Recommended Books & Publications

POWDER NECKLACE: A NOVEL

BY NANA EKUA BREW-HAMMOND

To protect her daughter from the fast life and bad influences of London, her mother sent her to school in rural Ghana. The move was for the girl’s own good, in her mother’s mind, but for the daughter, the reality of being the new girl, the foreigner-among-your-own-people, was even worse than the idea.

During her time at school, she would learn that Ghana was much more complicated than her fellow ex-pats had ever told her, including how much a London-raised child takes something like water for granted. In Ghana, water “became a symbol of who had and who didn’t, who believed in God and who didn’t. If you didn’t have water to bathe, you were poor because no one had sent you some.”

Price: US$ 14.99 (Kindle), US$ 19.99 (Paperback)

Available on Amazon

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SANDPAPER TONGUE, PARCHMENT LIPS
BY MELANIE HYO-IN HAN.

Melanie Hyo-In Han's first poetry chapbook, Sandpaper Tongue, Parchment Lips, is a collection of poetry based on her experiences as a TCK (Third Culture Kid) growing up in East Africa and facing struggles around identity and racism, as well as cultural and linguistic barriers between her and her family.

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As a TCK (Third Culture Kid), the inspiration behind her poetry comes from her own childhood experiences and an exploration of identity, belonging, and culture through the use of fragmented form and inclusion of multiple languages. She also writes nonfiction and does translation work between English, Spanish, and Korean. During her free time, Han enjoys visiting new countries and trying different ethnic foods with her husband.

Price: US$ 14.99 (Paperback)

Available on FinishingLinePress

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SOD ’EM – AND TOMORROW
BY DES MANNAY.

Des Mannay’s debut poetry collection explodes with a ferociously tender no to a country managing cruelty and normalising a world where the poor and sick are genteelly disappeared. Mannay’s greatest poetry, like ‘And the Dead Shall Rise’, emerges through many histories deep to blast elegy through the mine-buried, torn up by fracking. This is the real right thing.

Price: GBP 12.00 (Paperback)

Available on Waterloo Press

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BURNING FURIOUSLY BEAUTIFUL

BY STEPHANIE NIKOPOULOS & PAUL MAHER JR.

The True Story of Jack Kerouac's "On the Road."

 

Fueled by coffee and pea soup, Jack Kerouac speed-typed "On the Road" in just three weeks in April 1951. He'd been traveling America for the past ten years and now, at last, the furious energy of his experiences flowed through his fingertips in a mad rush, pealing forth on a makeshift scroll that he laboriously taped together. The "On the Road scroll" has since become a literary legend, and now "Burning Furiously Beautiful" sets the record straight, uncovering, among other things, the true story behind one of America's greatest novels. "Burning Furiously Beautiful" explores the real lives of the key characters of the novel. Ride along on the real-life adventures through 1940s America that inspired "On the Road." By tracing the evolution of Kerouac's literary development and revealing his startlingly original writing style, this book explains how it took years-not weeks-to ultimately write the seemingly sporadic 1957 novel, "On the Road."

Price: US$ 19.95 (Paperback)

Available on Amazon

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VALIANT SCRIBE LITERARY JOURNAL 1
LIFE IN THE TIME OF COVID

In a span of a few months, life, as we knew it was upended as humanity tried to and continues to cope with the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. In these times of economic, and medical upheaval, of quarantine, and self-isolation, of fear, and faith, the maiden issue of Valiant Scribe explores the experiences of people from around the world and from different walks of life.


The collection of essays, flash fiction, non-fiction, and poetry tell a compelling story of our shared humanity and how we have each made the best of this situation.


Themes of courage, strength, kindness, reinvention, become evident amidst moments of loss and grief. The importance of mental health can easily be surmised from the narrative of many of the authors as well as a profound hope for the future.

Price: US$ 24.99 (Paperback)

Available on Amazon

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AWAITING DAWN: ECHOES OF A HAUNTED SOUL

BY DEBRA AYIS

A contemporary collection of poetry in question of our existence.

'Awaiting Dawn: Echoes of a Haunted Soul' is a mix of everything that keeps our hearts beating and our souls alive. It touches on existential issues that pervade society, from depression and loneliness to the joys of self-discovery and starting afresh. It looks at hope and contentment while challenging us to be unsatisfied with the status quo. 


It tackles social justice issues briefly by investigating themes of education for girls (gender parity), sexual violence, migration, incarceration, disaster, and poverty while exploring the evolving landscape of women’s empowerment in today's world. It also seeks to explore our responsibility to mother earth and delve into our relationship with the creator.

Price: US$ 9.99 

Available on Amazon

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THOUGHTS AND MEMORIES: A COLLECTION OF POETRY

BY DEBRA AYIS

'Thoughts and Memories' is an eclectic collection of poems. The collection reflects the yearning of the Christian heart and the struggles a believer encounters on a day to day basis. These are poems of encouragement and poems as prayers. It calls to believers and non-believers alike to dive deeper into their relationship with the creator.

Though most of these poems were originally written for an African audience – Nigerian to be specific, nonetheless, this book has a poem for everyone; it crosses cultural barriers by bringing to life the realities we face every day and the circumstances constantly surrounding us as individuals.

Price: US$ 9.99

Available on Amazon

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DANCING AROUND THE TRUTH

BY CHRISTINE JACOBSEN

In the winter of 2016, after sending her DNA to Ancestry.com to be tested, Christine Jacobsen confirmed the secret her mother had half-revealed fifty years earlier: The White man who had raised her was not her biological father. Christine was not of full Danish descent after all. Instead, she discovered that a quarter of the blood flowing through her veins is West African. Her sense of self immediately crumbled. Who was she? Who was her biological father? Did the father who raised her, now deceased, know about this? Her search for identity led her to a Black dancer from the Bahamas. In fact, it led her to two Black dancers – her father and grandfather. In Dancing Around the Truth, the author grapples with questions about race, her family, and a sense of belonging. It’s the story of her quest to find her ancestral roots. And it’s the story about a White woman’s reckoning with the Black part of herself.

Price: US$ 5.19 (Kindle), US$ 12.99 (Paperback)

Available on Amazon

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