Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Non Fiction 2017 longlist announced
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Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Non Fiction 2017 longlist announced

The Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Non Fiction 2017 longlist has been announced. Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Non Fiction was born last year as a prize for creative nonfiction based in Ghana. The prize named after one of Ghana’s finest citizens and worth US$500 was won by Accra, Ghana based yoga instructor […]

Writivism Short Story Prize 2017 longlist announced
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Writivism Short Story Prize 2017 longlist announced

Twenty African writers have made the cut for the Writivism Short Story Prize 2017 longlist announced earlier today. The Writivism Short Story Prize celebrates writers from the African continent of prose from the last year. The prize which was born on the back of the Writivism initiative in 2012 would give winners US$500 and more […]

African Speculative Fiction Society announces Nommo Awards 2017 contenders
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African Speculative Fiction Society announces Nommo Awards 2017 contenders

The African Speculative Fiction Society announced the contenders for the Nommo Awards 2017 on April 4, 2017. The writers announced are shortlisted for Best Novel, Best Novella, Best Short Story, and Best Graphic Novel, chosen from eligible works published in 2015 or 2016. The African Speculative Fiction Society, a new community of writers, editors, publishers […]

Throwback Thursday:  Zimbabwe writer and editor Yvonne Vera
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Throwback Thursday:  Zimbabwe writer and editor Yvonne Vera

In our continuing series Throwback Thursday, we cast a light on Zimbabwe author and Editor Yvonne Vera. Yvonne Vera who was born on September 19, 1964 and passed on  April 7, 2005 was an award-winning author from Zimbabwe. Her novels are known for their poetic prose, difficult subject-matter, and their strong women characters, and are […]

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 […]

Novuyo Tshuma, Percy Zvomuya and Kiprop Kimutai make Artists In Residency shortlist
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Novuyo Tshuma, Percy Zvomuya and Kiprop Kimutai make Artists In Residency shortlist

The Africa Centre announced its nominees for several residencies for many African artists for the Artists In Residency program. In literature, they have nominated Zimbabweans Novuyo Tshuma, Percy Zvomuya and Joyce Jenje Makwenda as well as Egyptian Amira Hanafi, Kenyan Kiprop Kimutai and South African Zinaid Meeran. The Africa Centre is an organisation whose core […]

A snapshot of the Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2016
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A snapshot of the Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2016

The Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2016 happened at the Harare Gardens from July 25 to 30. The theme of this year’s book fair was “Igniting Interest in Reading for Sustainable Development”. The official opening ceremony was presided over by Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Dr. Lazarus Dokora on July 27 and as you would […]

Petina Gappah honoured by Harare City Library
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Petina Gappah honoured by Harare City Library

The Harare City Library honoured Petina Gappah, one of the most well-known African writers in recent times, by naming its children section after her. Gappah is famous her smashing debut short story collection An Elegy For Easterly (our review) and her sophomore offering a novel The Book of Memory. In the last few years, Petina […]