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Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing Is Mandatory Reading for Stanford University Freshers

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Yaa Gyasi’s multigenerational novel Homegoing is now mandatory reading for freshers at her alma mater, Stanford University. The heavy-hitting first novel was chosen as part of the university’s “Three Books” programme in which freshers are encouraged to read three recommended books. Set in Ghana and the US, Homegoing spans three centuries and seven generations, and follows […]

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EVENT: Afridiaspora Magazine to Host Zukiswa Wanner in New York

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A few days after the African Literature Association (ALA) Festival at Yale University, another event is upon us. Afridiaspora magazine will be hosting Zukiswa Wanner in New York. The South African novelist will be reading from her fourth novel London, Cape Town, Joburg, which was published in 2014 and won the 2015 K Sello Duiker […]

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Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 Wins the 2017 Internationaler Literaturpreis Award in Germany

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Congo’s Fiston Mwanza Mujila has won the 2017 Internationaler Literaturpreis Award for the German translation of his first novel Tram 83. Awarded annually by Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the foundation Elementarteilchen, the Internationaler Literaturpreis Award, known in English as the International Literature Award, is a prize for “international prose translated into German for the first […]

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With His 20th Book, Jose Eduardo Agualusa Is the Second African to Win the International Dublin Literary Award

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Angola’s Jose Eduardo Agualusa has won the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion, making him the second African to do so and the first writer generally whose work had been translated from Portuguese. Formerly the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the annual prize is in its twenty-second year and, […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Submit to Enkare Review’s Second Issue

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Enkare Review is currently open for submissions. The magazine’s Issue 1 was released in April and included an interview with The New Yorker editor David Remnick. Since its founding in August 2016, the magazine has published such notable names as Junot Diaz, Nnedi Okoroafor, Maaza Mengiste, Namwali Serpell, and Ikhide Ikheloa. Read their submission guidelines below, […]

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The Inaugural Gerald Kraak Award Anthology Released

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The inaugural Gerald Kraak Award anthology has been released. Titled Pride and Prejudice: African Perspectives on Gender, Social Justice and Sexuality, the anthology collects the fourteen shortlisted entries to the prize. The award had been co-won by the Kenyan short story writer Farah Ahamed, for her “Poached Eggs,” and the Ugandan-born Kenyan photographer Sarah Waiswa for […]

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All You Need To Know About the First Bissau-Guinean Novel to Be Translated Into English

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Abdulai Sila’s new book is a gift. It really is. African literature is spread across linguistic regions that are pretty much culturally cut off from each other. This means that the vast majority of interesting literary work coming out of the French-, Portuguese-, and Spanish-speaking parts of Africa never make their way to those of […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for the 2017 Babishai Haiku Contest

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The 2017 Babishai Haiku Contest is open for submissions. Only African poets resident in Africa, who have not yet published a full-length collection of poetry by July 2017, are eligible. The organisers will be considering only haiku poems that are Africa-themed. The submissions must contain clear images, settings and juxtaposition. They must also be concise, […]

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  THE university campus in Nsukka was full of ixora, and it was beside one of the trimmed hedges in […]

Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing Is Mandatory Reading for Stanford University Freshers

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Yaa Gyasi’s multigenerational novel Homegoing is now mandatory reading for freshers at her alma mater, Stanford University. The heavy-hitting first […]

EVENT: Afridiaspora Magazine to Host Zukiswa Wanner in New York

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A few days after the African Literature Association (ALA) Festival at Yale University, another event is upon us. Afridiaspora magazine […]