COURTTIA NEWLAND’S first novel, The Scholar, was published in 1997. Further critically acclaimed works include Society Within, Snakeskin, The Dying Wish, Music for the Off-Key, and A Book of Blues. He is coeditor of IC3: The Penguin Book of New Black Writing in Britain and has had short stories featured in many anthologies. He was nominated for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the CWA Dagger in the Library Award, the Alfred Fagon Award, and the Frank O’Connor Award. His latest anthology, coedited with Monique Roffey, is Tell Tales 4: The Global Village, and his latest novel is The Gospel According to Cane.
In celebration of the release of Black History Month, our Black History Digit includes excerpts from our two February Releases—Nowhere Is a Place by Bernice L. McFadden and The Gospel According to Cane by Courttia Newland—along with Chris Abani’s Becoming Abigail and Kola Boof’s The Sexy Part of the Bible.