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Ciku Kimeria for Ghanaian launch

Kenyan writer Ciku Kimeria is one of the new novelists to watch in the continent. Her weirdly titled novel “Of Goats and Poisoned Oranges” is described as the tumultuous marriage of a middle-aged Kenyan power couple living in the hills of Mount Kenya as it is told by different parties in their life. After a […]

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Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor dazzles at TEDxEuston

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor is probably one of my favourite writers to come to the African literature scene in the last decade or so. The Kenyan burst onto the scene winning the 2003 Caine Prize for African Writing for her story Weight of Whispers. The story was about an aristocratic Rwandan refugee who is displaced by […]

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Lauren Beukes novel Broken Monsters to be a TV drama

Lauren Beukes came back from the US back to Mzansi and posted the following tweet that was favourited and retweeted like crazy; G’bye America and thanks for all the fish. I’m leaving with a TV deal for Broken Monsters in the works and a freaking suitcase full of books — Lauren Beukes (@laurenbeukes) September 25, […]

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Chris Abani makes Edgar Awards 2015 shortlist

The Edgar Allan Poe Awards (popularly called the Edgars), named after Edgar Allan Poe, are presented every year by the Mystery Writers of America, based in New York City, USA. They honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater published or produced in the previous year. On the nominees list for 2015 […]

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North Africans pepper International Prize for Arabic Fiction longlist

The International prize for Arabic fiction was set up in 2007 to address limited international availability of Arabic literature. The prize is one of the richest in writing in this part of the world as US$50,000 goes to the winner of the prize and shortlisted writers go home with US$10,000. The winner also gets translated […]

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Why TIA’s ‘We need new stories’ is a pile of unmentionable

This morning I spent time reading a two part series from ThisIsAfrica.me, a website that does a lot of writing about the identity of Africans. The title of the series written by Rachel Hamada is “We need new stories” and it is broken down to Part 1 and Part 2. The main thrust of the […]

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Helen Oyeyemi joins Canada’s Giller Prize jury 2015

The Giller Prize is Canada’s premiere fiction prize and awards the writer of the best English-language book with $100,000. Each runner-up gets $10,000. Nigerian born Helen Oyeyemi has been announced as one of the jury members of the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize. She joins Cecil Foster, Alexander MacLeod and Alison Pick. Irish writer John Boyne […]

Jalada Afrofutures anthology now online
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Jalada Afrofutures anthology now online

Its taken its time but it is now here. The Jalada 02: Afrofuture(s) anthology was launched at midnight yesterday in Nairobi. It’s the third anthology of the Jalada Writers Collective and this edition has work from voices as diverse as Richard Ali, Jude Dibia, Okwiri Oduor, Ivor Hartmann, Lydia Kasese and Melisa Kiguwa . The […]