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Alain Mabanckou for Alliance Française, Nairobi on March 10

Congolese author and academic Alain Mabanckou will present three of his titles at the Alliance Française, Nairobi on Thursday, March 10, 2022. Alain Mabanckou isn’t a new name to anyone who has been following the literary scene in recent times. He is a novelist, journalist, poet, and academic, a French citizen born in the Republic […]

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Alain Mabanckou is Booker Prize for Fiction 2022 judge.

Alain Mabanckou was revealed to be one of the judges for the Booker Prize for Fiction 2022 on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. The Booker Prize for Fiction, founded in 1969, is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the United Kingdom. Some of […]

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Five writers make Prix Les Afriques 2021 shortlist

Bernardine Evaristo, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Abdelaziz Baraka Sakin, Marc Alexandre Oho Bambe, and Sindiwe Magona make up the shortlist for Le Prix Les Afriques 2021 announced today, Monday, October 11, 2021. Prix Les Afriques was created by the Swiss lawyer Ngoãn Beti founded association La Cene Littéraire in 2015. It is awarded annually to an […]

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Fann Attiki is Prix Voix d’Afriques 2021 winner

Fann Attiki’s Cave 72 was announced the winner of Prix Voix d’Afriques 2021 on Friday, September 3, 2021. Prix Voix d’Afriques is a literary award aimed at bringing young French-language authors and authors from the African continent first hosted in 2020. It is aimed at highlighting new African literary voices, novels reflecting the situation of […]

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Prix Ivoire for African Literature 2021 shortlist announced

The finalists for Prix Ivoire for African Literature in French, the leading literary prize from Cote D’Ivoire, were announced on Sunday, August 29, 2021 The Prix Ivoire is an award created by Akwaba Culture, an Ivorian law association in 2008. Open to writers from Africa and its Diasporas, the winner gets a two million CFA […]

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Book Digest: Wilfried N’Sonde, Courttia Newland, Beaton Galafa, Farrah Rochon

We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest feature. Today our focus is books from Wilfried N’Sonde, Courttia Newland, Beaton Galafa, and Farrah Rochon. Femme du Ciel Et Des Tempêtes, Wilfried N’Sonde Publisher: Actes SudPublication Date: August 18, 2021Genre: Literary fictionLanguage: FrenchWhere to find it: Actes Sud, Amazon Wilfried N’Sonde […]

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Prix Kourouma 2021 longlist announced.

The writers who made the longlist for the Prix Kourouma 2021 were announced on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. When legendary Ivorian author Ahmadou Kourouma passed away in 2003, the African salon at the Geneva Book Fair decided to pay tribute to him by creating a literary prize that bears his name in the following year. […]

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Grand Prix des Associations Littéraires 2018 nominees announced.

The nine nominees for the Grand Prix des Associations Littéraires 2018 were announced on March 27, 2019. The Grand Prix des Associations Littéraires (Grand Prix of Literary Associations) were launched in Cameroon in 2013. The awards were then defined as bilingual English-and-French literary prizes awarded on the proposals of literary associations, especially in the Research […]

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Alain Mabanckou is Zora Neale Hurston/ Richard Wright Legacy Award 2018 winner.

Alain Mabanckou is the Zora Neale Hurston/ Richard Wright Legacy Award 2018 winner for his novel Black Moses. The announcement was made at a ceremony in Washington, USA on October 19, 2018. The Hurston/Wright Foundation is named for US African American literary icons Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright. The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award honours the […]

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African writers converge on Alain Mabanckou powered Atlantide 2018

Writers from across the African continent converged on Nantes, France at the Alain Mabanckou powered Atlantide Literature Festival 2018 on February 15 to 18, 2018. The Atlantide Literature Festival, founded in 2013, has gathered dozens of international and French writers to the French city of Nantes. In 2018, the artistic director of the festival was […]

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Rehana Rossouw and Fiston Mwanza Mujila for Literary Crossroads Johannesburg

Rehana Rossouw and Fiston Mwanza Mujila for Literary Crossroads on Tuesday 5 September, 7pm Goethe-Institut Johannesburg. The two will be moderated by University of Johannesburg’s Danyela Demir. Literary Crossroads is a series of talks where South African writers meet colleagues from all over the continent and from the African diaspora to discuss trends, topics and […]

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Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 wins Germany’s International Literature Prize 2017

Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s debut novel Tram 83 is the winner of this year’s German International Literature Prize 2017. He receives it with his translators Katharina Beyer and Lena Müller. The International Literature Award is given annually by Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the foundation Elementarteilchen, for international prose translated into German for the […]

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Throwback Thursday: DR Congo’s Clémentine Faik Nzuji

One our Throwback Thursday this week, we feature Clémentine Faik Nzuji, DR Congo’s first female writer. Clémentine Faik Nzuji, also known as Clémentine Faïk-Nzuji Madiya, is a Congolese poet and writer. She was born in Tshofa, Kabinda District in the Belgian Congo. She has been called “the first poet of real significance” among a group […]

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Alain Mabanckou makes Man Booker International Prize 2017 Longlist

Alain Mabanckou is on the Man Booker International Prize 2017 Longlist that has been announced today. The Man Booker International Prize is awarded every year for a single book, which is translated into English and published in the UK. Both novels and short-story collections are eligible. The work of translators is equally rewarded, with the […]

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Fiston Mwanza Mujila and Penny Busetto dazzle at Etisalat Prize 2015 Nairobi tour

Etisalat Prize 2015 winner Fiston Mwanza Mujila and shortlistee Penny Busetto dazzled as they featured at a variety of Nairobi spaces Etisalat Prize 2015 Nairobi tour. They included Daystar and Nairobi Universities, the Goethe Institute and the party on Saturday at Pawa 254. One of the coolest of the events was at the Goethe Institut, […]