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

Tuesday, June 1

 

Wednesday, June 2

 

Thursday, June 3

Event: Leading the Reading Revolution
Event Type: Book Launch
Venue: Facebook (Virtual)
Time: 8pm EAT
Language: English

The Storymoja National Read Aloud event will be happening later on the month. Leading up to it, this event will be hosted moderated by James Murua with Joan Mwachi-Amolo, Will Clurman, and Yusuf Ganyana.

Friday, June 4

 

Saturday, June 5

Event: Nadifa Mohamed moderated by Leila Aboulela
Event Type: Book Launch
Venue: Zoom (Virtual)
Time: 5-6pm BST
Language: English

Nadifa Mohamed will be in conversation about her new book The Fortune Men with the incredible Leila Aboulela. All our events have BSL interpretation. #MFest2021Book

Sunday, June 6

 

Monday, June 7

 

Tuesday, June 8

 

Wednesday, June 9

 

Thursday, June 10

Event: Columbia Global Centres: Nadifa Mohamed
Event Type: Book Launch
Venue: Zoom (Virtual)
Time: 6pm CAT
Language: English

Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of Witswatersrand is holding a book launch for Prof. Ato Quayson’s new book Tragedy and Postcolonial Literature. Quayson is a Professor of English at Stanford University, California. He has published many books on African literature. This book explores “tragedy and tragic philosophy from the Greeks through Shakespeare to the present day.”

Fellow professors of literature Jeanne-Marie Jackson (Johns Hopkins University) and Anki Mukherjee (Oxford University) will engage Quayson in discussion.

Event: Columbia Global Centres: Nadifa Mohamed
Event Type: Book Launch
Venue: Zoom (Virtual)
Time: 4pm EAT
Language: English

 

Columbia Global Centres are pleased to invite you to their African Book Talk Series – a platform that features African authors literature.  On the 10th of June 2021, 4 PM NRB/9 AM NY, join Nadifa Mohamed and Hassan Ghedi Santur (moderator) for an exhilarating session.

Friday, June 11

 

Saturday, June 12

Event: Virtually Yours with Ondjaki
Event Type: Book Launch
Venue: Zoom
Time: 3-4pm CAT
Language: English

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 June is Ondjaki from Angola whose novel, Good Morning Comrades explores the daily life of a 12-year-old boy and his friends at a time of when Angola is enduring a war.

Sunday, June 13

 

Monday, June 14

Event: LUCAS Annual Lecture 2020-21 with Grace Musila
Event Type: Lecture/Keynote
Venue: Zoom (online)
Time: 6pm EAT
Language: English
Details: Click here.

Professor Grace Musila (University of Witwatersrand, South Africa) will deliver the Leeds University Centre for African Studies annual lecture of the academic year 2020-21.

The lecture is co-organised with the “Language in Africa” (LIA) special interest group of the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) as part of its 2021 annual conference about “African Languages and Social Change: Politics, Activism, and Justice”.

This lecture will be delivered via Zoom.

Tuesday, June 15

Event: Artistic Encounters returns with Mputhumi Ntabeni, Malcolm Jiyane, and Zukiswa Wanner
Event Type: Book Launch
Venue: Sophiatown Centre, 73 Toby St. Sophiatown, Johannesburg
Time: 2pm CAT
Language: English

Pianist/trombonist Malcolm Jiyane Xorile will play while Zukiswa Wanner reads excerpts from Mphuthumi Ntabeni’s newest novel The Wanderers. It is brought to you in partnership with Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Studies (JIAS) and the Trevor Huddleston Centre

Wednesday, June 16

Event: The Black Pimpernel launches
Event Type: Book Launch
Venue: Exclusive Books Rosebank, Johannesburg
Time: 4pm CAT
Language: English
Details: On poster

Zukiswa Wanner’s The Black Pimpernel will launch at the Exclusive Books Rosebank on June 16 at 4pm. My discussant will be Sello Hatang. It’s happening way before curfew so RSVP timeously as we will be observing Covid protocol. Friends from Joburg View (Tshwane), you are also welcome. All details are on the poster.

Event: Bethany C. Morrow with Sandhya Menon A Chorus Rises | Ages 13+
Event Type: Book Launch
Venue: Politics and Prose Bookshop
Time: 7pm US
Language: English

Teen influencer Naema Bradshaw has it all: she’s famous, stylish, gorgeous—and she’s an Eloko, a charismatic person gifted with a melody that people adore. Everyone loves her, until she’s cast as the villain who exposed a Siren to the whole world. Dragged by the media and canceled by her fans, no one understands her side: not her boyfriend, not her friends, not even her fellow Eloko. Vilified by those closest to her, Naema heads to the Southwest to stage a comeback. When she turns to her remaining online fans for support, life feels almost like it used to: the fandom, the adoration, the community that takes her side. But when her online advocates start targeting other Black girls, Naema will realize that—for Black girls like her—even the privilege of fame has its limits. And only Naema can discover the true purpose of her power, and how to use it.

Event: Conversation avec Scholastique Mukasonga
Event Type: Conversation
Venue: Zoom (Online)
Time: 7pm CET
Language: French

L’Université de Stockholm, l’Ambassade du Rwanda et la maison d’éditions Tranan vous proposent une conversation inédite avec l’écrivaine Scholastique Mukasonga.

Event: D.V Bishop & Ayesha Harruna Attah
Event Type: Conversation
Venue: Zoom (Online)
Time: 7pm WAT
Language: English
Details: On poster

Event: Femrite Reading with Ivan Mulumba Mathias
Event Type: Book Launch
Venue: Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 5pm EAT
Language: English

GZK presents FEMRITE Reading with Ugandan writer Mulumba Mathias.

Thursday, June 17

Event: Femi Kayode’s Light Seekers launches
Event Type: Book Launch
Venue: Book Den c/o Hosea Kutako Avenue & Puccini Street, Windhoek
Time: 4:30pm for 5pm CAT
Language: English
Details: On poster

The Book Den and Jonathan Ball Publishers cordially invite all lovers of fiction in Windhoek to the launch of Femi Kayode’s Lightseekers, a thrilling and gripping work of crime fiction.

Femi will be in conversation with Rémy, Doek!’s co-founder and editor-in-chief, talking about his glittering debut, crime-writing, and living a literary life.

RSVP: [email protected] / 061 239 976

Social distancing and sanitising protocols will be in place.

Event: Shumbum Khan with the Cheeky Natives
Event Type: Book discussion
Venue: Online (YouTube, Facebook)
Time: 6:30pm CAT
Language: English
Details: On poster

Friday, June 18

 

Saturday, June 19

Event: The Role of Literary Magazines
Event Type: Panel discussion
Venue: Goethe-Institut Kamerun
Time: 6pm CAT
Language: English
Details: On poster

Event: Wangari The Storyteller Reads Aloud with you kids (Storymoja Read Aloud)
Event Type: Reading session
Venue: Zoom (Virtual)
Time: 3pm EAT
Language: English
Details: On poster.

Sunday, June 20

 

Monday, June 21

 

Tuesday, June 22

 

Wednesday, June 23

Event: Tete Loeper
Event Type: Book Launch
Venue: Kigali Public Library
Time: 5-7pm EAT
Language: English
Details: on poster

 

Thursday, June 24

 

Friday, June 25

Event: Nyarobi Book Festival
Event Type: Literary Festival
Venue: Alliance Francaise Nairobi
Time: All day
Language: English
Registration: Click here.

The Alliance Française have announced the new literary shindig that “will celebrate the culture of reading and writing, encourage the sharing of trends and ideas, connect publishers, distributors, authors, illustrators, artists, and readers.”

Saturday, June 26

Event: PAWA literary series with Okey Ndibe and Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
Event Type: Author chat
Venue: Zoom (Virtual)
Time: 5pm GMT
Language: English
Details: On poster

The PAWA literary series with Okey Ndibe and Ngugi Wa Thiong’o is moderated by Wale Okediran

Event: Nyarobi Book Festival
Event Type: Literary Festival
Venue: Alliance Francaise Nairobi
Time: All day
Language: English
Registration: Click here.

The Alliance Française have announced the new literary shindig that “will celebrate the culture of reading and writing, encourage the sharing of trends and ideas, connect publishers, distributors, authors, illustrators, artists, and readers.”

Sunday, June 27

Event: Open Country Mag Hosts Lolwe and Doek!
Event Type: Panel discussion
Venue: Virtual (Instagram)
Time: 5pm
Language: English
Registration: Click here.

Watch editors Troy Onyango and Rémy Ngamije talk online magazine publishing in Africa. The Instagram Live conversation, to be moderated by Frances Ogamba, is Open Country Mag’s first public event.

Monday, June 28

 

Tuesday, June 29

 

Wednesday, June 30

Event: Dr Joyce Nyairo, Sharon Dodua Otoo for James Murua Literary LiveStream
Event Type: Panel discussion
Venue: Virtual (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter)
Time: 9pm EAT
Language: English
Registration: Click here.

Dr Joyce Nyairo and Sharon Dodua Otoo are the guests of the James Murua Literary LiveStream on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 18:00 GMT/ 19:00 WAT/ 20:00 CAT/ 21:00 EAT. You can join the stream, brought to you in cooperation with Frankfurter Buchmesse with financial support from the German Federal Foreign Office, on FacebookYouTube, or Twitter.

Event: Kola Tubosun launches Ìgbà Èwe
Event Type: Book launch
Venue: Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 9pm EAT
Language: English

This event presents “Ìgbà Èwe”, a multilingual poetry collection by Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún, with interviews with the original author Emily Grosholz, and readings by Ayọ̀délé Ọlọ́fintuadé, Rọ́pò Ewénlá, Jídé Sàláwù, Oyíndàmọ́lá Abatty, etc.