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Podcast: Taiye Selasi Reads from Ghana Must Go and Explains How Toni Morrison Pushed Her to Write

Ghana Must GoMichel Martin spoke to Selasi on NPR’s Tell Me More, Martin asked her about how she started writing, commenting that Taiye Selasi’s intimidating CV shows that she could have become a diplomat.

Selasi said that she’s known that she wanted to be a writer since she was four years old, saying that it was mostly out of fear that she went to Yale and didn’t study creative writing, then went to Oxford thinking she could channel her love of writing into journalism, “only to find that, as I think many creative people do, that the passion would not go quietly into that good night”.

Selasi read from her latest novel, Ghana Must Go, and discussed how the idea for the characters in the book had been in her head for a long time before she wrote them.

Selasi also spoke to Mary Carole McCauley from The Baltimore Sun, sharing the story of how Toni Morrison pushed her to write her first manuscript: “I went to Professor Morrison’s house, and she told me she’d give me a year to show her a manuscript. That deadline, for which I will be forever grateful, prompted me, inspired me and pushed me a little with fear to write “The Sex Lives of African Girls.”

Taiye Selasi’s debut novel has been in publication for less than a week. But even before a single copy was sold, the glamorous 33-year-old was being hailed as the newest star of the literary world.
Selasi’s publisher, The Penguin Group, is promoting “Ghana Must Go” big-time. Penguin describes the family saga as “one of the most eagerly anticipated debut novels of the year.”

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