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Diane Awerbuck is Short Story Day Africa 2014 winner

The Short Story Day Africa prize has been announced. Short Story Day Africa for the uninformed brings together writers, readers, booksellers, publishers, teachers and school children from all over the globe to write, submit, read, workshop and discuss stories – and foster the love of reading and writing African fiction. They also run a prize […]

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Golden Baobab 2014 Winners unveiled

The winners of 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes were announced yesterday. After many hundreds of entries and tension as we waited to see who would be considered the best picture story, early chapter prize and illustrator who considers children their target audience from the shortlisted few. The esteemed judges came to a decision and the winners […]

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What is happening with Bookpoint in Nairobi?

Bookpoint is one of the most iconic bookshops in Kenya having being with us for decades. The book shop, situated on Moi Avenue, has been a first point of call for many book lovers in the capital city Nairobi. The only weird thing about the bookshop was that the shop would it promptly at 1pm […]

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Lauren Beukes and Sarah Lotz in running for Goodreads Choice Awards 2014

South African writers Lauren Beukes and Sarah Lotz are in the running for this years Goodreads Choice Awards. Their two books Broken Monsters and The Three are in the semi-finals for the horror category of what is considered to be the biggest website for book lovers. Beukes’ Broken Monsters is about a serial killer, (most of […]

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Doreen Baingana to judge Golden Baobab Prizes 2014

The Golden Baobab has announced its judges for the 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes. Its about time. The prize was established to inspire the writing and publishing of African stories that captivate the minds of children, the prizes award $20,000 to talented African writers and illustrators. It also offers publishing and training opportunities to its honorees. […]

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A review of Diekoye Oyeyinka’s Stillborn

Book: Stillborn Author: Diekoye Oyeyinka Publisher: East African Educational Publishers (EAEP) Publication year: 2014 Number of pages: 262 Genre: Fiction Stillborn is the debut novel from Nigerian writer Diekoye Oyeyinka which was published by Kenyan publisher East African Educational Publishers (EAEP) and launched in Nairobi recently. The book tells the story of two main characters; […]

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Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire interviews African authors on This is Africa

Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire will be familiar to readers of this blog as one of the driving forces behind the Writivism initiative. The Writivism initiative aims at mentoring the next generation of writers in conjunction with the current writers on the continent. Bwesigye will be hosting a series of interviews of nine African authors that will […]

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South African Literary Awards 2014 announced

The winners of one of South Africa’s more trust awards, The South Africa Literary Awards aka The Sala were announced on Friday evening. The event which has been running from 2005 to celebrate literary excellence in all the languages of South Africa has unveiled the following winners; First Time Published author award – Claire Robertson, […]