African books reimagined at Goethe Nairobi
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African books reimagined at Goethe Nairobi

It was a special time on Thursday evening with five African books reimagined by respected performers at the Goethe Nairobi. The performers were Mumbi Kaigwa, Patricia Kihoro, Aleya Kassim, Raya Wambui, and Maimouna Jallow  and the performed Marjorie Oludhe-Macgoye’s Coming to Birth, Zukiswa Wanner’s Maid In SA, Doreen Baingana’s Tropical Fish, Nadifa Mohamed’s The Orchid Of Lost […]

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 […]

African literary deliciousness in Nairobi, Joburg tonight
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African literary deliciousness in Nairobi, Joburg tonight

It’s all happening in Nairobi and Johannesburg as writers converge on their big towns for African literary deliciousness. Last night Niq Mhlongo unleashed his latest literary gem a short story collection called Affluenza to the world with a launch at Sakhumzi’s Restaurant on Vilakazi Street. We are hearing good things. If you know anyone who […]

Angola’s José Eduardo Agualusa makes Man Booker International 2016 shortlist
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Angola’s José Eduardo Agualusa makes Man Booker International 2016 shortlist

Angola’s José Eduardo Agualusa is one of the six writers on the just announced make Man Booker International 2016 shortlist. Agualusa who is the first Angolan to make the list is there for his book A General Theory of Oblivion which was translated from the Portuguese to English by Daniel Hahn. The Man Booker International […]

Scholastique Mukasonga makes International Dublin Literary Award 2016 shortlist
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Scholastique Mukasonga makes International Dublin Literary Award 2016 shortlist

Scholastique Mukasonga has made the International Dublin Literary Award 2016 shortlist. Also on that list is A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James who won the Man Booker Prize. Mukasonga’s novel Our Lady of the Nile is one of the 10 shortlisted for the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award sponsored by Dublin City Council and managed by […]

Egyptian novelist Ibrahim Abdelmeguid wins Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2016
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Egyptian novelist Ibrahim Abdelmeguid wins Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2016

Egyptian novelist Ibrahim Abdelmeguid got one of the biggest paydays in writing as he won a Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2016. The Sheikh Zayed Book Award is presented annually to Arab writers, intellectuals, publishers as well as young talent whose writings and translations of humanities have enriched Arab cultural, literary and social life. The award worth AE750,000 […]

Yewande Omotoso new novel sneak peaked
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Yewande Omotoso new novel sneak peaked

Yewande Omotoso new novel The Women Next Door has been sneak peaked on her social media channels. Yewande Omotoso has been featured a lot on this blog. Her debut novel Bom Boy which was on the shortlist of the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature was only bested by Noviolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names. The […]

Petina Gappah fails to make Bailey’s Women Prize for fiction 2016 Shortlist     
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Petina Gappah fails to make Bailey’s Women Prize for fiction 2016 Shortlist     

The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist has been announced today and our Petina Gappah is sadly missing on it. :’( The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction 2016 judging panel of lawyer and businesswoman Margaret Mountford, writer and journalist, Laurie Penny; award-winning author Elif Shafak, singer-songwriter and author Tracey Thorn and broadcast journalist, Naga Munchetty […]

Apply for Chimamanda Adichie’s Farafina Creative Writing Workshop 2016!
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Apply for Chimamanda Adichie’s Farafina Creative Writing Workshop 2016!

Chimamanda Adichie will be the lead at the Farafina Trust creative writing workshop in Lagos, Nigeria from June 21 to July 1, 2016.  She will be accompanied by Caine Prize-winning Kenyan writer, Binyavanga Wainaina, Aslak Sira Myhre and others. The workshop is sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc. Farafina Trust is a non-profit organization established to promote […]

Meet the Short Story Day Africa prize 2016 judges
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Meet the Short Story Day Africa prize 2016 judges

The judges for Short Story Day Africa for this year are Tendai Huchu , Sindiwe Magona, and Hawa Jande Golakai. Short Story Day Africa brings together writers, readers, booksellers, publishers, teachers and school children from all over the globe to write, submit, read, workshop and discuss stories. The whole point is something one can sign on […]