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Welcome to the inaugural newsletter from The Indigo Press, an independent publisher of fiction and non-fiction.
We will be sending occasional newsletters to give you more information about our forthcoming titles—and to share extracts, publication day podcasts, event invitations and more.
This month, you can listen to a a playlist compiled by Zimbabwean novelist and journalist Panashe Chigumadzi's for her seismic debut entry in our 'Mood Indigo' essay series, These Bones Will Rise Again—the first book to respond to Zimbabwe's 'coup that was not a coup' and the ouster of Robert Mugabe in November 2017—taking listeners on a journey spanning more than 70 years of revolutionary music.
We're also delighted to announce the acquisition of two novels coming soon from The Indigo Press: Silence is My Mother Tongue by Sulaiman Addonia and Wonder Valley by Ivy Pochoda: novels set in unforgettable, vivid locations by two hugely talented writers.
And we go behind the scenes to examine art director Michael Salu's creative process to produce These Bones Will Rise Again's breathtaking book jacket, and share updates from our comrades-in-arms at Africa Writes, the Balham Literary Festival, Dulwich Books and Writers Centre Norwich.
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A leading writer of Zimbabwe’s ‘born-free’ generation reflects on the November 2017 ousting of Robert Mugabe, radically reframing the history of Zimbabwe to include the perspectives of workers, women and urban movements.
In November 2017 the people of Zimbabwe took to the streets in an unprecedented alliance with the military. Their goal, to restore the legacy of Chimurenga, the liberation struggle, and wrest their country back from over thirty years of Robert Mugabe’s rule.
In an essay that combines bold reportage, memoir and critical analysis, Zimbabwean novelist and journalist Panashe Chigumadzi reflects on the ‘coup that was not a coup’, the telling of history and manipulation of time and the ancestral spirts of two women – her own grandmother and Mbuya Nehanda, the grandmother of the nation.
Listen to a playlist curated by Panashe to accompany the publication of These Bones Will Rise Again, spanning more than 70 years of revolutionary music.
These Bones Will Rise Again
Available for £7.99 in paperback from all good booksellers on 14th June 2018, and as an eBook for £5.99
You can pre-order the book directly from The Indigo Press, plus Amazon, The Book Depository, Foyles and Waterstones
Visit Panashe Chigumadzi's website and follow her on Twitter, and read some of her recent work in The Washington Post and The New York Review of Books
We are delighted to announce the acquisition of two novels by devastatingly talented writers, which launch The Indigo Press' fiction list.
Both books will be published as beautiful enhanced trade paperback originals that will introduce these brilliant novelists to an international audience.
Wonder Valley (20th September 2018) is a noir literary thriller by Ivy Pochoda, named among the best books of the year by The Los Angeles Times and NPR and described by Michael Connelly as 'destined to be a classic L.A. novel'.
Silence is My Mother Tongue (4th October 2018) by Sulaiman S.M.Y. Addonia is an extraordinary portrait of a woman of courage and intelligence and a compelling story of exile, survival, and love and the powerful bonds formed in the crucible of life in a refugee camp.
Sulaiman Addonia's debut novel, The Consequences of Love, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and was translated into over twenty languages. Silence is My Mother Tongue is his second novel.
Ivy Pochoda is the critically-acclaimed author of The Art of Disappearing, Visitation Street and Wonder Valley, a Los Angeles Times and NPR Book of the Year, described as "a mesmerizing California novel" by Entertainment Weekly.
Meet the author
Panashe Chigumadzi will be in the UK in June 2018 to celebrate the publication of These Bones Will Rise Again.
You can book tickets to Panashe's book launch at the Balham Literary Festival: Introducing Panashe Chigumadzi, The Ballroom, Balham Bowls Club, on 14th June 2018.
Tickets to the launch event are £10 and include a copy of the book
Behind the scenes
'Inspired by the eternal spirit of Shona and the enduring strength of the black woman, riffing on the title and continuity of the spirits, regardless of which number Chimurenga' is how Michael Salu, director of SALU.io, the agency responsible for The Indigo Press's art direction, describes Spirits Stay Rising, the artwork which forms the centrepiece of our first book jacket.
You can buy a highly limited fine art print of Spirits Stay Rising on Michael's website
Panashe Chigumadzi will be appearing on the Zimbabwe panel at Africa Writes 2018, as part of an exciting line-up including Warsan Shire, Octavia Poetry Collective and a special opening performance of Yomi Sode's previously sold-out show COAT. More events are expected to be announced soon. Visit africawrites.org for further information.
There is a great line-up at this year's Balham Literary Festival, including events with bestselling authors Michael Ondaatje, AC Grayling, Holly Bourne, and Tim Marshall, author of the international bestseller, Prisoners of Geography. Visit balhamliteraryfestival.co.uk for further information.
Check out the latest book recommendations and events from the award-winning independent bookshop Dulwich Books, including May 30th's Stephen Bayley on Taste: The Secret Meaning of Things, an illumination of the nuances and niceties of our mercurial understanding of taste and examines how it has developed in relation to architecture, design, food and fashion.
Writers' Centre Norwich are hosting Worlds, the UK’s premier international literary symposium, in Norwich this June. Previous years have featured wonderful writers such as J.M. Coetzee, Jeanette Winterson and Teju Cole. The full line-up will shortly be announced on writerscentrenorwich.co.uk/worlds. Keep your eyes peeled, and follow WCN on Twitter so you don't miss out...