We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest feature. Today our focus is books from Wilfried N’Sonde, Courttia Newland, Beaton Galafa, and Farrah Rochon.

Femme du Ciel Et Des Tempêtes, Wilfried N’Sonde

Publisher: Actes Sud
Publication Date: August 18, 2021
Genre: Literary fiction
Language: French
Where to find it: Actes Sud, Amazon

Wilfried N’Sonde

Wilfried N’Sonde
Wilfried N’Sonde

Born in 1968 in Brazzaville, Wilfried N’Sondé grew up in Île-de-France and lived in Berlin for twenty-five years. He now lives in Lyon. He is the author of five novels published by Actes Sud with the most well-known being Le Coeur des enfants leopards (English: The Heart of Leopard Children) (2007, Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie and Senghor Prize for literary creation) and Un ocean, deux mers, trois continents (2018), which has received ten literary prizes, including the Ahmadou Kourouma prize, the France Bleu / Page bookstore prize and the L’Express / BFMTV readers’ prize. His other books are Berlinoise (Actes Sud, 2015), Fleur de béton (Actes Sud, 2012), and Le Silence des esprits (Actes Sud, Paris, 2010).

Femme du Ciel Et Des Tempêtes (English: Woman of Heaven and Storms)

The burial place of a black-skinned queen, who slept under permafrost for over ten thousand years, has just been revealed to a shaman of the Nenets tribe on the Yamal Peninsula. Did the peoples of Siberia have ancestors from Africa? Determined to use his discovery to protect a natural territory threatened by gas exploitation, the shaman asks for help from a French scientist and friend, in the hope that he will be able to mobilize environmentalists around the world. The zoologist organized a rapid and discreet expedition, and asked for his support two young people as competent as they were idealists: a German-Japanese doctor of forensic medicine and an anthropologist of Congolese origin. A Russian mafioso and his henchman, who hold on to their industrial projects, are waiting for them firmly …In this thrilling adventure novel, Wilfried N’Sondé puts his ardor at the service of necessary themes – respect for nature, the harmony of humans and living things – and inspiring – the link, sharing and transmission between peoples, as well as communication between visible and invisible worlds.

The Dating Playbook, Farrah Rochon

Publisher: Headline Eternal
Publication Date: August 17, 2021
Genre: Romance
Language: English
Where to find it: Forever Yours, Amazon,

Farrah Rochon

USA Today Bestselling author Farrah Rochon hails from a small town just west of New Orleans. She has garnered much acclaim for her Holmes Brothers, New York Sabers, Bayou Dreams and Moments in Maplesville series. The two-time RITA® Award finalist has also been nominated for an RT BOOKReviews Reviewers Choice Award, and in 2015 received the Emma Award for Author of the Year.When she is not writing in her favorite coffee shop, Farrah spends most of her time reading, cooking, traveling the world, visiting Walt Disney World, and catching her favorite Broadway shows.

The Dating Playbook

What happens when three women discover, thanks to the live tweeting of a disastrous date, that they’ve all been duped by the same man? They become friends of course!

The dating game is on. And the rules just went out the window.

When it comes to personal training, Taylor Powell kicks serious butt. Unfortunately, her bills are piling up, rent is due, and the money situation is dire. Taylor needs more than the support of her new best friends, Samiah and London. She needs a miracle.

And Jamar Dixon might just be it. The oh-so-fine former footballer wants to get back into the NFL, and he wants Taylor to train him. There’s just one catch – no one can know what they’re doing. But when they’re accidentally outed as a couple, Taylor’s game plan is turned completely upside down. Is Jamar just playing to win…or is he playing for keeps?

The Body Is An Empty Vessel, Beaton Galafa

Publisher: Mwanaka Media and Publishing
Publication Date: August 18, 2021
Genre: Poetry Collection
Language: English
Where to find it: African Book Collective.

Beaton Galafa

Beaton Galafa
Beaton Galafa

Beaton Galafa is a Malawian writer of poetry, fiction and nonfiction. His works have appeared in Fourth & Sycamore, Stuck in the Library, Love Like Salt Anthology, 300K Anthology, Literary Shanghai, Mistake House Magazine, The Blue Tiger Review, Eunoia Review, Transcending the Flame, Every Writer’s Resource, Betrayal, The Seasons, Empowerment, The Elements, BNAP 2017 Anthology, BNAP 2018 Anthology, Better Than Starbucks, The Wagon Magazine, First Writer Magazine, The Bombay Review, Kalahari Review, The Maynard, Birds Piled Loosely, Atlas and Alice, South 85 Journal and elsewhere.

The Body Is An Empty Vessel

Here is poetry that is personal yet spreading to have its tentacles struggling to grip into other equally slippery facets of life. In brief, Beaton writes his poetry to assuage his personal feelings yet in so doing he ends up massaging our shared experience – as Malawians, Africans and just as humans. Beaton has observed, learnt, and is growing in the Malawian poetry space. Thus, he also comes to the stage bearing the Malawian influence on his poetry.

A River Called Time, Courttia Newland

Publisher: Akashic Books
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
Genre: Literary fiction
Language: English
Where to find it: Akashic Books, Amazon

Courttia Newland

Courttia Newland
Courttia Newland

Courttia Newland has written the books The Scholar (London: Abacus, 1997), Society Within (London: Abacus, 1999), Snakeskin (London: Abacus, 2002), The Dying Wish: A James and Sinclair Mystery (London: Abacus 2006), Music for the Off-Key: 12 Macabre Short Stories (London: Peepal Tree Press, 2006), The Global Village (2009), A Book of Blues (2011), and The Gospel According to Cane (2013).

He has been nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, the Alfred Fagon Award, the Frank O’ Conner Award and The Edge Hill Prize.

A River Called Time

The Ark was built to save the lives of the many, but rapidly became a refuge for the elite, the entrance closed without warning.

Years after the Ark was cut off from the world–a world much like our own, but in which slavery has never existed–a chance of survival within the Ark’s confines is granted to a select few who can prove their worth. Among their number is Markriss Denny, whose path to future excellence is marred only by a closely guarded secret: without warning, his spirit leaves his body, allowing him to see and experience a world far beyond his physical limitations.

Once inside the Ark, Denny learns of another with the same power, whose existence could spell catastrophe for humanity. He is forced into a desperate race to understand his abilities, and in doing so uncovers the truth about the Ark, himself, and the people he thought he once knew.