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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is the writer the world needs now. Credit: qz.com/EPA/University of California

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o: The Kenyan author who’s done more for literature than Bob Dylan, and should have won the Nobel Prize

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o did not win the Nobel Prize in Literature, yet again. For years, the Kenyan writer has topped the list of contenders at betting sites, rivaling Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami, or with the case this year, American novelist Don DeLillo.

"Looking for Transwonderland" Illustration by Rod Hunt

How to design book covers about Africa without falling into clichés

Yesterday, I wrote about the troubling visual clichés that seem to recur on the cover of every book about Africa: an acacia tree, a sunset, an arid plain.