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Live web chat: Taiye Selasi


This week's live web chat is with Taiye Selasi, author of hit debut novel Ghana Must Go.

Taiye was born in London and raised in Massachusetts. She holds a B.A. in American studies from Yale and an M.Phil. in international relations from Oxford.

Her first published work, a 2005 essay called Bye Bye Babar (Or: What Is An Afropolitan?), captured the zeitgeist and coined the label by which a generation of young, educated and well-travelled Africans defined themselves.

Later that year Taiye wrote her stage first play, which was produced by Toni Morrison's niece Avery Willis. Toni Morrison herself then agreed to mentor Taiye and gave her a year to write her first short story, The Sex Lives Of African Girls, published in 2006.

Taiye's debut novel Ghana Must Go tells the story of a modern family spread across different continents, in a sweeping narrative that draws from her own background.

Rights to the book were snapped up and it has already been translated into 15 languages, landing Taiye a place on Granta’s list of the best young British novelists and attracting eminent fans such as Salman Rushdie.

Are you an aspiring author? Or do you want tips on forming character and storyline, or how to get your book published? Whatever your question, join our live web chat with Taiye this Friday at 1pm in the comments section below.

Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi is out now in hardback (£14.99, Viking)



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