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by Rakesh We're bringing out a new, expanded edition of Dr. Cherrie Lalnunziri Chhangte's Mizo Myths next month! You can pre-order now for 25% off!! The new edition contains 9 new stories, for a total of 15. It's got a fabulous new cover illustration by New York-based Mizo artist Alyssa Pachuau, who has been doing amazing work bringing alive the various mythological creatures of her homeland in brilliant colour. We went back and forth with Cherrie a bit about whether "Myths" or "Folktales" was a better descriptor for these stories: in truth, there are a few of each, and some that straddle...

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Balaraba Ramat Yakubu, Events -

Exciting short-notice announcement: We have an online event on Saturday 4 PM: a meet-the-writer with Nigerian screenwriter and novelist Balaraba Ramat Yakubu, author of Sin Is a Puppy That Follows You Home.   She is in Delhi at the moment--unfortunately, it was a bit too last minute to set something up at a bookstore, so we're doing it online!Yakubu writes in Hausa, spoken by about 40 million people in West Africa. Among indigenous African languages, it's got one of the most thriving publishing industries--as well as a film industry, called Kannywood (after Kano, the cultural capital of the region.) She has been at...

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Friends in Bengaluru! We are having A Blaftish Evening at Atta Galatta on the 24th of June. At 6.00pm, we kick off with author Kuzhali Manickavel in video conversation with the Booker Award-winning translator of Geetanjali Shree's Tomb of Sand, Daisy Rockwell. At 8.00pm, we have Rakesh Khanna, co-author of Ghosts, Monsters, and Demons of India, in conversation with horror writer P.S. Nissim. Do come, and please spread the word. Thanks!

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It's our 15th anniversary this week, and to celebrate, we're offering 15% everything on our website! Use the discount code BLAFT15 at checkout. (Through May 15th.) Also, if you shop for ₹1500 or more, we'll send you a set of 5 Kumari Loves a Monster postcards and a few funky bookmarks.  

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Hello friends! Today's blogpost concerns a cryptid/mythological demon-creature from Australia called the bunyip. A bunyip is a huge amphibious monster from Aboriginal mythology that is supposed to live in swamps. The word is probably derived from the Wemba-Wemba language, from the southeast of Australia. Descriptions vary widely -- you can read lots of different stories in detail at the Wikipedia page -- but it's generally thought that they "can swim swiftly with fins or flippers, have a loud, roaring call, and feed on crayfish, though some legends portray them as bloodthirsty predators of humans, particularly women and children. Bunyip eggs are allegedly...

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