We give you a list of events from across the African and Black Literature world you can attend in July 2021. Updated regularly. Send us your event to be listed here.

Thursday, July 1

Event: Pumla Dineo Gqola’s “The Female Fear Factory” launches
Event Type: Book launch
Venue:  Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 1pm CAT
Language: English
Details: Click here.

Pumla Dineo Gqola whose new book Female Fear Factory launches with moderation by Sisonke Msimang.

Where Rape A South African nightmare introduced strategies for disrupting rape culture at an individual level, Female Fear Factory offers an even bolder vision for collective action against all cultures of sexual violence. Like the previous book on which it builds, Female Fear Factory fuses intellectual rigour and extensive research, written by one of South Africa’s keenest minds, award-winning Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola.

Event: Acada Children’s Book Festival Last
Event Type: Literary Festival
Venue:  Virtual (Zoom)
Time: All day
Language: English
Registration: Click here.

ACBF is a showcase of children’s books written by African authors or books from around the world written for children from diverse cultures. To the best of our knowledge, ACBF is the first Nigerian book festival specifically for children. The gathering was held for the first time in 2019 and it was hosted by the British Council in their Lagos premises. The event was a resounding success attracting over 1,400 attendees.

Friday, July 2

Event: Acada Children’s Book Festival Last
Event Type: Literary Festival
Venue:  Virtual (Zoom)
Time: All day
Language: English
Registration: Click here.

ACBF is a showcase of children’s books written by African authors or books from around the world written for children from diverse cultures. To the best of our knowledge, ACBF is the first Nigerian book festival specifically for children. The gathering was held for the first time in 2019 and it was hosted by the British Council in their Lagos premises. The event was a resounding success attracting over 1,400 attendees.

Event: SA’s Festival of Children’s Literature
Event Type: Literary Festival
Venue:  Virtual (Zoom)
Time: All day
Language: English
Registration: Click here.

Join us for 3 action-packed days with award-winning authors and Festival Director Darryl David – all for the love of books! Fri, Sat and Sun 10-3pm all take place online and is 100% free and 100% safe. Please watch our website and our Facebook page for the programme and links. Since it is now online, this was meant to be a great fundraiser for us, so we would like to encourage you to make a donation or set up a monthly donation.

Saturday, July 3

Event: Books and Wine
Event Type: Literary party
Venue:  Village Market, Nairobi
Time: 2-4pm EAT
Language: English
Details: On poster

Come prepared to sample lots of wine, engage in book talk, play book games, meet book and wine lovers like yourself… we could go on but it’s better for you to experience in person.

We have some awesome wine partners who will be sampling a variety of wines as well as book vendors with exclusive reads.

The theme for July’s event is ‘Hot off the Press’. Come ready to explore and discover what’s new in the world of Books and Wine. Bring a friend, or come make some friends; either way, we guarantee that you will have an awesome time.

Due to Covid protocols, we encourage that you book your slot in good time.

Event: Acada Children’s Book Festival Last
Event Type: Literary Festival
Venue:  Virtual (Zoom)
Time: All day
Language: English
Registration: Click here.

ACBF is a showcase of children’s books written by African authors or books from around the world written for children from diverse cultures. To the best of our knowledge, ACBF is the first Nigerian book festival specifically for children. The gathering was held for the first time in 2019 and it was hosted by the British Council in their Lagos premises. The event was a resounding success attracting over 1,400 attendees.

Event: SA’s Festival of Children’s Literature
Event Type: Literary Festival
Venue:  Virtual (Zoom)
Time: All day
Language: English
Registration: Click here.

Join us for 3 action-packed days with award-winning authors and Festival Director Darryl David – all for the love of books! Fri, Sat and Sun 10-3pm all take place online and is 100% free and 100% safe. Please watch our website and our Facebook page for the programme and links. Since it is now online, this was meant to be a great fundraiser for us, so we would like to encourage you to make a donation or set up a monthly donation.

Sunday, July 4

Event: SA’s Festival of Children’s Literature
Event Type: Literary Festival
Venue:  Virtual (Zoom)
Time: All day
Language: English
Registration: Click here.

Join us for 3 action-packed days with award-winning authors and Festival Director Darryl David – all for the love of books! Fri, Sat and Sun 10-3pm all take place online and is 100% free and 100% safe. Please watch our website and our Facebook page for the programme and links. Since it is now online, this was meant to be a great fundraiser for us, so we would like to encourage you to make a donation or set up a monthly donation.

Monday, July 5

 

Tuesday, July 6

 

Wednesday, July 7

Event: No Time To Mourn anthology launches
Event Type:
Book launch
Venue:
Juba, South Sudan
Time:
4-6pm EAT
Language:
English
Details:
On poster

No Time To Mourn an anthology by Southern Sudanese women edited by Hilda Twongyeirwe, Elizabeth Ashamu Deng launches in Juba, South Sudan.

Thursday, July 8

Event: Hadithi Za Africa featuring Napo Masheane
Event Type: Live event
Venue:  Virtual (Facebook, Instagram)
Time: 7pm CAT
Language: English
Details: Click here.

On this week’s Hadithi Ya Africa Thursday live we feature: Award winning playwright, director, poet, acclaimed performer and newly appointed Sibikwa Arts Centre Artistic Director – Napo Masheane.

Friday, July 9

Event: A.D. Nairobi
Event Type: Performance
Venue:  Alliance Francaise, Nairobi
Time: 6pm CAT
Language: English
Registration: Click here.

A live performance by the Orature Collective, adapted from the ‘Nairobi as a Just City’ Scenarios Project anthology. The project engages the concept of a social and inclusive just city to promote urban social justice, equal distribution of opportunities, enhanced access to social space, and a happy, healthy, livable and safe city.

The story tellers will perform four possible future scenarios for the city and invite discussion on different understandings of justice; and how that may inform ideas, policy and visions in creating the Nairobi we want of the future.

Saturday, July 10

Event: Virtually Yours with Ishmael Beah
Event Type: Book discussion
Venue:  Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 3pm CAT
Language: English
Registration: Click here.

Goethe-Institut’s Virtual Gatherings – 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 have featured Niq Mhlongo, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Tendai Huchu, and Natasha Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda.

Featuring in July is Ishmael Beah who will discuss his latest novel, The Little Family.

Event: African Narratives in Arabic Publishing
Event Type: Panel Discussion/Literary Festival
Venue:  Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 2pm CAT
Language: English
Details: Click here.

This panel of “BILA HUDOOD: Arabic Literature Everywhere” will delve into the experiences of Ahmed Val Bin El Dine and Ishraga Mustafa, two African writers publishing in the Arabic literary sphere.  What challenges have they faced, if any? What lessons have they learnt? What is their view on translation? We will also discuss their journey as writers, focusing on their works published and what is to come. The session will be moderated by Sawad Hussain.

Event: Nalo Hopkinson launches Octavia Tried To Tell Us.
Event Type: Book launch
Venue:  Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 12:00 US PT/3pm US ET
Language: English
Details: Click here.

Caribbean-Canadian Afrofuturist writer Nalo Hopkinson @nalohop1 launches Octavia Tried To Tell Us. Join us and this award-winning author on culture, writing and hope.

Event: Exhale: Queer African Erotic Fiction
Event Type: Book discussion
Venue:  Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 2pm CAT
Language: English
Registration: Click here.

Please join @BookWormersGPin partnership with @CNA_Africa as they unpack EXHALE: QUEER AFRICAN EROTIC FICTION with some of the contributors. This winter is about to get sizzling hot!

Event: Morning Shall Come Book Launch
Event Type: Book reading
Venue: Alliance Francaise, Nairobi
Time: 2pm EAT
Language: English
Details: On poster.

Ouma Don Collins reads his poetry collection Morning shall come .

Sunday, July 11

Event: Accra Noir Anthology reading with Nana Ama Danquah
Event Type: Book reading
Venue:  LOATAD, Accra Ghana
Time: 3pm WAT
Language: English
Details: Click here.

In collaboration with @loatad_org and Cassava Republic join us on 11/07/21 at 3pm for a reading and conversation with contributors to the Accra Noir Anthology.

Event: Abubakar Adam Ibrahim at Sokoto Book and Arts Festival
Event Type: Book reading/Literary Festival
Venue:  Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 4pm WAT
Language: English
Details: Click here.

A Virtual Book Reading and Chat with award-winning writer Abubakar Adam Ibrahim on his recent collection, Dreams and Assorted Nightmares.

Monday, July 12

Event: Caribbean Literature Day
Event Type: Literary festival
Venue:  Online (Zoom)
Time: 1-7pm
Language: English
Details: Click here.

#CaribbeanLiteratureDay is coming up! And it’s a full-on celebration! Party popper New pieces from emerging & established writers, & a live chat on Caribbean readership w/ #PhilipNanton & #SharaMcCallum – pull up!

Jul 12⌚1 – 7pmPersonal computer Bocas FB & YouTube

Event: Surfacing: On Being Black and Feminist in South Africa Book launch
Event Type: Book launch
Venue:  Online (Zoom)
Time: 4 PM SAST, 10 AM US EST and 10 PM AWST
Language: English
Register: Click here.

The tri-continental launch of the book, Surfacing: On Being Black and Feminist in South Africa, to be hosted by the African Studies Association Women’s Caucus on zoom on Monday July 12, at 4 PM SAST, 10 AM US EST and 10 PM AWST. The launch will feature the editors and two contributors, who will connect from South Africa, the US and Australia in a conversation moderated by Zinhle ka’Nobuhlaluse.

Tuesday, July 13

Event: Surviving Southampton Virtual Book Launch: Vanessa M. Holden in conversation with Erica Armstrong Dunbar
Event Type: Book launch
Venue:  Online (Zoom)
Time: 12pm USET
Language: English
Register: Click here.

Join Vanessa M. Holden and Erica Armstrong Dunbar for a virtual event celebrating the release of Holden’s book “Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner’s Community” on July 13 at 12pm ET.

Event: The Taking of Jake Livingston by Ryan Douglass launches
Event Type: Book launch
Venue:  Virtual (Facebook Live)
Time: 6pm US ET
Language: English
Details: On poster.

Event: Rebel Women Lit hosts Caine Prize shortlistees Doreen Baingana, Meron Hadero, and Iryn Tushabo
Event Type: Panel discussion
Venue:  Virtual (YouTube)
Time: 12pm Jamaica Time/ 8pm EAT
Language: English
Details: Click here.

Join us at noon Jamaican time (1PM EST, 6PM BST) for a live discussion with Doreen Baingana, Meron Hadero, and Iryn Tushabo about their shortlisted Caine Prize stories

Wednesday, July 14

Event: Femrite Presents Women Writers In Conversation
Event Type: Panel discussion
Venue:  Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 8pm EAT
Language: English
Register: Click here.

You are invited to a Zoom Conversation celebrating Uganda women writers on the AKO Caine Prize Shortlist 2021.

Thursday, July 15

Event: In Defense of Gossip with Dr Keguro Macharia and Dr Joyce Nyairo
Event Type: Discussion
Venue:  Online (Zoom)
Time: 3pm EAT, 2pm CAT
Language: English
Register: Click here.

Join Dr Keguro Macharia and Dr Joyce Nyairo as they gossip about gossip!

Event:Black Ballad presents The Book of Echoes
Event Type: Book discussion
Venue:  Virtual
Time: 7pm BST
Language: English
Register: Click here.

Join Jendella in conversation with Rosanna Amaka, the author of The Book of Echoes, to discuss the resilience of African diasporic histories, her journey to publishing and writing stories that captivate and reverberate through the ages.

Tickets include a copy of The Book of Echoes signed by Rosanna and sent to a UK address. To get your copy of the book in time for the event, please purchase your ticket by 8th July 2021.

Event: Cheeky Natives host hosts Caine Prize shortlistees Doreen Baingana, Meron Hadero, and Iryn Tushabo
Event Type: Panel discussion
Venue: Virtual (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter)
Time: 6pm CAT/7pm EAT
Language: English
Details: Click here.

Join Cheeky Natives for a live discussion with Doreen Baingana, Meron Hadero, and Iryn Tushabo about their shortlisted Caine Prize stories.

Friday, July 16

Event: African Book Festival Berlin
Event Type: Literary Festival
Venue:  Outdoor Cinema Freiluftkino Rehberge (accessible for wheelchairs and for people with visual impairments)
Time: 4:30pm for 5pm CAT
Language: English
Register: Click here.

The African Book Festival curated by Kalaf Epalanga will explore the 2021 festival theme “Telling the Origin Stories” by focusing on questions of origin, affiliation and identity. Lusophone literature and the connection between music and literature will also be at the heart of the event. In addition to live literature, guests will be able to explore market stalls offering African food, books, jewellery and more.

This year´s headliner is José Eduardo Agualusa alongside Yara Monteiro, Ondjaki, Natasha Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda, Marita Van Der Vyver, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Sulaiman Addonia, Chimeka Garricks, Bisi Adjapon, Jumoke Adeyanj, Martha Fessehatzion and Toty Sa´Med among our guests.

Event: Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor at Africa*n Relations Modalities Reflected
Event Type: Literary Festival
Venue: Virtual
Time: All day
Language: English
Details: Click here.

Join us for the Artist Lecture by the Kenyan writer Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor on “Beauty, Thresholds and Boredom: A Case for Alt. Decoloniality?” at this year’s Cluster Conference.

Event: Abuja Literary Society Book Club
Event Type: Book club
Venue: Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 6:30pm CST
Language: English
Details: Click here.

Abuja Literary Society (ALS) is pleased to announce that July’s edition of its Book Club holds this Friday (16th of July 2021)*Featured Book: “Authentic Mama” by Olunosen Louisa Ibhaze.*

Event: Canadian novelist Trevor Herriott will chair this conversation with Iryn Tushabe
Event Type: Panel
Venue: Virtual (Zoom) )
Time: 6:30pm CST
Language: English
Details: Zoom Meeting ID: 212 850 6825; Passcode: ALS

Canadian novelist Trevor Herriott will chair this conversation with Iryn Tushabe in which they will discuss her AKO Caine Prize shortlisted story, ‘A Separation’ at the iconic Penny University Bookstore in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Saturday, July 17

Event: African Book Festival Berlin
Event Type: Literary Festival
Venue:  Outdoor Cinema Freiluftkino Rehberge (accessible for wheelchairs and for people with visual impairments)
Time: 4:30pm for 5pm CAT
Language: English
Register: Click here.

The African Book Festival curated by Kalaf Epalanga will explore the 2021 festival theme “Telling the Origin Stories” by focusing on questions of origin, affiliation and identity. Lusophone literature and the connection between music and literature will also be at the heart of the event. In addition to live literature, guests will be able to explore market stalls offering African food, books, jewellery and more.

This year´s headliner is José Eduardo Agualusa alongside Yara Monteiro, Ondjaki, Natasha Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda, Marita Van Der Vyver, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Sulaiman Addonia, Chimeka Garricks, Bisi Adjapon, Jumoke Adeyanj, Martha Fessehatzion and Toty Sa´Med among our guests.

Event: Sokoto Book and Arts Festival
Event Type: Literary Festival
Venue: University Auditorium, Usmanu Danfofiyo University Sokoto, Virtual
Time: All day
Language: English
Details: Click here.

Sokoto Book and Arts Festival brings a line-up of events for the two days include a poetry slam, a stage play, arts exhibition, dance, music, live paintings, body arts, book readings and chats, panel discussions and much more. Tailored to suit the times, the first day, Saturday is physical but will be streamed live, while the second day, Sunday will be completely virtual. Don’t miss out.

Event: An Earnest Silhoutte
Event Type: Literary event
Venue:  @ZaraCoffeeShop
Time: 2pm GMT
Language: English
Details: On poster

Join us live this Saturday afternoon for a time of poetry, music and more with @poetivist @veryafrika and @earnest_writes.

Event: Zukiswa Wanner reading with Ethnikids
Event Type:
Reading
Venue:  Virtual (Instagram)
Time: 13pm GMT/4pm WAT/5pm CAT/6pm EAT
Language: English
Details: Click here.

Zukiswa Wanner will be reading from my new book The Black Pimpernel: Nelson Mandela on The Run at the Ethnikids at their “Meet The Author & Virtual Book Signing.”

Event: Doreen Baingana in Conversation with David Kaisa, for Ibua Journal
Event Type:
Panel
Venue:  Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 11:00am EAT
Language: English
Details: Click here.

The event will take place *live in Entebbe* while those not attending can check the streaming online on Ibua’s platforms on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Sunday, July 18

Event: Sokoto Book and Arts Festival
Event Type: Literary Festival
Venue: University Auditorium, Usmanu Danfofiyo University Sokoto, Virtual
Time: All day
Language: English
Details: Click here.

Sokoto Book and Arts Festival brings a line-up of events for the two days include a poetry slam, a stage play, arts exhibition, dance, music, live paintings, body arts, book readings and chats, panel discussions and much more. Tailored to suit the times, the first day, Saturday is physical but will be streamed live, while the second day, Sunday will be completely virtual. Don’t miss out.

Monday, July 19

Event: #AfricaWrites2021 pre-festival event: ‘2021 [email protected]
Event Type:
Festival panel
Venue:  Virtual
Time: 19:00 – 20:30 BST
Language: English
Details: Click here.

The annual AKO Caine Prize for African Writing aims to bring African writing to a wider audience, popularising short fiction from authors on the continent and the diaspora. Launched in 2000, the prize is awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. We’re thrilled to host the 2021 finalists ahead of Africa Writes 2021 (1 – 30 September) in this virtual event where we hear them discuss their inspiration and work.

Event: The Wanderers By Mputhumi Ntabeni
Event Type: Book launch
Venue:  Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 6pm CAT
Language: English
Details: On poster.

 

Tuesday, July 20

 

Wednesday, July 21

 

Thursday, July 22

Event: SOAS Event with AKO Caine Prize finalists
Event Type: Panel discussion
Venue: Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 7pm BST
Language: English
Registration: Click here.

The AKO Caine Prize finalists will be in conversation with Chair Dr Ida Hadjivayanis, in partnership with SOAS university.

Friday, July 23

Event: TVOTRIBEVERSARY 2021
Event Type: Literary Discussion and Anniversary Event.
Venue: Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 5PM WAT (23rd July, 2021)
Language: English
Registration: www.tvotribe.com/anniversary

TVOTRIBE is a team of dedicated and passionate Pan-African creatives, working together towards building and establishing culturally aware and appreciative youths in Africa and in the diaspora.

TVOTRIBEVERSARY 2021 would place attention on top and emerging creatives from various creative niches, to showcase their art, tell defining stories and share unforgettable experiences.

This year’s anniversary is focused on the theme “THE AFRICAN CREATIVE; CARVING YOUR IDENTITY”, and would feature notable speakers, while touching on subjects close to the bane of Africanism and finding your identity as an African Creative.

Saturday, July 24

Event: TVOTRIBEVERSARY 2021

Event Type: Literary Discussion and Anniversary Event.

Venue: Virtual (Zoom)

Time: 11AM WAT – 4PM WAT (24th July, 2021)

Language: English

Registration: www.tvotribe.com/anniversary

TVOTRIBE is a team of dedicated and passionate Pan-African creatives, working together towards building and establishing culturally aware and appreciative youths in Africa and in the diaspora.

TVOTRIBEVERSARY 2021 would place attention on top and emerging creatives from various creative niches, to showcase their art, tell defining stories and share unforgettable experiences.

This year’s anniversary is focused on the theme “THE AFRICAN CREATIVE; CARVING YOUR IDENTITY”, and would feature notable speakers, while touching on subjects close to the bane of Africanism and finding your identity as an African Creative.

Sunday, July 25

 

Monday, July 26

 

Tuesday, July 27

 

Wednesday, July 28

Event: Morley Prize for Unpublished Writers of Colour with Louise Hare
Event Type: Reading
Venue:  Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 8-10pm EAT
Language: English
Details: Click here.

Louise Hare
Louise Hare

Louise Hare, author of This Lovely City, presents an online author event in support of the Morley Prize for Unpublished Writers of Colour. A judge on the prize, Hare will give a reading from the novel and a Q&A about her writing, her research and engagement with the Windrush story, and the Morley Prize itself.

Thursday, July 29

 

Friday, July 30

Event: Female Fear Factory Virtual Book Launch with Pumla Gqola
Event Type: Reading
Venue:  Virtual
Time: 12:30 – 14:30 CAT
Language: English
Details: Click here.

The Embassy of Ireland in South Africa invites you to the much-anticipated virtual book launch of award-winning author Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola’s latest title, Female Fear Factory.

Where Rape A South African nightmare introduced strategies for disrupting rape culture at an individual level, Female Fear Factory offers an even bolder vision for collective action against all cultures of sexual violence. Like the previous book on which it builds, Female Fear Factory fuses intellectual rigour and extensive research, written by one of South Africa’s keenest minds, award-winning Professor Pumla Dineo Gqola.

Saturday, July 31