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Burt Award Kenya nominees 2015 named

The people in the running for the Burt Award, the richest prize in Kenyan literature at the moment, which is aimed at young adults have announced their 2015 nominees. The nominees for the 2015 Burt Award for African Literature which is run by the The National Book Development Council of Kenya are: 1) Charles Okoth […]

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A review of Alain Mabanckou’s Broken Glass

Book: Broken Glass Author: Alain Mabanckou Translator: Helen Stevenson Publisher: Serpents Tail Year of publication: 2005 (French), 2009 ( English) Number of pages: 165 Broken Glass is a book by Alain Mabanckou an author from the Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville) who has written a raft of books including African Psycho (2003 French, 2009 English), […]

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Novels of Botswana in English launches in Gaberone; Lauri Kubuitsile in Sweden

A new academic book, Novels from Botswana written in English from 1930 to 2006, was launched in at the University of Botswana Bookstore in Gaberone, Botswana last week. The book is written by Dr Mary Lederer. Professor Arua E. Arua of the UB’s Department of English was the master of ceremonies. You can read more […]

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Caine Prize for African writing 2015 shortlist announced

The five writer shortlist for the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced by Chair of judges, award-winning South African writer Zoë Wicomb. They are Namwali Serpell (Zambia), South Africans Masande Ntshanga and F. T. Kola (South Africa), Nigerians Elnathan John and Segun Afolabi. The Chair of judges, Zoë Wicomb described the shortlist […]

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A review of Archbishop David Gitari’s Troubled but not destroyed

Book: Troubled but not destroyed (The autobiography of Archbishop David Gitari) Author: David Gitari Publisher: Isaac Publishing Year of publication: 2014 Number of pages: 327 Genre: Biography, autobiography David Gitari was the leader of the Anglican Church in Kenya from 1997 to 2002. He was also at the centre of the movement to ensure that […]

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Niq Mhlongo’s Affluenza and German Way Back Home

South African Niq Mhlongo is the author of three novels Dog Eat Dog, After Tears and Way Back Home. I have read all three and the best of the lot is the most recent one Way Back Home about a tenderprenuer who was an exile fighting for South African freedom. Its not only brilliant but […]

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Yejide Kilanko new book Chasing Butterflies now out

Nigerian born writer Yejide Kilanko’s debut novel Daughters Who Walk This Path is about a young woman called Morayo who grows up surrounded by school friends and family in busy, modern-day Ibadan. Life is cool until her troubled cousin Bros T moving in with the family until he forces her to have to deal with […]

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Teju Cole and Taiye Selasi are NOT Charlie

Teju Cole and Taiye Selasi have withdrawn from PEN USA gala at the World Voices Festival, a weeklong event that brings dozens of writers from around the globe to New York City. The two Africans have a valid reason for withdrawing from this prestigious event; PEN American Center has decided to give its annual Freedom […]