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 […]

Writivism announces emerging writers to be molded for 2017 anthology
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Writivism announces emerging writers to be molded for 2017 anthology

Writivism has announced the 29 emerging writers who will take part in the 2017 mentoring programme. The writers come from ten African countries. Every year Writivism announces those who will be groomed to be the next generation of world beaters. In something that is starting to become a Writivism tradition, the mentors who would guide […]

Libyan, Egyptian make International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2017 shortlist
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Libyan, Egyptian make International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2017 shortlist

Libya’s Najwa Binshatwan and Egyptian author Mohammed Abdel Nabi are on the shortlist for International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2017. Mohammed Hasan Alwan, Najwa Binshatwan, Ismail Fahd Ismail, Elias Khoury, Mohammed Abdel Nabi and Saad Mohammed Rahim announced as the six authors shortlisted for the tenth International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) on 16 February […]

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 International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2017
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Six Africans make International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2017

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2017 have announced their longlist for this year’s best book in Arab writing this year and six Africans made the cut. They are Yassin Adnan, Najwa Binshatwan, Amir Tag Elsir, Abdul-Kareem Jouaity, Mohammed Abdel Nabi, and Youssef Rakha. The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) has today, Monday 16 […]

Egyptian Sawiris Award emerging-author shortlists made public
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Egyptian Sawiris Award emerging-author shortlists made public

The Sawiris Cultural Award 2016 has made public its shortlists for best novel, short-story collection, and best screenplay. The six shortlisted for the best-novel prize were: Ahmed El Fakharany, Alaa Farghali, Mohamed Rabie, Musfafa Musa, Nahla Karam, and Hadra Girgis. The Sawiris Cultural Award which is open to Egyptian nationals only is one of the […]

Adel Esmat Awarded the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature 2016
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Adel Esmat Awarded the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature 2016

Egyptian writer Adel Esmat was awarded the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature 2016 for his novel Hikayât Yûsuf Tadrus (The Tales of Yusuf Tadrus). The presentation was made at a ceremony in the American University in Cairo’s Oriental Hall on the Tahrir Square Campus. The Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature is a literary award for […]

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 […]

Alexandrina International Book Fair 2016 looking back
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Alexandrina International Book Fair 2016 looking back

The Alexandrina International Book Fair 2016 was hosted in Egyptian town of Alexandria for ten days from March 21st to April 3rd 2016. The festival which first run in 2002 was hosted in cooperation with the Egyptian Publishers Association. In parallel with the Book Fair, the organising committee and the Egyptian Publishers Association hosted a […]