By Kenechi Uzor—

A. Igoni Barrett is a writer many would love to meet—if they can find him. Mr. Barrett respects his privacy and seems to have a Do Not Disturb sign on his forehead. However, with the recent publication of his novel, Blackass, A. Igoni Barrett is fully out; you may approach now. Take a full dose of this writer now that the Do Not Disturb Sign is off. If you are new to his writings and mind, begin with his 2005 BBC short story award-winner, “Phoenix.” Move on to his short story in Guernica and this one in AGNI, and then this one in Kwani? Find out how he became a writer from this article he wrote in The Millions, and read his interview with us and this one in Granta.

Igoni Barrett has written two short story collections, the last being the acclaimed 2013 Love is Power or Something Like That reviewed here and here. Blackass is his debut novel and it’s been reviewed here and here and here. Buy this book for an overdose of A. Igoni Barrett.

Kenechi Uzor is Saraba Magazine’s web editor