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 […]

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 […]