Awards Fiction

A Igoni Barrett to judge manuscript prize worth US$12,000

Novelist A. Igoni Barrett will serve as the inaugural judge of the Graywolf Press Africa Prize. The prize is worth US$12,000 to the winner. Graywolf Press was founded by Scott Walker in Port Townsend, Washington, in 1974. Graywolf’s first publications were limited-edition chapbooks of poetry, which were printed on a letterpress and hand sewn by […]

Awards Distribution Kenya

Maktaba Awards 2017 set to celebrate Kenya’s top libraries

The best libraries in Kenya will be feted at the Maktaba Awards 2017 at a ceremony at the Kenya National Museum on Friday 22nd September 2017. For the last eight years, the Kenya Library Association, the Goethe Institut, the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and the Ministry of Sports, Culture, and the Arts have been organising the […]

Festivals Kenya

Storymoja Festival 2017 set for Nairobi

An epic running of the Storymoja Festival 2017 is set for September 27 – October 1 in Nairobi, Kenya. The festival theme this year is “Black Peace.” The Storymoja Festival, founded by Storymoja Publishers in 2007, is one of the most important literary festivals on the African continent today. It was started with a small […]

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Text Book Centre Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature 2017 shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year’s edition of the Text Book Centre Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature 2017 have been announced. The Text Book Centre Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature is a biennial literary award given by the Kenya Publishers’ Association starting in 1974. It is considered the most prestigious literary award in the east African […]

Festivals Ghana

A snapshot of the Ghana International Book Fair 2017

The Ghana International Book Fair 2017 was hosted at the Accra International Conference Centre from August 24-27. The festival theme was “Books and Culture in the Digital Age.” The Ghana International Book Fair is a platform where both local and international book industry players come together to trade books and negotiate deals. The public gets […]

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Abubakar Adam Ibrahim for Nairobi in September

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim for Nairobi in September Abubakar Adam Ibrahim will be doing readings at Goethe Institut’s Literary Crossroads and the Storymoja Festival in Nairobi in September 2017. Abubakar Adam Ibrahim. Readers of this blog must be tired that we keep writing about this writer but we can’t help ourselves. The man showed up in […]


Ama Ata Aidoo for Ake Arts and Book Festival 2017

The Ake Arts and Book Festival 2017 will take place at the Arts and Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta on November 14-18, 2017. This year’s theme is “This F-Word” and conversations will focus largely on creative women doing amazing things both on the African continent and beyond. Time really flies when you are having fun. It […]

Festivals Fiction Nonfiction Poetry South Africa

A snapshot of the South African Book Fair 2017

The South African Book Fair 2017 was hosted in Johannesburg from September 8-10. The festival theme was #OURSTORIES. It was a lit few days as some of the best known authors and others in the literary scene converged on Johannesburg for the South African Book Fair 2017. The list of the people see and interact […]

Distribution South Africa

African Flavour Books makes its entry to Braamfontein, Johannesburg

African Flavour Books, a store that sells books by Africans, opened its second branch on September 2, 2017. The South African literary industry is one of the most developed on our rock with a world class value chain from excellent publishers down to the distribution of the books in many bookshops and bookstores. Even with […]

Kenya Launches

Book Launch: Ink & Pixels: The Wild and Wondrous Tales of Kenyan Comics

Event: Exhibition // Q & A session // Book Signing // Live Caricature Opening: 13/09/2017, 6.00 PM Location: Goethe- Institute Auditorium, Maendeleo house, Nairobi Published under the Contact Zone series, the book `Ink & Pixels: The Wild & Wondrous Tale of Kenyan Comics is a culmination of a project initiated by the Goethe-Institut in 2015 […]

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Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature 2017 All Stars unveiled

The shortlist for the Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature 2017 All Stars has been unveiled. The Burt Award was started in Tanzania in 2008 to recognize excellence in young adult literature, address an ongoing shortage of relevant, high quality books for young readers, and promote a love of reading and learning at the […]

Festivals South Africa

South Africa National Book Week 2017 is on!

The South Africa National Book Week 2017 is happening in Johannesburg from September 4-10. The highlight will be the South Africa Book Fair 2017 from September 8-10. South Africa National Book Week is a reading promotion campaign implemented by the South African Book Development Council (SABDC) in partnership with the Department Of Arts and Culture. […]

Festivals South Africa

Open Book Festival 2017 kicks off in Cape Town, South Africa

The Open Book Festival 2017 kicked off today in Cape Town, South Africa. The festival will run from September 6-10, 2017. The Open Book Festival is an annual literary festival held in Cape Town, South Africa with a focus on South African literature in an international context. The event, first held in 2011, includes over […]

Festivals Zambia

Zambia’s Tilembe Literary Festival 2017 for Lusaka in September

The Tilembe Literary Festival 2017 will be hosting its second edition at the Foxdale Court in Lusaka, Zambia from September 6-9. The Tilembe Literary Festival got into the African literary scene with a blast last year as they run a seris of events in its base of Lusaka, Zambia. That festival which was highly praised […]

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The Ebedi Review 2017 seeks your submissions

The editors of The Ebedi Review are seeking submissions for the third edition of the review. Ebedi Review is an in-house magazine of the Ebedi International Writers Residency, Iseyin Nigeria. It features articles on the residency and its environs from fellows of the Residency. In addition, it accepts and publishes short stories, photos and poems […]