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Kenya’s Maktaba Award (Library of the Year Award) 2014 in September

The 5th edition of the Maktaba Award (Library of the Year Award) in Kenya organised by the Goethe-Institut Kenya, the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and the Kenya Library Association will be happening in September. In 2013 the overall winner was Catholic university. The Award, modeled on the German Library of the Year Award, aims to recognize […]

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HJ Golakai’s The Lazarus Effect now in Italian

The Lazarus Effect is a book that was published a few years ago by Liberian Hawa Golakai or HJ Golakai. It is a crime fiction novel about an investigative reporter Voinjama “Vee”Johnson who was born in Liberia but is based in South Africa and how she goes around solving the murder of Jaqueline “Jacqui” Paulsen […]

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South Africa’s Kagiso Molope at White Ravens Festival in Munich

Kagiso Molope has just come from the White Raven Festival in Munich, Germany where she was one of the guest authors. The festival in its third year showcases children’s and young adult literature to a German audience. Part of the work done by Kagiso one of my favourite authors, Dancing in the Dust rocks, is […]

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Zukiswa Wanner begins Kenyan tour for London Cape Town Joburg

South African author Zukiswa Wanner continued selling her latest Kwela published book London Cape Town Joburg. The author has been doing a series of events in cities around the continent starting with Durban followed by other cities including Harare, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Kampala. The author started the Kenyan arm of book tour this past […]

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A review of Siphiwo Mahala’s African Delights

Book: African Delights Author: Siphiwo Mahala Publisher: Jacana Media Year of publication: 2011 Number of pages: 243 Genre: Short Story Number of stories: 12 Jacana Media-published African Delights is the second book from Pretoria based South African writer Siphiwo Mahala. His first was the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Press 2007 book When a Man Cries […]

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African literature Association endorses academic boycott of Israel

The African Literature Association (ALA) has seen the madness happening in Gaza in the Middle East and decided that enough is enough. The organisation in its most recent ALA Resolutions and Executive Letters supports the Palestinian people who are currently suffering a hail of bombs and other non nice things that kill. The statement, given […]

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A letter to the Man Booker Prize 2014 judging panel

AC Grayling,, Chair of judges, Man Booker Prize 2014, England Re: Lack of African Authors on Man Booker Prize I am happy to note that you have earlier today announced the Man Booker Prize longlist earlier today and the names on the list are quite impressive and are listed here; Joshua Ferris (US) – To […]