Sarah Ladipo Manyika is the author of the best-selling novel In Dependence (2009) and the multi-shortlisted novel Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun (2016), which have been translated into several languages. Her work has appeared in Granta, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and Transfuge, among others. She has served as Board Director for the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, and as Board Chair for the women’s writing residency Hedgebrook. She has been a judge for the Goldsmiths Prize, California Book Awards, Aspen Words Literary Prize, and chair of judges for the Pan-African Etisalat Prize. A San Francisco Library Laureate, Audie finalist, Mary Carswell MacDowell fellow, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, she was named one of the “100 Most Influential Africans” of 2022 by New African Magazine. Between Starshine and Clay: Conversations from the African Diaspora is her third book.