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Open Book Cape Town festival 2015 for September

The Open Book literary festival which happens ever years in Cape Town, South Africa will this year happen from 9-13 September. This is one of the fastest growing festivals on the planet as the first one was only held in 2011. This years festival organisers have already started signing some very cool writers for those […]

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Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond and Hawa Jande Golakai books now in Nairobi

Hawa Jande Golakai and Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond are two West African writers whose books are available in Nairobi’s Bookstop Bookshop. Golakai is a Liberian writer whose debut novel The Lazarus Effect has been doing very well in the African literature scene. The novel follows the exploits of investigative reporter Voinjama “Vee”Johnson in Cape Town, South Africa […]

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Kenyan Writer Ngugi Wa Thiong’o Among Favorites to Win 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature

The Nobel Prize in Literature, awarded by the Swedish Academy, is given annually to an author who, in the words of the will of Alfred Nobel, produced “in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction.” Although some individual literary works have been considered noteworthy, Nobel’s use of the word work […]

Jalada Africa fourth anthology coming; send in your submissions
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Jalada Africa fourth anthology coming; send in your submissions

JA 04: The Language Issue the fourth anthology from Jalada Africa is now in the works and you sire/madam are being asked to give your submission. This new anthology follows in the wake of Sketch of a bald woman in the semi-nude and other stories, Sext Me poems and stories and Afrofuture (2). This new anthology […]

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Hargeysa International Book Fair 2015 in August

The Hargeysa International Book Fair will be happening this year in Hargeysa, Somaliland from 1-6 August and the theme is “Spaces.” The guest country will be Nigeria. The fair looks at all the spaces that are around us. These are all the spaces be they physical, spiritual, cultural, political, social, personal, space within the community, space […]

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A review of Eghosa Imasuen’s Fine Boys

Book: Fine Boys Author: Eghosa Imasuen Publisher: Farafina Year of publication: 2011 Number of pages: 350 Fine Boys, published by Farafina, is the second book from Nigerian writer Eghosa Imasuen. His first book as called To Saint Patrick. His new offering tells the tale of Ewaen a medical student at the University of Benin. He […]

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Phillippa Yaa de Villiers for Ghana Voices Series in April

Phillippa Yaa de Villiers is an award-winning South African writer, poet and academic and performance artist who performs her work nationally and internationally. De Villiers will be the featured writer on this month’s Ghana Voices Series at the Goethe Institut in Accra, Ghana. The Ghana Voices Series is a series of public reading event that […]

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Commonwealth writers seek non-fiction from Africa

Commonwealth Writers is an organisation that aims to unearth, develop and promote the best writing from across the Commonwealth. That’s the countries that used to be under British rule when they were the imminent power in the twentieth century. And Rwanda. And not Zimbabwe. Commonwealth Writers (CW) are the good folks who are behind the […]

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Two Africans make IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015 shortlist

The IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2015 shortlist has just been announced and two Africans have made the cut from the initial longlist. They are Nigerian Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for Americanah and Moroccan Mahi Binebine for Horses of God. Binebine’s book was originally written in French but translated to English by Lulu Norman. The IMPAC Dublin […]