African and Black Literature events for November 2020.

We give you a list of events across the African and Black Literature world you can attend in November 2020. Send us your event to add to this list.

 

November 1

 

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November 4

Event: Abubakar Adam Ibrahim to kick-off James Murua Literary LiveStream
Event Type: LiveStream
Venue: Online

Abubakar Adam Ibrahim will kick off the new James Murua Literary LiveStream on Wednesday, November 4, 2020, at 18:00 GMT/ 19:00 WAT/ 20:00 CAT/ 21:00 EAT. You can join the stream on Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter.

Information: Click here.

November 5

Event: African Writers Conference 2020
Event Type: Literary Festival
Host City: Lusaka, Zambia.

The African Writers Conference is an annual programme of the African Writers Development Trust (AWDT) and it is rotated among African Countries every year. The conference targets Writers of African descent living on the continent and in the Diaspora and brings together Writers, Literary Veterans, Book Enthusiasts, Journalists, Policymakers, and the Youth from across Africa. The goal is to engage a global narrative on the future of the African writer, the state of African literature, and the hope of renaissance. The reason for this is because, now more than ever, is the time to begin the thread that sparks the fire which lights up the untapped potentialities of African literature with its rich and diverse culture.

More information: click here.

Event: Mildred K. Barya for Coming Home To North Carolina
Event Type: Book Reading
Host City: North Carolina, USA
Hosts: North Carolina Literary Review

Mildred Kiconco Barya is a writer and poet from Uganda.[1] She was awarded the 2008 Pan African Literary Forum Prize for Africana Fiction, and earlier gained recognition for her poetry, particularly her first two collections, Men Love Chocolates But They Don’t Say (2002) and The Price of Memory: After the Tsunami (2006). She will be doing a reading of her new title Coming Home To North Carolina with the North Carolina Literary Revie.

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November 6

Event: African Writers Conference 2020

The African Writers Conference is an annual programme of the African Writers Development Trust (AWDT) and it is rotated among African Countries every year. The conference targets Writers of African descent living on the continent and in the Diaspora and brings together Writers, Literary Veterans, Book Enthusiasts, Journalists, Policymakers, and the Youth from across Africa. The goal is to engage a global narrative on the future of the African writer, the state of African literature, and the hope of renaissance. The reason for this is because, now more than ever, is the time to begin the thread that sparks the fire which lights up the untapped potentialities of African literature with its rich and diverse culture.

More information: click here.

 

November 7 – International African Writer’s Day

Event: Africa Century International African Writers Conference
Event Type: Literary Conference
Venue: Online

A historical gathering of literary intellectuals and authors from across the world. Prof Serote will deliver the 8th International African Writers Day Lecture, titled: Decolonising Africa’s Literary Heritage: Debunking Myths – A Look To The Future. Co-discussants to the keynote address by Prof Serote will be Dr Steve Sharra and Prof Wangui wa Goro.

Information: Click here.

Event: South African Literary Awards 2020
Event Type: Award Ceremony
Host City: Johannesburg, South Africa.
Venue: SALA Virtual Conference Centre (Online)

The South African Literary Awards, popularly referred to as the SALAs, have honoured many authors since they were founded in 2005. The year’s winners in a variety of categories from those shortlisted on October 5 will be revealed.

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Event: Decolonial Passage Meets Heroe Book Fair
Event Type: Literary Chat
Venue: Online

Lorna Likiza (Heroe Book Fair) and Audrey Shipp (Decolonial Passage) will be having literary centered conversations every first Saturday of the month all the way to March 2021. This is in preparation for the upcoming Heroe Book Fair happening from March 22-26 2021 as a virtual event and also in promotion of Audrey’s new literary journal, Decolonial Passage whose submissions open/have opened on November 1st.

Details: On the poster.

 

Event: African Writers Conference 2020

The African Writers Conference is an annual programme of the African Writers Development Trust (AWDT) and it is rotated among African Countries every year. The conference targets Writers of African descent living on the continent and in the Diaspora and brings together Writers, Literary Veterans, Book Enthusiasts, Journalists, Policymakers, and the Youth from across Africa. The goal is to engage a global narrative on the future of the African writer, the state of African literature, and the hope of renaissance. The reason for this is because, now more than ever, is the time to begin the thread that sparks the fire which lights up the untapped potentialities of African literature with its rich and diverse culture.

More information: click here.

November 8

 

November 9

Event: Lagos Arts and Book Festival (Labaf) 2020
Event Type: Literary Festival
Host City: Lagos, Nigeria
Venue: Freedom Park, Lagos Island (Real), Zoomdom (Virtual)

The Lagos Book and Art Festival (LABAF) is an annual arts festival founded in 1999 by the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA), a Nigerian-based cultural organisation.

Information: Click here.

Event: award-winning, multi-national debut fiction writers
Event Type: Author chat
Venue: online

Meet South African Rešoketšwe Manenzhe, author of Scatterlings, and Zambian Mubanga Kalimamukwento, author of The Mourning Bird, fresh voices on the literary scene and both winners of the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award. Together with Rémy Ngamije, award-winning Rwandan-born Namibian writer and photographer and author of The Eternal Audience of One, they explore their worlds of inspiration, what it takes to imagine their characters into being and ultimately win over judges and readers alike.

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November 10

Event: Sue Nyati’s A Family Affair book reading with Senzeni Ndebele
Event Type: Book reading
Venue: Online (Zoom)

Details: on poster.

November 11

Event: Writing Joburg Noir
Event Type: Book launch
Venue: Online
Host: Jacana Media

Joburg Noir edited by Niq Mhlongo features short stories by 22 South African writers: Sam Mathe, Fred Khumalo, Lidudumalingani, Keletso Mopai, Sibongile Fisher, Kgomotso Masemola, Styles Lucas Ledwaba, Mapule Mohulatsi, Khanyi Magubane, Sifiso Mzobe, Gloria Bosman, Nedine Moonsamy, Yewande Omotoso, Mabel Mnensa, Nthikeng Mohlele, Eusebius McKaiser, Siphiwo Mahala, Nkateko Masinga, Mzuvukile Maqetuka, Sydney Mojoko, and Michelle van Heerden.

The Akashic Books published book launches with Lorraine Sithole.driving the conversation.

Register: Click here.

 

November 12

Event: Maaza Mengiste, Antje Rávik Strubel on James Murua Literary LiveStream
Event Type: LiveStream
Venue: Online

Maaza Mengiste and Antje Rávik Strubel are the guests on James Murua Literary LiveStream on Wednesday, November 12, 2020, at 18:00 GMT/ 19:00 WAT/ 20:00 CAT/ 21:00 EAT. You can join the stream on Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter.

Event: Virtual Event with Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Karen McCarthy Woolf, Maaza Mengiste
Event Type: Book Reading/ Author chat
Venue: The London Library Online Event

2020 Booker Prize longlisted author Maaza Mengiste, Laurel Prize shortlisted poet Karen McCarthy Woolf and writer and broadcaster Yassmin Abdel-Magied, all contributors to New Daughters of Africa, will read from their work and discuss the legacy that inspires and connects them.

Details: Click here.

November 13

 

November 14

Event: Virtually yours with Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
Event Type: Author Chat
Host: Goethe Namibia
Venue: Online

A series of online discussions – Virtual Gatherings – with honoured author, Zukiswa Wanner, through which she explores contemporary African literature with authors.

Featuring in this Virtual Gathering is Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi: an award-winning author from Uganda. Her latest book, the First Woman, tells the story of a courageous village girl becoming a woman within a community that constantly silences her voice and dreams.

Email your name and mobile number to [email protected] to register for this Virtual Gathering.

Event: Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone
Event Type: Book Club meeting
Venue: Online (Zoom)

Register: Click here to obtain log-ins for the meeting.

November 15

 

 

November 16

Event: The Princeton African Humanities Colloquium (PAHC)
Event Type: Academic Colloquium
Venue: Online.

The Princeton African Humanities Colloquium (PAHC) is hosting a two-day colloquium from November 16-17 on Africa & Digital Humanities. The event will take place in the form of a webinar featuring keynote addresses and three panel discussions.

Details: Click here.

November 17

Event: Peter Kimani features on African Literature Book Talk Series
Event Type: Book chat
Venue: Online

Details: On poster

 

Event: Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu’s “The History of Man.”
Event Type: Book launch
Host: Bhaka Writers
Venue: Online (Google Meet)

Information: On Poster

Event: No Be From Hia: The Cheeky Natives in conversation Natasha Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda
Event Type: Book Launch
Venue: Online

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Event: Angela Makholwa’s Critical But Stable launch
Event Type: Book launch
Venue: Zoom. (Online)

Register: Click here.

Event: The Princeton African Humanities Colloquium (PAHC)
Event Type: Academic Colloquium
Venue: Online.

The Princeton African Humanities Colloquium (PAHC) is hosting a two-day colloquium from November 16-17 on Africa & Digital Humanities. The event will take place in the form of a webinar featuring keynote addresses and three panel discussions.

Details: Click here.

November 18

Event: US National Book Awards
Event Type: Award Ceremony
Venue: Online

The Winners of the 2020 National Book Awards will be announced on Wednesday, November 18 at the 71st National Book Awards Ceremony, which will be held exclusively online. Two-lifetime achievement awards will also be presented as part of the evening’s ceremony: Walter Mosley will be recognized with the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, presented by Edwidge Danticat, and Carolyn Reidy will posthumously receive the Foundation’s Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.

Register: Click here.

November 19

Event: Booker Prize winner announcement
Event Type: Award announcement
Venue: Online

The Booker Prize is a leading literary award in the English speaking world, which has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over 50 years. Awarded annually to the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland. This year is especially interesting for the African and Black literary community as Tsitsi Dangarembga, Maaza Mengiste, and Brandon Taylor are on the shortlist.

Information: Click here

Event: Storytime with JulianTM announces WordPlay
Event Type: Author Chat
Venue: Online

Storytime with JulianTM announces WordPlay, a live streamed literary event, featuring New York Times Bestselling author, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Friday Black), and award-winning author Rion Amilcar Scott (The World Does Not Require You) on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 10:00 p.m.

Information: YouTube or Facebook.

November 20

 

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November 22

 

November 23

Event: Literary Conversations: Escape by The PEN/Faulkner Foundation
Event Type: Author chat
Venue: Online

With everything that has been thrown at us this year, people are looking for ways to forget about the state of reality now more than ever. Literature provides the perfect opportunity to escape into new worlds in an attempt to cope with and understand all that happens in our own. Don’t miss this riveting Literary Conversation featuring Margaret Atwood, Rion Amilcar Scott, Nisi Shawl, and moderator Morgan Jerkins!

Details: Click here.

November 24

Event: Niq Mhlongo’s Paradise In Gaza virtual book launch
Event Type: Book launch
Venue: Zoom

South African award-winning author Niq Mhlongo is the author of the novels Dog Eat Dog (2004), After Tears (2007), and Way Back Home (our review) (2015) and the short story collections Affluenza (2016) and Soweto Under The Apricot Tree (2018). He recently edited the Jonathan Ball published essay collection Black Tax: Burden or Ubuntu? (2019). His newest novel Paradise in Gaza launches online with a discussion with Jennifer Malec.

Register: Click here.

November 25

Event: Conversations on Kenyan literature and our being.
Event Type: Academic colloquium
Event Host: University of Nairobi
Event City: Nairobi

A colloquium organised by the University of Nairobi with the speakers Prof Micere Mugo, Prof Peter Amoka, Prof Wangari Mwai, Prof Evan Mwangi, Prof Clarunji Chesaina, Prof Henry Indangasi, Prof Wangui Wa Goro, Prof Kithaka Wa Mberia, Dr Godwin Siundu, and Dr Jennifer Muchiri.

Details: On poster.

Event: Mariette Tchamda Mbunpi, Annette Michael on James Murua Literary LiveStream
Event Type: LiveStream
Venue: Online

Mariette Tchamda Mbunpi and Annette Michael are the guests on James Murua Literary LiveStream on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at 18:00 GMT/ 19:00 WAT/ 20:00 CAT/ 21:00 EAT. You can join the stream on Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter.

November 26

Event: Mbogi Ya Mawriters With John SIbi-Okumu featuring Benny Wanjohi
Event Type: New writing showcase
Event organisers: Alliance Francaise
Event City: Nairobi.

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Benny Wanjohi is a Kenyan poet who has written over 300 poems that have been featured on various literary platforms. He has authored two poetry chapbooks, ‘Phases of Life’ and ‘After Sunset & Other Poems’. He is the founder of Friendswhowrite, a Kenyan Writers group.

Benny is also the Coordinator of Writers Space Africa-Kenya (WSA-K), the Kenyan chapter of Writers Space Africa. He is a poetry editor for the Writers Space Africa magazine and runs a poetry mentorship program for upcoming poets across Africa.

Benny served as the chief judge for the Pantoum poetry contest organized by Writing This Gospel and as the poetry judge for African Writers Awards this year.

Detail: Click here.

Event: ‘Black Women and Books’
Venue: Online

This online event is being organised by the Feminist Library in collaboration with BookLove, an online Multicultural Travelling Carnival and shop. Panellists Margaret Busby, publisher, editor of New Daughters of Africa; Kandace Chimbiri, self-publisher and children’s author, The Story of the Windrush; Dee, founder of the Black Feminist Bookshop; Prof Wangui wa Goro, social critic, researcher, translator and cultural catalyst and Kadija Sesay, publisher, editor and poet, (Irki, 2013) moderator, Samantha Williams of BookLove.

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November 27

Event: 12th Jozi Book Fair Festival Weekend
Event Type: Literary Festival
Venue: Online

Join us for a fun Jozi Book Fair weekend under Covid-19. Many events to enjoy, from jazz, book launches & discussions

Details: Click here.

November 28

Event:  Igunga and Mess Book launch
Event Type: Book Launch
Host City:  Durban, South Africa
Venue: Ekhaya Arts Centre, Kwamashu.

The Hlomu Series are novels written by South African Dudu Busani-Dube. The first three in the series were Hlomu the Wife, Zandile the Resolute, and Naledi his Love. The series’ latest books Iqunga and Mess launch this month in Durban, South Africa.

Information: On poster.

Event: 12th Jozi Book Fair Festival Weekend
Event Type: Literary Festival
Venue: Online

Join us for a fun Jozi Book Fair weekend under Covid-19. Many events to enjoy, from jazz, book launches & discussions

 

November 29

 

Event: 12th Jozi Book Fair Festival Weekend
Event Type: Literary Festival
Venue: Online

Join us for a fun Jozi Book Fair weekend under Covid-19. Many events to enjoy, from jazz, book launches & discussions

 

November 30

Event: 12th Jozi Book Fair Festival Weekend
Event Type: Literary Festival
Venue: Online

Join us for a fun Jozi Book Fair weekend under Covid-19. Many events to enjoy, from jazz, book launches & discussions

 

 

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