Chimamanda Adichie announces cancellation of Farafina Trust Workshop 2017
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Chimamanda Adichie announces cancellation of Farafina Trust Workshop 2017

The Farafina Trust Workshop 2017 will not be happening its founder Chimamanda Adichie has said in a statement. This happened after its main sponsor Nigerian Breweries abruptly withdrew its patronage. Farafina Trust is a non-profit organization established to promote reading, writing, a culture of social introspection and engagement with society through the literary arts. One […]

Zakes Mda and Greg Marinovich win Sunday Times Literary Awards 2017
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Zakes Mda and Greg Marinovich win Sunday Times Literary Awards 2017

Zakes Mda and Greg Marinovich are the winners of the Sunday Times Literary Awards 2017. The Sunday Times Literary Awards are composed of two awards, fiction and non-fiction, given by the South African newspaper The Sunday Times worth R100,000 to the winners. The awards are the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize (formerly Sunday Times Fiction Prize […]

Algerian Author Dihia Louiz Dies at 32
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Algerian Author Dihia Louiz Dies at 32

The Algerian novelist and poet Dihia Louiz (also Dihya Lwiz, whose given name was Louiza Aouzelleg) died on Friday, following an illness. The 32-year-old author, who died on the anniversary of fellow Algerian novelist Assia Djebar’s birth, was in her hometown of Bejaia. Louiz first caught critics’ attention five years ago, at just twenty-six, with […]

Jennifer Makumbi Nansubuga, Okwiri Oduor feature at Goethe Nairobi’s Literary Crossroads
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Jennifer Makumbi Nansubuga, Okwiri Oduor feature at Goethe Nairobi’s Literary Crossroads

Jennifer Makumbi Nansubuga and Okwiri Odour were the featured guests at Literary Crossroads hosted at the Goethe Institut in Nairobi on June 29, 2017. Literary Crossroads is a series that brings together African writers on the continent and from the diaspora to discuss contemporary trends and themes in literature. Writers from outside Kenya are paired […]

Tierno Monénembo wins Grand Prix de la Francophonie 2017
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Tierno Monénembo wins Grand Prix de la Francophonie 2017

Guinee’s Tierno Monénembo is the recipient of the Grand Prix de la Francophonie 2017, the most prestigious award of the French Academy, for his body of work. The Grand Prix de la Francophonie, awarded by the International Foundation, was set up by the Canadian Government in 1986 to recognise “the work of a French-speaking physical […]

Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 wins Germany’s International Literature Prize 2017
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Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 wins Germany’s International Literature Prize 2017

Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s debut novel Tram 83 is the winner of this year’s German International Literature Prize 2017. He receives it with his translators Katharina Beyer and Lena Müller. The International Literature Award is given annually by Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the foundation Elementarteilchen, for international prose translated into German for the […]

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Okwiri Oduor for Literary Crossroads in Goethe Nairobi
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Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Okwiri Oduor for Literary Crossroads in Goethe Nairobi

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Okwiri Oduor are the featured guests at the Literary Crossroads at the Goethe Nairobi on Thursday June 29, 2017. Literary Crossroads is a series that brings together African writers on the continent and from the diaspora to discuss contemporary trends and themes in literature. Under this project, the Goethe-Institut invites writers […]

Miles Morland Writing Scholarship 2017 seeks your entries
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Miles Morland Writing Scholarship 2017 seeks your entries

The Miles Morland Writing Scholarship 2017 opens its entries for entries on June 30. The entry period ends on Tuesday October 31st. The Miles Morland Foundation based out of London, UK first came to the notice of many in the African literary scene when they supported many initiatives across the continent. They helped fund literary […]