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Zimbabwe’s Blessing Musariri wins Crime Fiction Contest

Cordite books is a new, publishing company for genre fiction based in Lagos, Nigeria jointly owned by Parrésia Publishers and Award winning writer Helon Habila. They publisher is aimed at writing African fiction for African audiences; the writers we assume are Africans of course. Their first project was last year when they made a call […]

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Nigerian Prize for Literature 2014 shortlist out

We have a shortlist for the Nigerian Prize for Literature 2014 ladies and gentlemen. For the uniformed The Nigeria Prize for Literature rotates yearly amongst four literary genres: prose fiction, poetry, drama and children’s literature. This year’s prize is for drama and comes with a cash prize of $100, 000. The longlist was announced in […]

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Footnote Summit; Africa’s largest publishing event for Nairobi

I knew that blogging about African literature would come in handy one day. Turns out Africa’s “largest publishing event” the Footnote Summit is set to happen in Nairobi on 23th September 2014. It will be happening alongside the 17th Nairobi International Book Fair (24th September to 28th September 2014) so that means a lot of […]

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South Africa National Book Week now on

The South African National Book Week started out this weekend in capital city Johanessburg and will be happening for the rest of the week. The idea of the week is to celebrate book. Proving that a serious government should be doing such things as standard the new guy at the ministry Bwana Nathi Mthethwa and […]

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Prof Kofi Awoonor Anniversary and symposium

21st September will be a very special day as we mark the 1st anniversary of the infamous Al Shabaab attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi that traumatized us all so much. This day was especially trauma inducing for the literary community in Kenya as its premier literary festival the Storymoja Hay Festival was happening […]

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Mozambican Mia Couto’s work wins PEN translation awards

The discussion about the languages we use to write our literature isn’t about to end any time soon. The debate has raged for years; write in the language of The Man (English, French, Arabic) or in our own (Swahili, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Kinyarwanda, Shona, Zulu, Xhosa, Baganda, Nyanja, Somali, Amharic… I can go all day […]