A review of Susan Abulhawa’s novel Mornings In Jenin
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A review of Susan Abulhawa’s novel Mornings In Jenin

Author: Susan Abulhawa Book: Mornings in Jenin Publisher: Bloomsbery Year of publication: 2010 Number of pages: 322 Susan Abulhawa’s novel Mornings in Jenin is a revelation. The last few days our TV screens have been inundated with images from a little part of the Middle East called the Gaza strip as the seemingly unending battle […]

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2014 Nigeria Prize for Literature longlist out

In spite of the hype accompanying last night’s Caine Prize win for Okwiri Oduor, the reality is that the biggest prize in African literature is actually the one the Nigerians give to their best author. The Nigerian Prize for African Literature sees that one writer going home with US$100,000 rotating yearly amongst four literary genres: […]

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South African Nobel prize winner Nadine Gordimer has passed on

South African Nobel-prize-winning author Nadine Gordimer, one of the literary world’s most powerful voices against apartheid, has died at the age of 90. She was one of three African Nobel prize winners alongside Wole Soyinka who celebrated 80th birthday yesterday and JM Coetzee. She was the only African woman who has gone on to win […]

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Its Caine Prize Night: Best of luck to all the nominees

The winner of the Caine Prize will be announced tonight as part of the series of events called “Africa Writes” in its third year to celebrate African writing in London, UK. The nominees are Kenyans Okwiri Oduor and Billy Kahora the highest for us in East Africa. Also in the list are South African Diane […]

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2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature Judging Panel out

The Etisalat Prize for African literature has announced a new panel judges for 2014. With last year’s former judge Sarah Ladipo Manyika remaining as Chair for continuity she is joined by Alain Mabanckou, Jamal Mahjoub and Tsitsi Dangarembga. We knew Sarah Ladipo as one of the judges for the previous edition of the inaugural judging […]

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Kinyajui Kombani’s coffee gig (and John Sibi-Okumu chat)

Kinyanjui Kombani is a Kenyan writer who has been at the forefront of the literature advocacy route with events like The Authors Buffer and the Daystar Creatives Academy. His books include Den of Iniquities and The Last Villains of Molo. The author who has been doing a commendable job teaching his experiences to the next […]