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French author Patrick Mondiano wins the Nobel Prize for Literature 2014

French author Patrick Mondiano is the author of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature for 2014. We specialise in African literature here at JamesMurua.com and we were pining for our Ngugi Wa Thiong’o who had been said to be in the running this year. Again. It was not to be. Again. So who is this […]

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Sam Ukala is Nigeria Literature Prize 2014 winner

Sam Ukala with hi book IREDI WAR is the winner of the 2014 Nigeria Literature Prize. After many weeks of build up of the richest prize in African literature, US$100,000 which isn’t too shabby, we got a winner. Ukala beat other shortlistees Friday John Abba (Alekwu Night Dance) and Jude Idada (Oduduwa, King of the […]

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Cameroon writer Imbolo Mbue signs million dollar deal

Cameroon writer Imbolo Mbue has signed a seven figure dollar deal for her new book The Longings of Jende Jonga with publisher Random House taking its North American rights at the Frankfurt Book Fair. The book agent who signed the deal on behalf of the author is Susan Golomb. The Frankfurt Book Fair is one […]

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Dinaw Mengestu in the running for Kirkus Prize 2014

Ethiopian born writer Dinaw Mengestu is in the running for this years Kirkus Prize as his book All Our Names was among the finalists for its first annual book prizes. The Kirkus Prize is one of the richest literary awards in the world, with a prize of $50,000 bestowed annually to authors of fiction, nonfiction […]

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Aminatta Forna receives her prize at Windham Campbell Festival

A few months ago I mentioned that Sierra Leone writer Aminatta Forna was one of the recipients of this years Windham Campbell Prize. The prize comes with a handy US$150,000 that allows you to do your work without worrying about bills for a little bit. Well our Aminatta officially received her prize at the Yale […]

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Images from the Cape Town’s Open Book Festival 2014

As mentioned earlier the Open Book Festival happened in mid September. The folks at the festival have been kind enough to send me a few images to show you the colour and basic awesomeness that was the week long event. Enjoy ladies and gents. Ready to voice Writer’s Rage: Mervyn Sloman, @thando_mgqo and Zukiswa Wanner […]

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A review of Nganga Mbugua’s Different Colours

Book: Different Colours Author: Ng’ang’a Mbugua Publisher: Big Books Publication date: 2011 Number of pages: 260 Genre: Fiction With the Nairobi International Book Fair in town then its only fair that I review a book from one of the folks in the running for the Wahome Mutahi Literary Prize. Unfortunately I don’t have access to […]

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Aga Khan Wins Maktaba Awards 2014

This year’s library of the year awards popularly known as the Maktaba Awards happened at the Leakey Auditorium, National Museum alongside the Storymoja Festival that was happening at the same venue. The key speaker for the event was Dr Auma Obama who was also the Storymoja festival patron. This year it was the time for […]

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Nairobi International Book Fair now on.

The Nairobi International Book Fair which was born in 1996 and is now officially an adult is currently running at the Sarit Centre with the events starting today until the Saturday. The climax (stop sniggering!) will be on Saturday evening with a dinner with well known Kenyan brands in literature like David Maillu, Prof Chris […]