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Teju Cole Joins Harvard’s Department of English as Gore Vidal Professor of Creative Writing

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Teju Cole has joined Harvard University’s Department of English as the Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing. The information, which is yet to see an official announcement, is on Harvard’s Website, on a page that has been created for him, as well as on his own Website. This is his second time […]

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Always Another Country | Sisonke Msimang’s North America Book Tour

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Last October, Sisonke Msimang’s debut memoir Always Another Country was published by Jonathan Ball Publishers in South Africa. The account of her “exile childhood in Zambia and Kenya, young adulthood and college years in North America, and returning to South Africa in the euphoric 1990s” has drawn resonant praise. Baileys Prize-longlisted novelist Yewande Omotoso called it “a […]

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Chimamanda Adichie Adds Her Voice to Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis

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Chimamanda Adichie has added her voice to Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis, following efforts by Cameroonian novelists Imbolo Mbue and Patrice Nganang. Last year, Mbue wrote an essay for The Guardian UK while Patrice Nganang was arrested by the Cameroonian government, with Cameroonian writers and PEN America calling for his release. Adichie’s contribution comes in an op-ed […]

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Deji Olukotun’s Novels, Nigerians In Space and After The Flare, Optioned by Major Film Company

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Deji Olukotun’s novels Nigerians in Space and After the Flare have been optioned by major film company. The crime novelist shared this on his Website. “I’m thrilled to announce that my novels After the Flare and Nigerians in Space were optioned by a major film company!” he wrote. “This milestone is a huge vote of confidence in my writing, along with my […]

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Petina Gappah Is Working on a Rhodesia Trilogy Comprising a Comedy, a Tragedy, and an Epic

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Petina Gappah is working on a series, what she calls the Rhodesia Trilogy. The Zimbabwean writer and novelist, whose short story, “The News of Her Death,” was named by Sunday Times in their “100 Greatest Short Stories of All-Time,” shared the information on Facebook. Rhodesia was one of the colonial names of Zimbabwe—Southern Rhodesia was another—from 1898 to […]

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Nnedi Okorafor Announces New Project Due in December, Set in the Universe of Binti and Lagoon

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Fresh from her trending appearance at the Emmys with Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martins, Nnedi Okorafor has announced yet another project due in December. She made the revelation on Twitter. In it, she returns to the universe of her acclaimed, popular Binti trilogy and her novella Lagoon. Focused on a pregnant Nigerian-American doctor, Future […]

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Canadian-Ghanaian Esi Edugyan Makes Booker Prize Shortlist for the Second Consecutive Time

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Canadian-Ghanaian Esi Edugyan has been shortlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize for her third novel Washington Black. It is the 40-year-old’s second consecutive shortlisting for the prize. Her first was in 2011 for her bestselling second novel Half-Blood Blues, which also made the Women’s Prize shortlist in 2012, making her the third African to be shortlisted for […]

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Abubakar Ibrahim Leaves Paressia Publishers, Signs with Cassava Republic, Amid Speculation

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Novelist and journalist Abubakar Adam Ibrahim has left Parresia Publishers, his Nigerian publishers since 2011, to sign with Cassava Republic Press. He made the announcement on his Facebook wall. Ibrahim’s literary career took off in 2013 after the publication of his collection of stories, The Whispering Trees, and the shortlisting of its title story for […]

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Twitter Reacts to Nnedi Okorafor Attending the Emmys with George R.R. Martins

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Game of Thrones might have won yet another Emmy but the star attraction–at least for us—was Nnedi Okorafor who attended […]

Fred Khumalo, Rehana Rossouw Lead Novel-Dominated 2017/18 University of Johannesburg Prizes Shortlists

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The University of Johannesburg Prizes for South African Writing in English have released their 2017/18 shortlists. The six selected books […]

The 2018 Lagos International Poetry Festival Is Almost Here | How to Register

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The 2018 Lagos International Poetry Festival, the showpiece’s fourth edition, will take place from 31 October to 4 November at Freedom […]

The Inaugural Minna Book and Arts Festival To Be Headlined by Zaynab Alkali, First Northern Nigerian Female Novelist in English

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The inaugural Minna Book and Arts Festival will be held from 18-21 September in Minna, Niger State, Nigeria. It is an […]

David Rubadiri, Malawian Poet and Diplomat, Passes on at 88

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Malawian poet, academic, playwright, novelist and diplomat James David Rubadiri has passed on at 88. He died on 15 September. Born on 19 […]

Read Chapter One of Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s New Novel House of Stone

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Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s novel House of Stone, an exploration of family history, colonial Rhodesia, and the birth of modern Zimbabwe, was released […]

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