We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest feature with books from Rachelle J. Gray, Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki, Orlando Taylor, Tuelo Gabonewe

Kingstown Burning by Rachelle J. Gray

Publisher: Ladygray Publishing
Publication Date: October 19, 2020
Genre: Fiction
Language: English
Where to find it: Amazon,

Rachelle J. Gray

Rachelle J. Gray
Rachelle J. Gray

Rachelle J. Gray is an Afro-Barbadian American communications specialist, creative consultant, writer, and founder of LadyGray Publishing. Her short story Sativa made the longlist of the 2021 Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival Elizabeth Nunez Award. A mother of one, and an auntie to many, Rachelle enjoys a good laugh and a spicy story. Living and working between Florida, Barbados, and Senegal, Kingstown Burning is her debut novel.

Kingstown Burning

Marley Cadogan, a socialite media personality, and her two bona fides-Nubya, a sought-after fashion designer, and I-Am, a spiritual herbalist-find themselves caught in the crossfire of a regional ganja war on the southern Caribbean island of Barbados.

Their journey spans across Barbadian gullies and ghettos, ultimately rolling into the limelight of Marley’s public world. Now she must question her loyalty to her beliefs, and with her squad, set out on a quest that will determine if there can be honor amongst thieves.

A lapse in judgment leads Judah, a strong, fiery soul, to move in the wrong direction. Now Judah is being hunted. His wife, Nubya, is discovered to be keeping secrets, and her best friend, Marley, seeks out an Obeah Man for protection, only to uncover a deeply buried truth.I-Am and her trigger-ready brother, Shotta Forward, gear up to disrupt the fragile harmony of the streets in a thrilling mix that moves along a mystical timeline on a tropical paradise. Marley, I-Am, and Nubya inadvertently discover what they are made of and are left to determine if that makes them heroes or villains.

Tshika Fa E Ya Baneng by Tuelo Gabonewe

Publisher: Geko Publishing
Publication Date: August, 2021
Genre: Fiction
Language: Setswana
Where to find it: Geko Publishing

Tuelo Gabonewe

Tuelo Gabonewe
Tuelo Gabonewe

Tuelo Gabonewe is a South African writer of English fiction. He has a hectic day job because he’s got bills to pay but his passion is and will always be in writing. The man hopes to go on to become the world’s greatest writer of all time. He is the author of two novels: Planet Savage and Sarcophagus.

Tshika Fa E Ya Baneng

Nana and her two children are left to fend themselves, when the family’s breadwinner dies suddenly at work. Despised and unloved by a community far-flung from everything Nana – somewhat frail and too old for her years – takes one final, drastic and fatal step to protect what remains of her family.

My Scars Are My Birthmark by Orlando Taylor

Publisher: Absolute Author Publishing House
Publication Date: August 13, 2021
Genre: Poetry
Language: English
Where to find it: Amazon,

Orlando Taylor

Orlando Taylor
Orlando Taylor

Orlando Taylor was born in St. Louis, MO. Growing up, he was fascinated with writing, science, reading, and this interest led to some early exposure to reading comic books, poetry, literature. Later, Orlando developed a passion for ideas that could be transformed into scripts for TV and film. In My Scars Are My Birthmark, Orlando explores the issues one might face in life and those common to the African American community.

These are the loves, relationships, and the fight to have a life of meaning in a country that wants to erase you. He writes in the hopes of informing his readers about black-experience like James Baldwin or Richard Wright and examines how these experiences collide as Octavia E. Butler. He has been featured in several anthologies of poetry.

He can also be reached on the website www.kuumbaconcepts.com

My Scars Are My Birthmark

In his book of poems and short stories, the new poet Orlando Taylor works to address trauma in his and that in the community where he grew up.

With powerful, moving wordplay, Orlando Taylor’s My Scars Are My Birthmark looks at the various types of love we experience, inter-relationships, and the fight for a relevant life as a black man in the USA. In these poems of life, the poet explores the definitions of love, the types of relationships we enter, and the war that goes on internally and externally in America for African Americans.

Written over the past two decades, these poems are emotionally and spiritually charged with the trauma of growing up black in the United States. At other times there are insights into the community he was born into. He addresses the issues he’s had to deal with such as violence in the black community, USA politics vs. black people, racism, otherism, black men feeling’s of inadequacy, the drug culture, domestic violence, being both black and SGL (same gender loving), and what family togetherness looks like. This new writer’s collection is powerful, with vibrant and moving wordplay, that calls out to you.

The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction (2021) edited by Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki

Publisher: Absolute Author Publishing House
Publication Date: September 28, 2021
Genre: Anthology, Speculative Fiction
Language: English
Where to find it: Amazon,

Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki

Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki
Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki

Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki is an award winning African speculative fiction writer and editor from Nigeria. He won the Nommo award for best short story by an African in 2019 and was longlisted for the Nommo award in 2020. He was awarded the Horror Writers Association diversity grant and has been a finalist in the Nebula, Locus, BSFA, BFA, Sturgeon, Nommo, and This Is Horror awards.

The Year’s Best African Speculative Fiction (2021)

The first ever Year’s Best African speculative fiction anthology with works from some of the most exciting voices, new and old, published in the 2020 year.

“Where You Go” by Somto O. Ihezue
“Things Boys Do” by Pemi Aguda
“Giant Steps” by Russell Nichols
“The Future in Saltwater” by Tamara Jerée
“The ThoughtBox” by Tlotlo Tsamaase
“The Parts That Make Us Monsters” by Sheree Renée Thomas
“Scar Tissue” by Tobias S. Buckell
“Ancestries” by Sheree Renée Thomas
“Breath of the Sahara” by Inegbenoise O. Osagie
“The Many Lives of an Abiku” by Tobi Ogundiran
“A Love Song for Herkinal as composed by Ashkernas amid the ruins of New Haven” by Chinelo Onwualu
“A Curse at Midnight” by Moustapha Mbacké Diop
“A Mastery of German” by Marian Denise Moore
“Are We Ourselves?” by Michelle Mellon
“When the Last of the Birds and the Bees Have Gone On” by C.L. Clark
“The Goatkeeper’s Harvest” by Tobi Ogundiran
“Baba Klep” by Eugen Bacon
“Desiccant” by Craig Laurance Gidney
“Disassembly” by Makena Onjerika
“The River of Night” by Tlotlo Tsamaase
“Egoli” by T.L. Huchu
“The Friendship Bench” by Yvette Lisa Ndlovu
“Fort Kwame” by Derek Lubangakene
“We Come as Gods” by Suyi Davies Okungbowa
“And This is How to Stay Alive” by Shingai Njeri Kagunda “The Front Line” by WC Dunlap
“Penultimate” by ZZ Claybourne
“Love Hangover” by Sheree Renée Thomas
“Red_Bati” by Dilman Dila