Rémy Ngamije seals international publishing deal for his debut novel The Eternal Audience of One
The Eternal Audience of One was published in South Africa in June 2019 by BlackBird Books and will be published in the US by Scout Press, an imprint of Simon and Schuster.
Ngamije is a Rwandan-born Namibian writer, photographer, graphic designer and English educator living and working in Windhoek. He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Doek!, Namibia’s first literary magazine, and was recently shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing.
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BlackBird Books is proud to announce that the English rights for The Eternal Audience of One, Rémy Ngamije’s debut novel, have been sold to Scout Press, an imprint of Simon and Schuster in the United States.
The Eternal Audience of One follows the life of Seraphin Turihamwe, a young man whose life is characterised by movement. After leaving Rwanda under duress and never feeling at rest in Namibia, which he believes is slow and boring, he finds himself fighting to fit in in Cape Town. So much about the city is designed to push people like him out. Through his interactions with a few reluctant mentors, loyal friends, and the women he carries on relationships with, he explores and performs different parts of his identity while dealing with other issues of family, race, immigrant life and love.
On the opportunity to have his work available worldwide Ngamije says:
‘I am thrilled to be able to share this story with the wider world.
‘Being a BlackBird Books author has been an enriching experience. It has driven home the importance of African writers being discovered by African publishers. Without Thabiso Mahlape’s vision, determination, and energy this milestone would not have been reached.’
Our mission at BlackBird Books is to be a launchpad for brilliant African writers starting out on their writing careers and we are especially proud of Ngamije.
This move comes from the dedication and care put in by Cecile Barendsma of Cecil B Literary Agency, the title’s representative. We are eternally grateful for her hard work in marketing and promoting this work.