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Thando Mgqolozana newest book Un-importance out

South African writer Thando Mgqolozana burst onto the African literary scene in 2009 with his debut novel A Man is Not A Man published by KZN. This novel spoke of a very African rite of passage circumcision and how it can go bad as the protagonist has his penis falling off after initiation when there […]

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Top African writers under 40 announced

Africa39 a project celebrating the top 39 African writers under the age of 40 has announced its best at the London Book Fair today. The Africa39 project seeks to produce a possible snapshot of our shared African future. The unique part of the project is that it lists not just English but African languages with […]

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Chimamanda Adichie makes Bailey’s Prize for fiction 2014 shortlist

The shortlist for the Baileys Prize 2014 was unveiled at a ceremony last night with Nigerian Chimamanda Adichie making the shortlist for her book Americanah. The Baileys Women’s Prize for fiction, formerly the Orange Prize, is the UK’s only annual book award for fiction written by women. The longlist for the prize was announced earlier […]

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Lola Shoneyin on unlocking the African story

Nigerian Lola Shoneyin is well known as the writer and poet whose biggest claim to literary fame is her 2009 book, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives where talks about polygamy. She has also written published poetry, short stories and one children’s book called Mayowa and the Masquerade. She is also the director of […]

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Writivism festival 2014 in Kampala for June

The Writivism Festival is set for Kampala, Uganda from the 18th – 22nd of June this year. I have been following The Writivism initiative with keen interest. The program which is aimed at pushing literature to the next level started last year quietly but has grown very fast very quickly with many capitals taking part. […]

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The International Confluences Book Fair Mauritius 2014

The International Confluences Book Fair was hosted in Mauritius on 6-9 March with authors from the island on the Indian Ocean and otherparts of the globe. The Mauritian authors who attended the fair included Ananda Devi, Lindsey Collen, Alain Gordon-Gentil and Sedley Assone. From out of Mauritius were writers from France, UK, India, China, Togo, […]

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Lauren Beukes makes Strand Magazine critics awards 2013

Its truly awards season in the literature space for African authors. The latest nominee in a book award is South Africa novelist Lauren Beukes for the Mulholland published The Shining Girls and the award in question is The Strand Magazine Critics Awards 2013. The Strand Magazine was a monthly magazine composed of fictional stories and […]