We give you a list of events from across the African and Black Literature world you can attend in April 2021.

Thursday, April 1


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Wednesday, April 7

Event: Shubnum Khan’s “How I accidentally became a global stock photo and other strange and wonderful stories”
Event Type: Book Launch
Venue: Zoom (Virtual)
Language: English

The book launch for Shubnum Khan’s “How I accidentally became a global stock photo and other strange and wonderful stories” will take place at 4pm GMT/ 5pm WAT/ 6pm CAT/7pm EAT on Zoom (or on the Pan Macmillan South Africa’s Facebook page).

Shubnum will be in conversation with journalist and former Mail & Guardian editor in chief, Khadija Patel. To join please register and you will get the link to join the launch:

Thursday, April 8


Friday, April 9

Event: The Bookseller -Black Issue webinar
Event Type: Reading
Venue: Zoom (Virtual)
Language: English

The Bookseller’s first ever guest editor Marianne Tatepo will introduce the 9th April issue, a Black-specific iteration of the weekly trade magazine known as The Black Issue, during a live webinar to be held at 12.30 on publication day. Founder of the Black Agents and Editors’ Group (BAE) and commissioning editor at Ebury (Lifestyle), Tatepo will be joined by The Bookseller’s editor Philip Jones, freelance journalist and contributor Heather Marks, the Black Writers’ Guild Founder and author Nels Abbey and co-organiser and author Elijah Lawal (also a contributor to this issue).

Saturday, April 10

Event: Goethe Namibia’s Virtually Yours with Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
Event Type: Reading
Venue: Zoom (Virtual)
Language: English
Registration: Click here.

Goethe Namibia’s “Virtually Yours” is a series of online discussions with contemporary authors from Africa. Virtually Yours aims to create an online platform for avid readers, writers, academics, publishers, agents, and anyone else interested in literature by writers from Africa. The series of online discussions held once a month from October has featured Niq Mhlongo, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Tendai Huchu, and Natasha Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda.

Featuring in this Virtual Gathering on Saturday, April 10 is Abubakar Adam Ibrahim from Nigeria. His most recent book, “Dreams and Assorted Nightmares” published by Masobe Books is a collection of short stories that explore the themes of life, death and beyond.

Sunday, April 11


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Tuesday, April 13

Event: One-on-one with debut author Rešoketšwe Manenzhe about her award-winning novel ‘Scatterlings’
Event Type: Reading
Venue: Virtual (Restream)
Language: English
Registration: Click here.

Join Rešoketšwe Manenzhe for a conversation about her novel Scatterlings, which recently won the 2021 HSS Award for Fiction by a Single Author, as well as the 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award. Rešoketšwe will be in conversation with Jennifer Malec, editor of The Johannesburg Review of Books and Dinaane judge. The conversation will cover Rešoketšwe’s experience of writing her first book, how she got published, and how she dreamt up the extraordinary yet ordinary women that appear in her novel. The chat will also explore whether authors need to ‘write what you know’, and how that ties to writing historical fiction.

Wednesday, April 14

Event: Celebrating Binyavanga Wainaina’s Fiction
Event Type: Panel
Venue: Virtual
Language: English
Information: Click here.

A conversation inspired by the rediscovery of Binguni!, Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina (1971–2019) first published story, hosted by Boston Review and The Against Nature Journal

The conversation takes place on the occasion of the republication of his first short story, Binguni! (1996), by Boston Review’s Arts in Society project and The Against Nature Journal, and aims to initiate a critical revival of Wainaina’s fiction.

Panelists: Oris Aigbokhaevbolo, Aruni Kashyap, Neo Sinoxolo Musangi, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, and Sigrid Rausing.

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Tuesday, April 27

Event: Clonal Hum by Omar Berrada Book Launch and Reading
Event Type: Book launch
Time: 5pm EST
Venue: Virtual
Language: English
Information: Click here.

On the occasion of the exhibition ‘M. Obultra 3’ by Matthew Schrader, White Columns is pleased to present a reading and the book launch of ‘Clonal Hum’ by Omar Berrada. For this event, Omar Berrada will be joined by fellow poets Christian Campbell, Saretta Morgan, and Cecilia Vicuña.

Wednesday, April 28


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Friday, April 30