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A snapshot of LitFest Harare 2014

Its been happening literature wise in Zimbabwe the last few days as LitFest Harare rolled into that nation’s largest city. LitFest Harare is headed by poet and writer Chirikure Chirikure its Director and Dr Edgar Mberi, a writer, critic and lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe the Steering Committee Chair. It was supported by the […]

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2007 Caine Prize winner Monica Arac de Nyeko feted by university

Uganda’s only Caine Prize winner Monica Arac de Nyeko was yesterday selected by the University of Groningen as its Alumnus of the Year 2014. This is a singular honour as the university has over 110,000 alumni all round the world to select from and they picked our East African writer. The writer and UNICEF humanitarian […]

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Dinaw Mengestu makes New York Times 100 notable books

The New York Times has unveiled their 100 notable books of 2014 and there is novel by a name readers of this blog are familiar with; Dinaw Mengestu. Mengestu entered our consciousness for the first time when he was a guest of our Storymoja Hay Festival in 2012 and we have been stalking him following […]

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Legendary writer/publisher Asenath Bole Odaga is dead

Asenath Bole Odaga, one of Kenya’s most highly regarded writers and publishers, has been reported as having passed away on Monday evening after a long illness. Odaga was first published in 1966 with her novel Secrets of Monkey Rock. One of her most famous books however is A Bridge in Time a historical novel about […]

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A review of Chimeka Garricks Tomorrow Died Yesterday

Book: Tomorrow Died Yesterday Author: Chimeka Garricks Publisher: Paperworth Books Year of publication: 2010 Number of pages: 428 Genre: Thriller Chimeka Garrick’s debt novel Tomorrow Died Yesterday tracks four characters Doughboy, Amaibi, Kaniye and Tubo who grew up in the oil rich Niger Delta and how their lives end up as they deal with the […]

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A review of Gilbert Muyumbu’s The Noses in Our Family and other short stories

Book: The Noses in Our Family and other short stories Author: Gilbert Muyumbu Publisher: Pangolin Publishers Year of publishers: 2014 Number of pages: 143 Genre: Short story collection Number of stories: 15 The thing with short story collections is that just like a very famous reviewer for the Washington Post, I don’t like them as […]

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Top Writers in New African 100 most influential list.

The New African magazine has published its highly regarded 100 Hundred Most Influential Africans 2014 and it has some of what the team who run the publication considers the Africans to watch in 2014. The list is segmented into different categories like politics, media, arts and culture, business and more. A few of the writers […]

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Morland Writing Scholars 2014 announced

The Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) has announced the winners of the 2014 Morland Writing Scholarships. The winners each receive a grant of ₤18,000 to allow them to take a year to write a book. The awards are based on submissions which include a book proposal and an excerpt of published writing. While usually the MMF […]