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Read Teju Cole’s Ravishingly Imagined, COVID-19-inspired Fable of a Mysterious City  

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Teju Cole is on top of his game in a new, Coronavirus-inspired short story published on LEVEL, a publication hosted on Medium. The ravishingly imagined “City of Pain” follows a traveller who arrives a holy city, Reggiana, whose citizens, rich and poor alike, are being plucked by “the Visitation,” a democratic hand of death. Remarkably, […]

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What If Frantz Fanon Worked for Leopold Sedar Senghor? 

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Leopold Sedar Senghor and Frantz Fanon were giants of postcolonial discourse. Senghor was Senegalese; he made his name as a poet and a leader of the Negritude movement and eventually became his country’s president. Fanon was Martinican, born in the French West Indian colony of Martinique, and became an influential psychiatrist and towering author in […]

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Watch Maaza Mengiste Talk Writing Ethiopia on PBS

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In a feature on the American TV program PBS, the novelist Maaza Mengiste talks about her home country, Ethiopia, which she has always written about. Her family had fled the country after Emperor Haile Selassie was overthrown in 1974. Although the intellectual class and citizens connected to the emperor were targeted, her family was able […]

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Mourning, Feeling, & Coping During Coronavirus Lockdown 

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Hours ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie shared a post on Facebook mourning her recently late aunt. In it she details her coping tips during this lockdown, how she deals with anxiety, fights paranoia, and allows herself her fair share of worry especially as her husband is a doctor who has diagnosed two cases of Coronavirus. She […]

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Namwali Serpell Wins the 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Award for The Old Drift

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Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift have been awarded the 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, one of US’ top awards that seek to contribute to the understanding of race, racism and human diversity. The Zambian-American author who was most recently announced one of the honorees of the Windham-Campbell Prize, was unveiled winner in the Fiction category. The […]

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Nnamdi Ehirim’s Debut Novel, Prince of Monkeys, Is a Powerful Portrait of Friendship, Religion, & Politics in ’80s-90s Nigeria

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The Nigerian novelist Nnamdi Ehirim’s debut, Prince of Monkeys, was published by Counterpoint Press exactly a year ago, on 2 April 2019. Set in the late 1980s to early 1990s, it follows a group of pop culture-and-politics-aware friends whose lives are upended after an anti-government riot and who go on to chart different paths. The […]

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Nadifa Mohamed’s Third Novel, The Fortune Men, Based on the True Story of Mahmood Mattan’s Wrongful Execution in Wales, Set for 2021 Release

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The publishing press Viking has acquired the Somali writer Nadifa Mohamed’s third novel, The Fortune Men, set in 1950s Cardiff and based on the real-life wrongful murder accusation and execution of a Somali man, Mahmood Mattan. The book—with UK and Commonwealth (excluding Canada) rights secured by Viking’s Mary Mount from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein […]

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Goretti Kyomuhendo Appointed to Commonwealth Foundation’s Advisory Governorship for Africa Region

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The Ugandan writer Goretti Kyomuhendo, Director of African Writers Trust (AWT), has been appointed Civil Society Advisory Governor by Commonwealth Foundation. She is one of five appointments, each representing a region: the academic Kalpana Kannabiran for Asia; University of the West Indies economics lecturer Marlene Attz for the Caribbean region; former Wellington, New Zealand mayor […]

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Bernardine Evaristo’s Latest Short Story, Her 12th Published, Is a Juicy Satire on Gender, Race, & Academia

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She might have eight books published, seven of which are novels, but Bernardine Evaristo is not so much of a […]

University of East Anglia Marks 50th Anniversary of Creative Writing with Project Exploring Interface of Literature and Technology

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PRESS RELEASE University of East Anglia Launches Landmark 50th Anniversary Project – Storytelling in a Digital Age The University of […]

Ohio University Press Releases US Edition of Billy Kahora’s Debut Story Collection 

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Ohio University Press has published the US edition of the Kenyan writer and Kwani? editor Billy Kahora’s debut short story […]

Watch Ainehi Edoro Discuss Brittle Paper’s Origins, Mission, and Future Directions

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Our founder and editor-in-chief Ainehi Edoro was recently featured on Left of Black, a weekly webcast hosted by Duke University […]

Interview | Feminist Library in Abidjan Challenges the Erasure of Women from Africa’s Political History

Last week, we shared the news of an Abidjan-based library focused on women’s writings from the continent and the Diaspora. […]

Warscapes Magazine Seeks Video Entries: Open Call: The Corona Notebooks

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Bhakti Shringarpure, Editor-in-Chief of Warscapes magazine and author of Cold War Assemblages: Decolonization to Digital, has issued a call for […]

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