A snapshot of the International Book Fair of Casablanca 2017
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A snapshot of the International Book Fair of Casablanca 2017

The 23rd edition of the International Edition and Book Fair Casablanca run from February 9-19, 2017. It was ten days of book celebration, creativity and culture. While Morocco is firmly in the African continent, it hasn’t been famous as being the friendliest to its neighbours. The country has attempted to join the European Union in […]

Petina Gappah, Yaa Gyasi, Teju Cole for PEN USA literary awards 2017
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Petina Gappah, Yaa Gyasi, Teju Cole for PEN USA literary awards 2017

PEN America announced the finalists for the 2017 PEN America Literary Awards in several categories where US$315,000 is awarded. Those in the running include Petina Gappah, Teju Cole, Yaa Gyasi, Helen Oyeyemi, and Abdellatif Laâbi. PEN American hands out awards in very many categories of writing. The categories that interest us are the PEN/Jean Stein […]

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 […]

Nathacha Appanah , Leila Slimani make Prix Goncourt 2016 shortlist
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Nathacha Appanah , Leila Slimani make Prix Goncourt 2016 shortlist

Mautirius born Nathacha Appanah and Algerian born Leila Slimani are on France’s top literary prize the Prix Goncourt 2016 shortlist. The Prix Goncourt is a prize in French literature, given by the académie Goncourt to the author of “the best and most imaginative prose work of the year”. Four other prizes are also awarded: prix Goncourt du Premier Roman (first novel), prix […]

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Meet the Africans on the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2016 shortlist

Egyptian Mohamed Rabie and Morocco Tareq Bakari are the two Africans on the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2016 shortlist announced today. For those just hearing about this prize, The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is an annual literary prize run with the support of the Booker Prize Foundation in London and funded by the TCA […]

African literary festivals you can attend in 2016
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African literary festivals you can attend in 2016

What a year 2015 was where African literary festivals were concerned. A record number showcased some of the coolest people and their writing in various spaces around on this rock that we live on. It looks like it’s not letting up as there are very many events for this year. Here are some of the […]

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North Africans pepper International Prize for Arabic Fiction longlist

The International prize for Arabic fiction was set up in 2007 to address limited international availability of Arabic literature. The prize is one of the richest in writing in this part of the world as US$50,000 goes to the winner of the prize and shortlisted writers go home with US$10,000. The winner also gets translated […]