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Zukiswa Wanner’s newest book London, Cape Town, Jo’burg out in May

Zukiswa Wanner’s latest book London, Cape Town, Jo’burg launches in May in Johannesburg, SA. Zukiswa Wanner is one of the most recognised names in South African literary circles. She emerged in 2006 with the Oshun books published The Madams about a black South African woman who takes the services of a white South African maid. […]

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Jalada Africa seeks your porn and sex stories

Jalada Africa is a brilliant new initiative to bring new African voices to the literary landscape. Their first collection of stories was Sketch of a bald woman in the semi-nude and other stories which I really enjoyed. The next collection is already in production and will be a Porn/Sex anthology. The anthology in both English […]

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A review of Margaret Ogola’s Mandate of the People

Book: Mandate of the people. Author: Margaret Ogola Publisher: Focus Publishers Year of publication: 2012 Number of pages: 246 Many Kenyans will be familiar with Margaret Ogola’s 1995 Commonwealth Prize winning novel The River and The Source. The book also went home with Jomo Kenyatta Foundation Prize for literature. This is not because the book […]

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Aminatta Forna is Windham Campbell Prize for Fiction 2014 recipient

Sierra Leone writer Aminatta Forna is one of the eight winners of the 2014 edition of the Windham Campbell Prize. Donald Windham and Sandy M. Campbell were avid book collectors, voracious readers, and friends with many of the most important literary figures of their time. When Campbell passed away unexpectedly in 1988, Windham created an […]

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Stanley Gazemba’s latest book Callused Hands is out

Writer Stanley Gazemba is one of the more respected writers on the Kenyan literary scene. His most known book is The Stone Hills of Maragoli which won the Jomo Kenyatta Literary Prize in 2003, one of Kenya ‘s most prestigious literary awards. Apart from this award winner he has written many titles for both adults […]

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Caine Prize Workshop for Zimbabwe in late March

The Caine Prize for African Writing will hold its annual workshop from the 21st of March to 2nd April at the Leopard Rock Hotel in Harare, Zimbabwe. The workshop will see thirteen writers from seven African countries take in the workshop’s writing and reading exercises and include four 2013 shortlisted writers. These are Abubakar Ibrahim […]

A review of Hawa Jande Golakai’s The Lazarus Effect
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A review of Hawa Jande Golakai’s The Lazarus Effect

Book: The Lazarus Effect Author: HJ Golakai Publisher: Kwela Books Year of publication: 2011 Number of pages: 310 Hawa Jande Golakai’s debut novel The Lazarus Effect is what they a “whodunnit”. A young woman called Jaqueline “Jacqui” Paulsen is murdered by an unknown assailant in Cape Town South Africa. She was raised by Adelle Paulsen […]