Sofia Samatar is a fantasy writer of (partly) Somali descent, whose first novel has just won the prestigious World Fantasy Award.
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!
Also; curse kinja for clumsy formatting.