida Books ‘s home. The day after the previous purchase, I popped in to see what was new in this bookshop run by the very admirable literary giant, Lola Shoneyin. The stock was huge and impressive. I left with a copy of Children of the Revolution. I have always been open to African fiction besides those from my familiar terrain of Nigeria and South Africa. Once, I find one from other countries that suit my taste, I never hesitate.