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 […]

Scholastique Mukasonga makes Los Angeles Times Book Prizes 2017 shortlist
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Scholastique Mukasonga makes Los Angeles Times Book Prizes 2017 shortlist

Scholastique Mukasonga’s Cockroaches is the running for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes 2017. The book has been translated into English from the French by Jordan Stump. U.S. newspaper the Los Angeles Times has awarded a set of annual book prizes since 1980. They have given prizes in many categories including biography, current interest, fiction, […]

A snapshot of The Gambia’s Mboka Festival of Arts Culture and Sport 2017
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A snapshot of The Gambia’s Mboka Festival of Arts Culture and Sport 2017

The first Mboka Festival of Arts, Culture and Sport took place in The Gambia from 7 – 17 January 2017. The guest headliner for the literary arm of events in Bajul was author Ngugi wa Thiong’o. The festival was founded by three people including Kadija George a literary activist, project arts manager and teacher/trainer. Then […]

Helen Oyeyemi wins PEN America Literary Award 2017
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Helen Oyeyemi wins PEN America Literary Award 2017

Helen Oyeyemi has won a PEN America Literary Award 2017. She has won the book for an exceptional book-length work of literature by an author of color published in 2016. A few weeks ago PEN America announced the finalists for the 2017 PEN America Literary Awards in several categories. This is a highly respected award […]

Elnathan John, Kinyanjui Kombani feature at Goethe Nairobi’s Literary Crossroads
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Elnathan John, Kinyanjui Kombani feature at Goethe Nairobi’s Literary Crossroads

Elnathan John and Kinyanjui Kombani were the featured guests at the Literary Crossroads event at the Goethe Institut Nairobi on February 16, 2017. The event was moderated by James Murua. Literary Crossroads: Conversations with African Writers is an event hosted by the Goethe Institut in the cities of Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi. The event sees […]

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 […]

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 […]