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World Book Day 2018

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It's World Book and Copyright Day, the global celebration to promote the enjoyment of books and reading. Ever wondered why the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) chose April 23 as the day to celebrate books?

"On 23 April 1616, two giants of world literature died, two precursors whose work would revolutionize the way fiction was conceived and written: Cervantes and Shakespeare. This coincidence is why 23 April was chosen to be World Book and Copyright Day," writes Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General in her 2018 Message on World Book and Copyright Day

To mark the occasion each year on 23 April, UNESCO and international organizations representing the three major sectors of the book industry - publishers, booksellers, and libraries, select a city as the World Book Capital until 23 April of the following year.

Conakry, Guinea was UNESCO World Book Capital City April 23, 2017- April 22, 2018.

From April 23, 2018, to April 22, 2019, …

Pre-Election 411: Red, Green, Blue, and Happiness

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The  March 7 election in Sierra Leone is definitely one event Sierra Leoneans are watching for in the first half of 2018.

While there's probably nothing more important than who gets to rule the small West African nation for the next five years, there's something else that will hit the Richter scale.

Aminatta Forna's newest novel will launch March 2018 in the United States (Atlantic Monthly Press). For readers in Britain, the book will be available in  April from Bloomsbury UK.

Aminatta was born in Scotland, raised in Sierra Leone and Britain. She is the award-winning author of the novels The Hired Man, The Memory of Love and Ancestor Stones, and a memoir The Devil that Danced on the Water.

The Times of London calls Aminatta "an unsparing chronicler of human vices."

Happiness, her new novel, is about how a chance meeting of Attila, a Ghanaian psychiatrist, and Jean, an American studying the habits of urban foxes, on Waterloo Bridge, London, span out and interweave, br…