Africa’s million-dollar manuscript
It was announced amid much fanfare this week that on March 15 2016, Imbolo Mbue’s debut novel, Behold the Dreamers, will finally be released. The novel is known as the million-dollar manuscript after rumours that US publisher Random House paid that to secure the rights. The story follows a “Cameroonian immigrant in New York”. He and his wife land jobs in the city and begin living the American Dream – until the financial collapse forces them to make major decisions.
For an African author to be published in Chinese is rare – but that’s what’s happening to Mandla Langa. The rights to The Texture of Shadows had been sold to a Chinese publisher less than a year after the novel’s SA release, Pan Macmillan announced this week. Set in 1989, the story follows the fortunes of freedom fighters and, in particular, their chaplain Nerissa Rodrigues. She is told to transport a sealed trunk to an unspecified location – ahead of Nelson Mandela’s release and possible peace for her country.
Jamaican model, actor, entrepreneur and notorious bachelor Stevel Marc can now add author to his CV. The Refined Player: Sex, Lies and Dates – a guide for “the gentleman who wants to be and do more for his woman” – was released this week by Jacana Media’s exciting new imprint BlackBird Books. Marc based the book on his intimate relationships with women, as well as the experiences of more than 800 men and women, to present an “understanding of dating in our modern world”.