A review of Ndumiso Ngcobo’s Eat Drink & Blame The Ancestors
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A review of Ndumiso Ngcobo’s Eat Drink & Blame The Ancestors

Book: Eat Drink & Blame The Ancestors Author: Ndumiso Ngcobo Publisher: Two Dogs Year of publication: 2014 Number of pages: 287 Genre: Satire, essays In Kenya for many years, the most looked forward read in the newspapers was a column called “Whispers” in the Sunday Nation written by a gentleman called Wahome Mutahi. The column […]

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Etisalat Prize Shortlist 2014 announced

And then there were three. The judges for the Etisalat Prize for African literature have whittled down the long list of writers and those next in the line were announced. The three shortlistees in the running for next awards are Nadia Davids, for An Imperfect Blessing (Random House Struik-Umuzi), Chinelo Okparanta for Happiness Like Water […]

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Beatrice Lamwaka in Johannesburg, Oduor Jagero in Kampala

For those in Kampala and Johannesburg there are some very cool literary events for you today. In Jozi, Caine Prize nominee 2011 Beatrice Lamwaka will be joining South Africans Mandla Langa, Makhosazana Xaba and Masande Ntshanga to read extracts from their latest novels and poetry collections. They will be discussing their work with Michele Magwood […]

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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 […]