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Conceição Evaristo at Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 5.

Conceição Evaristo wrapped up day 2 at Season 5 of Afrolit Sans Frontières on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. She was hosted by Osmar Paulino.

Afrolit Sans Frontières, a virtual literary festival for writers of African origin, was founded by author and publisher Zukiswa Wanner as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic international lockdowns. The festival format is two sessions a day on Instagram Live with an artist moderated by a host who also fields questions from audience members. There have been four editions so far; Season 1 from March 23-30; Season 2 from April 20-27; Season 3 from May 25 – June 1; and Season 4 from June 29-July 6.

Season 5 kicked off with Lerato Mogoatlhe in Johannesburg, South Africa followed by Khamisi in Texas, USA. The second day started out with Frances Mensah Williams in London, UK before Conceição Evaristo ended proceedings from Rio de Janeiro.

Conceição Evaristo is a writer, fictionist and essayist with a PhD in Comparative Literature from Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF). Her first publication (1990) was in the series Cadernos Negros of the Quilombhoje group. She has seven published books, among them Olhos D’água (2015), winner of the Jabuti award, and five works translated into English, French, Spanish and Arabic. She was awarded the Master of the Peripheries Award, by Instituto Maria e João Aleixo (2018), Nicolás Guillén Literature Award by the Caribbean Philosophical Association (2018) and Jabuti Award for literary personality (2019).

You can watch the session between the celebrated Brazilian Conceição Evaristo and her host Osmar Paulino in the below videos which are in Portuguese.


By James Murua

This blog is run by James Murua a Nairobi, Kenya based lover of books.

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