The contents of Issue 5: the book Walking on Cowrie Shells by Nana Nkweti, the ode to the book by Karen Russell, a bookmark and two postcards.

“She is doing something brave and new, consciously rejecting the templated tales to channel a polyphony of voices, in prose surefooted and soaring, playful and heartbreaking, satirical and bewitching, supersaturated with her unique perspective and nova-like intelligence. It’s a fusion of cultures, genres, and idioms—it’s also a sheer joy to read, music rocketing into the bloodstream, energy sheeting from the page.”

The fifth issue of Manzanita Papers, released January 2022. Karen Russell recommended Nana Nkweti’s Walking on Cowrie Shells