Talk at African Development Centre, Minneapolis

Fartumo will mark the launch of her new novel Tale of a Boon’s Wife with a talk at the African Development Centre, in Minneapolis.

This event is sponsored by: African Development Center, Multi-Care Counselling Services, Tusmo Times,
Somali National Television SNTV, and Jumbo Kitchen.

Time & Date
November 18th, 2017
2:00pm – 6:00pm

African Development Centre
1931 South 5th Street
Minneapolis, US

Mohamoud Hussein 612-501-9463

Press Release

Second Story Press
November 3, 2017
Tale of a Boon's Wife

Media Launch Hosted by Windsor International Writers

Windsor International Writers Conference is hosting a Media Launch with Fartumo Kusow, Author of Tale of a Boon’s Wife.

Also coming up in November, Windsor International Writers presents, Taste of Literature Book Club, with a book talk and meal based on themes of the book.  For more information and to purchase your ticket, click here

Time & Date
Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

The Twisted Apron
1833 Wyandotte St East

New Website Launch

Author Fartumo Kusow, announced today the launch of her new website.

This new website offers quick and easy access to information about Fartumo’s book, Tale of a Boon’s Wife, which is due for release next month. The website also includes a Blog for readers to stay up to date with Fartumo’s latest announcements and upcoming events, including a section featuring her short stories.

Visitors are encouraged to visit the website to learn more about the book, and how to pre-order your copy of Tale of a Boon’s Wife.

The Mogadishu Book Fair

September 13th – 15th, Fartumo had the pleasure of travelling to Somalia for The Mogadishu Book Fair, where she was a Guest alongside many other internationally acclaimed and homegrown Somali artists, writers, and performers.

The Mogadishu Book Fair promotes books, reading, culture and heritage by bringing together – from around the world – authors, scholars, poets, booksellers and exposing the public to a great mix of both Somali and international literature. The Fair also serves as an important marketplace for young up-and-coming authors to meet and liaise with leading and legendary authors.

In anticipation for the upcoming launch of Tale of a Boon’s Wife, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) held a reception following The Mogadishu Book Fair, which Fartumo had read excerpts from her book which was officially launched, followed by signing and beverages.

The event was a success honouring Somali culture and literature.


I had to get away more from my inablity to adjust than anything else. I left home as soon as I finished school, but I moved about unable to find a comfortbale place to rest, but my sprodic visits home reaffirmed why I had to go away.
“If moving ahead is just as difficult as staying, you might as well come back,” my mother said to me the last time I visited home.

Was that a month ago or longer? I can’t tell anymore, because my days and nights merged together in an entangled mess of nothingness, going from one location to another in this monster of a city. Yet, I couldn’t go back, not to the never ending work at home, not my lack of commitment. I knew I yearned the dirt under my feat and the hot sun above, still, I couldn’t bring myself to admit it had all been a mistake, the leaving has been for naught.
When I was nine years old, I suggested to my mother we forget the chores for one day and relax. Her sparkling brown eyes turned to me. She looked at me for what seemed like forever, as if she were debating what to say to me. At the ended she opted for her usual approach. She pretended I had said nothing.

For my mother, it’s not what she said, rather what she didn’t that defined her. Her day started before four in the morning and and continued well after sunset, the darkness of the night covering her weariness she pressed on. Her face covered with the creases of the un expressed thoughts, she worked quietly only uttering a word here and there to give instructions, or corrections. I attempted to elicit some words from her when I was young, but my questions were always met nothing more than a quick glance and smile at best to show how foolish I am for the asking. Soon enough, I learned it was to no avail and tried to adopt her approach of seeing words as a waste of time from the task at hand. I failed and left home because of it.

“I can’t come, not here, not like this.” I said as I prepared to leave. My mother said nothing and I couldn’t be sure if she’d heard me or not.
I left

Novel Release

It has been busy few months. It was September 2016 that the publisher, Second Story Press, offered to publish my first English language novel. I was excited and scared at the same time. This was a long time coming. I have been working on this novel since 2011. I have a full time teaching job, teaching at a secondary school. On top of that, I teach two nights a week as an adult education instructor. This is above and beyond caring for my mother with Alzheimers. Many people ask me where I find the time to write. My answer to that is, writing is where I go to escape. It is my place of comfort, to get away from the days that leave with exhaustion.

Signing the contract was thrilling, but with it came a lot of work. Major revisions needed to be done to meet fall release dateline. Although, I told the editor, the manuscript will be ready on time, I was scared often I wouldn’t be able to meet them at times. With the support of family and friends, I was able to keep up with it. I know there are mixture of exciting and challenging days ahead, I have all the support I need to get where I want to go. The novel, Tale of a Boon’s Wife is slated to be released in October 2017. It is available for pre-order now here

I stare at it the first time I saw it on the publisher’s website and I can’t believe it is happening. The whole thing feels so unreal. The days I feel overwhelmed with all the responsibility in front of me, I retreat to my work in progress, Winter of my Spring. The title is in working title too but it has nice sound to it, I think it will stick with the manuscript.