Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Panashe Chigumadzi for University of Iowa Writing Residency
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Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Panashe Chigumadzi for University of Iowa Writing Residency

The University of Iowa has announced the next group of participants in the 2017 edition of its legendary writing residency. The University of Iowa International Writing Program, which was born in 1967, allows writers from all over the world with time, in a setting congenial to their efforts, for the production of literary work. The […]

Algerian Author Dihia Louiz Dies at 32
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Algerian Author Dihia Louiz Dies at 32

The Algerian novelist and poet Dihia Louiz (also Dihya Lwiz, whose given name was Louiza Aouzelleg) died on Friday, following an illness. The 32-year-old author, who died on the anniversary of fellow Algerian novelist Assia Djebar’s birth, was in her hometown of Bejaia. Louiz first caught critics’ attention five years ago, at just twenty-six, with […]

Throwback Thursday: Algerian novelist, translator and filmmaker Assia Djebar
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Throwback Thursday: Algerian novelist, translator and filmmaker Assia Djebar

In our continuing series Throwback Thursday where we shining a light on some of the best writers from a time gone by we focus on Assia Djebar. Assia Djebar was the pen name of Fatima-Zohra Imalayen, an Algerian novelist, translator and filmmaker. Djebar, who was born on 30 June 1936, was known for her commitment […]

African literary festivals you can attend in 2017
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African literary festivals you can attend in 2017

Here is a list of African literary festivals you can attend in 2017. 2016 promised and delivered to literary feast of festivals in all corners of the continent. Writers and readers met and interacted in many different venues in many types of environments. Some like Abantu Book Festival were new while the older ones like […]

Six Africans make the Dublin International Literary Award 2017 longlist
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Six Africans make the Dublin International Literary Award 2017 longlist

Five Africans Mia Couto, Kamel Daoud, Yasmina Khadra, Chigozie Obioma, José Eduardo Agualusa, and Alaa Al Aswany made the Dublin International Literary Award 2017 longlist of 147. The Dublin International Literary Award is an international literary award awarded each year for a novel written in English or translated into English. It aims to promote excellence […]