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 […]

Cosmos Book Club features Kinyanjui Kombani’s The Last Villains of Molo
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Cosmos Book Club features Kinyanjui Kombani’s The Last Villains of Molo

Event: Cosmos Book Club features Kinyanjui Kombani’s The Last Villains of Molo Date: Saturday January 7th 2017 Time: 14:00–16:00hrs. Venue: Cosmos Coffee House, Highwayy Mall, Mombasa Road (opposite Nyayo Stadium). In The Last Villains of Molo, Kinyanjui Kombani in his debut novel speaks about the tale of Kenya that we hear about in hushed conversations […]

Elnathan John for Nairobi in February 2017 #ElnathanInNairobi
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Elnathan John for Nairobi in February 2017 #ElnathanInNairobi

Nigerian writer Elnathan John has announced that he will be doing an official tour of Nairobi in February 2017. Elnathan John is not a new name for many followers of African literature. He has been twice nominate for the Caine Prize for African writing in 2013 and in 2015. His first nomination brought some drama […]

Mgqolozana, Mabanckou, Golakai make New African’s 100 Most Influential Africans 2016 List
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Mgqolozana, Mabanckou, Golakai make New African’s 100 Most Influential Africans 2016 List

The New African’s 100 most influential Africans list 2016 include a healthy number of those in the book business from all corners of the continent. The fill list was done with the help of guest editor Bibi Bakare-Yusuf and includes Alain Mabankou. Hawa Jande Golakai, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, Roye Okupe, Thando Mgqolozana, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, […]

Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize 2016 winners announced
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Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize 2016 winners announced

The Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature 2016 Supported by ALAF Limited winners have been announced. They are Idrissa Haji Abdalla and Hussein Wamaywa for prose and Ahmed Hussein Ahmed for poetry. The Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature was founded in 2014 by Dr. Lizzy Attree (Caine Prize Director) and Dr. Mukoma […]

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 […]

Morland Writing scholarships 2016 winners announced
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Morland Writing scholarships 2016 winners announced

The Morland Writing scholarships 2016 winners have been announced and they are Abdul Adan (Somalia), Ayesha Harruna Attah (Ghana), Lidudumalingani Mqombothi (South Africa), and Nneoma Ike-Njoku (Nigeria). The Judges for this year were, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, the Chair, accompanied by Olufemi Terry and Muthoni Garland. “We were especially concerned this year to choose scholars whose proposals […]

Nadifa Mohamed to facilitate Iceland Writers Retreat 2017
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Nadifa Mohamed to facilitate Iceland Writers Retreat 2017

Nadifa Mohamed will facilitate the Iceland Writers Retreat 2017; one of her wards will be Kenyan writer Peter Ngila. So you’ve heard of the great writers from Iceland like Gunnar Gunnarsson, Bobby Fischer, Sjón, Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, and Snorri Sturluson right? Nothing? Well you might not have heard of them but they are kinda famous in […]

Caine Prize for Africa Writing 2017 judges announced
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Caine Prize for Africa Writing 2017 judges announced

The Caine Prize 2017 judges have been announced and they are led by award winning author, poet and, editor Nii Ayikwei Parkes. He will be joined by Monica Arac de Nyeko, Professor Ricardo Ortiz, Ghazi Gheblawi, and Dr Ranka Primorac. The applications for the Caine Prize for Africa Literature will be closing on 31st January […]