Sofia Samatar is a fantasy writer of (partly) Somali descent, whose first novel has just won the prestigious World Fantasy Award.

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Below is a link to the publisher's page with a summary of the plot. http://smallbeerpress.com/books/2013/04/…

She joins the increasingly large number of writers of colour in science fiction and fantasy.

A professor of English, she also edits the magazine "Interfictions: a journal of interfiction arts" (which sounds really interesting!), and her novel was written while she was teaching in South Sudan. And her name is very euphonic!

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Also; curse kinja for clumsy formatting.