John Mwazemba is the managing director of Kenya’s Phoenix Publishers. He is one of the people who have been nominated to take part in Digital Book World in New York, USA from 13-15 January 2015. He will be there to meet and learn from booksellers and librarians to editors, publicists and CEOs. What they share […]
The short story prizes are lining up with the latest one on the block being the Writivism Short Story Prize. The panel of judges for this year’s prize will be chaired by Chika Unigwe. The judges include Mukoma wa Ngugi, Ainehi Edoro, Tendai Huchu and Rachel Zadok. Entries for the short story prize will be […]
So this is my first blog of the new year after a self imposed break to chill out and recharge my batteries. While I was drinking and eating excessively in different parts of Nairobi, it seems like the biggest story out there came from the fallout from Ben Okri’s A mental tyranny is keeping black […]
The Italians have a new reality show called The Masterpiece. The show is a play on the shows that we are all familiar with like Big Brother. In this version of the show, aspiring authors vie at literary challenges until one contestant wins a major book deal. The new show has three judges, one of […]
Egyptian Naguib Mahfouz won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature and is regarded as one of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature. He published 34 novels, over 350 short stories, dozens of movie scripts, and five plays over a 70-year career. Since 1996 the American University in Cairo (AUC) Press the Nobel laureates publisher […]
Yesterday we gave a report from the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) convention that ended last weekend in the West African nation. The images here kindly submitted by the gang at ANA aren’t world class, they are writers after all, but they give a good feel for the event and the action. Enjoy.
The Folio Prize is the first major English language book prize open to writers from around the world published in the UK. The prize is shaped by The Folio Prize Academy, an international group of people, mainly writers and critics, immersed in the world of books and play a decisive role in selecting titles to […]
Author Richard Ali gives us a run down of the Association of Nigerian Authors convention that ended last weekend. Africa’s largest national authors Association, the Association of Nigerian Authors, concluded its 33rd Convention on Saturday 13th December 2014. The annual three-day write-fest was held at the historical city of Ibadan in southwestern Nigeria, formerly Africa’s […]
So last week Oduor Jagero did the launch for his book True Citizen in Kampala, Uganda. The author shared these images from his Ugandan adventure which happened at Plot 52 Bukoto Street, Kamwokya the other Thursday.
Book: The Hairdresser of Harare Author: Tendai Huchu Publisher: Freight Books/Weavers Press Zimbabwe Year of publication: 2013/2010 Number of pages: 236 Genre: Fiction Tendai Huchu’s debut novel The Hairdresser of Harare is the story of two main characters; Vimbai and Dumisani. Vimbai is the star hairdresser at the Khumalo Hair and Beauty Treatment Salon in […]