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Teju Cole makes PEN USA Literary Awards 2015 longlist

PEN International is a worldwide association of writers, founded in London in 1921 to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere. The US version of PEN announced the longlists for the 2015 PEN Literary Awards, spanning fiction, nonfiction, biography, essays, translation, and more on 12th March. The finalists will be announced on April 15 […]

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Kenyan literary matriarch Grace Ogot has passed on

It’s not been a great time for Kenya’s literary matriarchs in recent times. In 2011 we said goodbye to Margaret Ogola the writer of The River and The Source and my personal favourite Mandate of the People. We then said goodbye to Asenath Odaga probably our greatest female writer and the first to set up […]

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South Africa’s Songeziwe Mahlangu wins Etisalat Prize 2015

We have a winner. After a longlist and a shortlist and then the buildup, South Africa’s Songeziwe Mahlangu emerged the winner of the Etisalat Prize for African Writing 2015. The prize was given at a glittering ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos last night. He is the second winner of prize after Noviolet […]

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Weekend Reads: Lawino 3 and Terra Incognita

So we are going into a weekend and if you like me are looking for something cool to read then I have two publications you want to check out. You can check out an anthology of new speculative fiction from Africa called Terra Incognita edited by Nerine Dorman. This is Short Story Day Africa‘s second […]