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Translations: Helon Habila, Max Lobe, Koleka Putuma, Sarah Ladipo Manyika

Translations for books by Helon Habila, Max Lobe, Koleka Putuma, and Sarah Ladipo Manyika are currently available for your reading pleasure. Title:  Drei Weise Aus Dem Bantuland Author: Max Lobe Translator: Katharina Triebner-Cabald Publishing Date: November 6, 2020 Original title:  La Trinité bantoue Publisher:  Austernbank Translation: French to German Blurb:  With his university diploma, Mwána […]

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Helon Habila at Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 5.

Helon Habila featured at Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 5 from Centreville, USA on Sunday, August 2, 2020. He was hosted by Tolu Daniel. 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 […]

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Helon Habila, Saidiya Hartman on James Tait Black Memorial Prize 2020 shortlists.

Helon Habila’s Travellers and Saidiya Hartman’s Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval are on the shortlists for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize 2020 announced on June 22, 2020. The James Tait Black Memorial Prizes, awarded for literature written in the English language, are Britain’s oldest literary awards. The prizes, based at […]

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Grand Prix des Associations Littéraires 2019 finalists announced.

The finalists for the Grand Prix des Associations Littéraires 2019 were announced on May 7, 2020. The Grand Prix des Associations Littéraires (Grand Prix of Literary Associations) were launched in Cameroon in 2013. They were then defined as bilingual English-and-French literary prizes awarded on the proposals of literary associations, especially in the Research and Belles-Lettres […]

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Helon Habila’s “Travellers” for June 6 debut.

Helon Habila’s newest novel Travellers, published by Penguin, will be available starting June 6, 2019. Helon Habila first came to continental fame when he won the second edition of the Caine Prize in 2001. The Nigerian novelist and poet would then go on to a very good literary career starting with Waiting for an Angel: […]

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Abantu Book Festival 2018 artist line up unveiled.

The Abantu Book Festival 2018 artist line up was announced on the event’s social media platforms on October 23, 2018. The festival now in its third year is set for Soweto, South Africa from December 6-9, 2018. The Abantu Book Festival was founded in 2016 to build a space for black South African readers and […]

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African writers converge for Berlin’s first African Book Festival.

Writers from across the African continent converged on Berlin for the first African Book Festival with Chris Abani as the headliner on April 26-28, 2018. Organised by the InterKontinental and curated by Olumide Popoola, the festival looked at transnationalism and migration in a more literary sense of “keeping in motion”. Berlin has a very unique […]

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Jowhor Ile wins the Etisalat Prize for Literature 2016

Jowhor Ile is the winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature 2016. There was a buzz at the Federal Palace Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria when the most hype award ceremony in African literature happened on May 20, 2017. The event kicked off with poeting from one of the brightest in the today as Titilope Sonuga […]

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Ngugi Wa Thiong’o to headline action packed Ake Festival 2016

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o will be the headline guest at this year’s edition of Ake Festival 2016. Ngugi, who will sit in conversation with Okey Ndibe about his life and work, will be joined by a galaxy of stars in the African literary space. This year’s edition is themed “Beneath this Skin.’ 15-19 November 2016 are […]


No Africans for Windham Campbell Prize in 2016

There were no Africans in the Windham Campbell Prize selections that were announced earlier in the month. Sob. So every year, we all eagerly look through our emails hoping to hear that we are the winners of the coolest awards on the planet. This award was founded by lifelong partners, Donald Windham and Sandy M. […]


Gillian Slovo and Helon Habila to judge Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2016

Gillian Slovo and Helon Habila are two of those who will be judging the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2016. In September, I mentioned that the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2016 was open for business with those who win set to go home with £2,500 (US$3,835) if win the African category and £5,000 (US$7,670) if you […]


Mildred Barya wins Sylt Foundation African Writer´s Residency Award 2015

It official. Ugandan writer and poet Mildred Barya has been selected as the 2015 winner of the Sylt Foundation African Writer´s Residency Award. The residency includes a two months stay in a subsidized apartment on the German island of Sylt. She follows in the illustrious steps of folks like Nii Ayikwei Parkes (2014) and Chika […]

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Novels of Botswana in English launches in Gaberone; Lauri Kubuitsile in Sweden

A new academic book, Novels from Botswana written in English from 1930 to 2006, was launched at the University of Botswana Bookstore in Gaberone, Botswana last week. The book is written by Dr. Mary Lederer. Professor Arua E. Arua of the UB’s Department of English was the master of ceremonies. You can read more about […]

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Teju Cole, Helon Habila, and Ivan Vladislavić get paid! #WindamCampellPrize2015

We have a winner or rather a list of winners for the Winham Campbell Prize 2015. And just like last year when Aminatta Forna was feted, there is an African in the list. In fact this year there are three; Teju Cole, Helon Habila, and Ivan Vladislavić all who are writers of fiction. The first […]

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Zimbabwe’s Blessing Musariri wins Crime Fiction Contest

Cordite books is a new, publishing company for genre fiction based in Lagos, Nigeria jointly owned by Parrésia Publishers and Award winning writer Helon Habila. They publisher is aimed at writing African fiction for African audiences; the writers we assume are Africans of course. Their first project was last year when they made a call […]