Right on the heels of a big score for African literature with Oprah’s book club pick comes a Publishers Weekly report that publisher HarperCollins has signed Nigerian author E.C. Osondu to a two-book deal. Book agent Tim Duggan took North American rights to a short story collection, called Voice of America, and a novel, called This House Is Not for Sale, by the Providence College professor who won the Caine Prize for African Writing and has a Syracuse University M.F.A. The short story collection follows a variety of characters moving between Nigeria and the U.S., and Duggan described the novel as “a multigenerational saga centered around a Nigerian king and his court in Lagos.”

A two-book deal! Do you think African literature is becoming mainstream? The short-story wins again.

E.C. Osondu is known for his short stories. He is the winner of the 2009 Caine Prize, for which he was a finalist in 2007, for his story “Waiting.” Osondu’s stories have been published in Agni, Guernica, Vice, and Fiction.

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