Awards Fiction Sudan

Amir Tag Elsir makes International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2018 shortlist

Sudanese author Amir Tag Elsir is on the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2018 Shortlist that was announced on Wednesday February 21, 2018. He is on the shortlist for his novel Flowers in Flames. The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is given to a novel in Arabic considered to be the best of that year. […]

Ghana Nigeria Residencies South Africa Zambia

Seven African artists make Bellagio Residency 2018 shortlist

Mona Eltahawy, Sisonke Msimang, Yemisi Aribisala, Ayobami Adebayo, Noo Saro-Wiwa, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, and Sylvia Vollenhoven are shortlistees for the Bellagio Residency in literature. The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency Program offers academics, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners a serene setting conducive to focused, goal-oriented work, and the unparalleled opportunity to establish new connections […]

Fiction New Books Zimbabwe

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma new book “House of Stone” out in June

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s new book House of Stone is set to make its official appearance in June 7, 2018. This will be the Zimbabwean writer’s debut novel. Novuyo Rosa Tshuma first came to prominence in 2009 when her short story You in Paradise won the Intwasa Short Story Competition (now Yvonne Vera Award) for short […]

Events Fiction Nigeria South Africa

Ayobami Adebayo and Zukiswa Wanner dazzle Nairobi residents

Ayobami Adebayo and Zukiswa Wanner dazzled Nairobi residents over a series of literary events from February 22-24, 2018. The two were in the city at the invitation of the Goethe-Institut Nairobi. There was a whirlwind of literary activity in Nairobi this past weekend as two beloved literary personalities strutted their stuff in the green city […]

Festivals Uganda

Roland Byagaba set to curate Writivism Festival 2018

Ugandan Roland Byagaba will curate the Writivism Festival 2018 which is set to happen in Kampala, Uganda from August 17-19. This will be the sixth edition of the festival. The Writivism Festival 2018 is set to have its newest edition with a blowout in the East African nation’s capital in mid-August. The initiative started with […]

Festivals Morocco

A snapshot of the Casablanca International Book Fair 2018

The Casablanca International Book Fair 2018 was hosted in the Moroccan capital from February 8-18. Our good friend M. Lynx Qualey who runs was at the festival and gave us this exclusive snapshot. While you are here, if you have translations in Arabic then I suggest that you enter the ArabLit Story Prize which […]

Awards Poetry

Babishai Poetry Prize 2018 seeks your submissions

The Babishai Poetry Prize 2018 is looking for submissions for this year’s edition of prize; the winners will be announced at the Babishai Poetry Festival 2018 in August. The Babishai Poetry Prize was founded in 2009 by Ugandan Beverley Nambozo Nsengiyunva to shine a light on the Ugandan women poetry scene. The prize would go […]

Festivals Nigeria

Kaba Festival 2017 videos now available online on YouTube

The inaugural Kaduna Book & Arts Festival also known as the Kaba Festival was hosted from July 5-8, 2017 in Kaduna State, Nigeria in collaboration with the Book Buzz foundation. Video interviews from festival guests are now available online. As part of its centenary celebrations, the Nigerian state of Kaduna is introduced a literary event […]

Fiction New Books Nigeria

Yejide Kilanko sophomore offering Chasing Butterflies for February 22

Yejide Kilanko sophomore offering, a novella called Chasing Butterflies, will be available for purchase from February 22, 2018. Her debut novel was Daughters who walk this path. We recently featured Nigerian writer, poet and therapist in children’s mental health Yejide Kilanko who was one of the judges for the GT Bank sponsored The Dusty Manuscript […]

Awards Translation

The ArabLit Story Prize open for stories in Arabic-English translation

The ArabLit Story Prize is a new award for the best short stories, in any genre, newly translated from Arabic into English. Translators must have rights to the work, and translations must have been previously unpublished. Stories will be judged primarily on the quality of the translated work as a thing-in-itself, although translators must also […]

Awards Poetry Tanzania

The Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature 2017 reading

Mabati-Cornell Prize for African Literature 2017 winners Dotto Rangimotto and Ali Hilal Ali were hosted to a reading of their work at the University of Nairobi on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. The Manu Chandaria Centre at the University of Nairobi was the stage for the reading for Mabati-Cornell Prize for African Literature 2017 reading. On […]

Festivals Nigeria South Africa Zambia

Alain Mabanckou, Ayobami Adebayo for Time of the Writer Festival 2018

The line-up for the Time of the Writer Festival 2018, running from March 12-17, has been announced and it includes Alain Mabanckou, Ayobami Adebayo, and many other writers. The 21st Time of the Writer will take place at various venues around eThekwini, and at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. 15 writers from […]

Nigeria Publishers

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie signs with Narrative Landscape Press

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the latest author to sign with new outfit Narrative Landscape Press giving them the Nigerian rights to most of her books. In December, we introduced our readers to the new publishing outfit Narrative Landscape Press run by Eghosa Imasuen and Anwuli Ojogwu. The outfit has pulled off what is probably one […]

Awards Fiction Kiswahili Poetry Tanzania

Mabati-Cornell Prize for African Literature 2017 winners feted

Mabati-Cornell Prize for African Literature 2017 winners Dotto Rangimotto and Ali Hilal Ali were the centre of attention of a cheque handing out ceremony at the Kenya National Theatre on February 13, 2018. The Kenya National Theatre was the scene for the third prize giving ceremony of the Mabati-Cornell Prize for African Literature. The prize […]

Nigeria Residencies

Ebedi International Writers Residency recipients for Feb/March 2018 announced

The Ebedi International Writers Residency recipients for Feb/March 2018 are Chibųìhè Obi, Blessing Akinsehinwa, Silas Katung and Wole Ayoola. The Ebedi International Writers Residency Program is a unique initiative for creative writers wishing to complete their works in a conducive environment at no cost. It is affiliated with several international literary bodies including the Wole […]