Joe Khamisi launches The Wretched Africans book
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Joe Khamisi launches The Wretched Africans book

Journalist, diplomat and former Member of Parliament Joe Khamisi launched his third book The Wretched Africans at the Goethe Institut in Nairobi on 7th April 2016. The Wretched Africans is a historical narrative about slavery in the nineteenth century. The book was launched as a moderated panel discussion with the author Joe Khamisi, Dr. Mshai Mwangola, […]

Abantu Book Festival announces December dates
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Abantu Book Festival announces December dates

The Abantu Book Festival is set to be hosted in Soweto, South Africa from 6-10 December 2016. The festival theme is “Imagining Ourselves into Being.” The Abantu Book Festival was founded as a healing project for black readers, writers, performers, scholars, publishers, booksellers, and abantu interested in literature, following the painful experience of existing in […]

Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for non-fiction 2016 longlist out
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Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for non-fiction 2016 longlist out

The longlist for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award for non-fiction 2016 in association with Porcupine Ridge has been announced. The Alan Paton Award which is 27 this year celebrates a book that presents “the illumination of truthfulness, especially those forms of it that are new, delicate, unfashionable and fly in the face of power”, […]

The Barry Ronge Fiction Prize 2016 Longlist out
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The Barry Ronge Fiction Prize 2016 Longlist out

The Barry Ronge Fiction Prize which was formerly the Sunday Times Fiction Prize have announced the long list of twenty five writers were announced yesterday. Some of the previous winners of the prize which is worth R100,000 are Sifiso Mzobe,  Imraan Coovadia, Ivan Vladislavic and Zakes Mda. Publishers from our most Southernmost nation have been hard at work and […]

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Chimamanda Adichie feature on Black Identity series
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Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Chimamanda Adichie feature on Black Identity series

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Chimamanda Adichie and Taiye Selasi feature in a new series that speaks about Black identity by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art is an art museum north of Copenhagen, Denmark that produce weekly videos on art, literature, music, design and architecture. Their Vimeo channel describes themselves as having, “videos on the arts, featuring […]

Golden Baobab Prize 2016 launches on International Children’s Book Day
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Golden Baobab Prize 2016 launches on International Children’s Book Day

The New Golden Baobab Prize launched on the International Children’s Book Day which was on Saturday 4nd April 2016. International Children’s Book Day is an annual event sponsored by the International Board on Books for Young People that was first celebrated in 1967. It is hosted on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, April 2. Andersen you […]

Shadreck Chikoti’s Imagine Africa 500 anthology out on April 30
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Shadreck Chikoti’s Imagine Africa 500 anthology out on April 30

The Imagine Africa 500 anthology featuring some of the continent’s leading names in speculative fiction this month. It will make its online debut on April 30. In November last year, I spoke about a workshop hosted by the Story Club in Malawi was facilitated by Billy Kahora, Jackee Batanda and Beatrice Lamwaka. Those at the workshop were […]