Henry Chakava to celebrate 70th birthday with book launch
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Henry Chakava to celebrate 70th birthday with book launch

Legendary Kenyan publisher Henry Chakava will celebrate his 70th birthday with the launch of his memoir Coming of Age: Strides in African Publishing. Henry Chakava who has often been called ‘the father of Kenyan publishing’ has been a colossus in African publishing for four decades. He started as an editor subsequently rose to managing director […]

A low Key World Book and Copyright Day 2016
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A low Key World Book and Copyright Day 2016

There was a bit a low key celebration of World Book and Copyright Day 2016 across the African continent from our investigation. World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day which is also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days is a yearly event on April 23rd, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural […]

The Gerald Kraak Award seeks your entries
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The Gerald Kraak Award seeks your entries

The Gerald Kraak Award and anthology is the latest one with a focus on the topics of gender, human rights and sexuality for a range of writing genres and photography. Gerald Kraak was a South African writer, grant-maker, film-maker, war resister and human rights activist who passed on in 2014. He was most well known in […]

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 […]