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Piggy Boy’s Blues adopted at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee.

BlackBird Books is delighted to announce that Piggy Boy's Blues by Nakhane Touré has been adopted for the spring 2017 course ‘The Contemporary African Novel’ at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. The good news was announced after Touré found out he is part of the longlist for the Etisalat Prize for Literature 2016.

Known for his music, SAMA award-winning musician Touré has changed tune with the release of his debut novel, Piggy Boy’s Blues. The novel, which has been described as reading fragments of a recurring dream, centres on the disastrous consequences of a man’s return to his Eastern Cape home town of Alice. Touré’s work is poetic with sensuous prose.


“Rendered in exquisite prose that guides readers through the devastating knots of past and possibility. Nakhane Touré’s debut novel is magic. Piggy Boy’s Blues is a tour de force.”
- Pumla Dineo Gqola


“It is a brave, beautifully written, literary novel.”
- Charl Blignaut, City Press


“Poetically and lyrically written, Nakhane Touré’s first novel is something of a curiosity …”
- Margaret von Klemperer, The Witness


“… writes with articulacy of top literature masters …”
- Genevieve Vieira, The Citizen