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South African Writers Call Out African Flavour Books for Non-payment and Non-communication, Petition Sunday Times to Drop Founder Fortiscue Helepi as Alan Paton Award Judge

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In October 2018, African Flavour Books, the popular South African bookstore founded in 2015 by Fortiscue Helepi, which stocked only books by black Africans, posted a message on its Facebook page. But by January, writers were tweeting: Does anyone know the real story with African Flavour Books in Braam? — Phaṱhu (@PhathuMusitha) January 2, 2019 […]

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Win Copies of Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf in Narrative Landscape Press’ Ongoing Competition

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Narrative Landscape Press, the Nigerian publishers of Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf, recently announced a competition which will see successful participants win copies of the novel. This competition will run through the month of April. Excerpts from the book will be posted on our Medium page with links to the page published on our social […]

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Rania Mamoun’s Short Story Collection, Thirteen Months of Sunrise, Forthcoming from Comma Press, Is a Complex, Moving Illumination of Contemporary Sudan

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Manchester-based independent publisher Comma Press will be releasing the Sudanese writer Rania Mamoun’s short story collection Thirteen Months of Sunrise. The collection won the 2017 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants, for its translator from Arabic, Elisabeth Jaquette. In an email to Brittle Paper, Comma Press’ publicity and outreach officer Zoe Turner explained that the book, which […]

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2031 | Y’I Oche | Fiction

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  “It’s becoming too dangerous,” Laila said with a pardonable expression of fear. For a minute she sat stone silent, regal in a blue and orange, polka-dotted ankara gown, coffee steaming off the mug in her hands. She took a long draught of the liquid, eyes staring over the rim at her daughter. “We are […]

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Enter for the 2019 AFREADA x Africa Writes Competition, with a Writing Prompt from Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities

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With the 2019 Africa Writes Festival coming in July, AFREADA magazine has announced its third annual contest in partnership with the UK’s biggest African literature event. The AFREADA x Africa Writes Competition will see participants develop a story about social class based on a passage from the festival co-headliner Chigozie Obioma’s second novel An Orchestra […]

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Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, Nthikeng Mohlele, Imraan Coovadia Lead Diverse Longlist for Sunday Times’ Barry Ronge Fiction Prize

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Sunday Times newspaper has announced the longlists for the Alan Paton Award and the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. Founded in 2000, the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize, named after the arts commentator Barry Ronge, honours novels of “rare imagination and style, a tale so compelling as to become an enduring landmark of contemporary fiction.” THE LONGLIST […]

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Submit to the $12,000 Graywolf Press Africa Prize for Novel Manuscripts, Judged by A. Igoni Barrett

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The 2019 Graywolf Press Africa Prize is now open to submissions. The award, launched in 2017 by the publishing house Graywolf Press, with the Nigerian novelist A. Igoni Barrett as judge, recognizes “a first novel manuscript by an African author primarily residing in Africa”—with a $12,000 advance, publication in the US and Italy by Graywolf […]

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Longlist for 30th Sunday Times’ Alan Paton Award Showcases Explorations of Southern Africa’s Histories, Presents, and Promises

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Sunday Times newspaper has announced the longlists for the Alan Paton Award and the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. Founded in 1989, “as Apartheid began to crumble,” the Alan Paton Award is in its 30th year. It recognizes a book that offers “the illumination of truthfulness, especially those forms of it that are new, delicate, unfashionable […]

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Night and Again | Salvy Snr | Fiction

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  * The nights are gathering, quickly, and you’ve been sitting on this silent bench in the front yard concrete […]

Photos | Leila Aboulela Launches New Novel at the Lahore Lit Festival

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The seventh annual Lahore Literary Festival (LLF) took place from Feb. 22 to 24 at the Alhamra Arts Center, Mall […]

A Place is Illuminated in and by Absence | Emmanuel Iduma & Kọlá Túbọ̀sún in Conversation

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Emmanuel Iduma is the author of two books, Farad/A Sound of Things to Come (2012) and A Stranger’s Pose (2018). […]

#PoetryTalk | Different Poems Travel Different Routes | Interview with Toyin Adewale-Gabriel

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Toyin Adewale-Gabriel is a Nigerian poet, short story writer, literary critic and activist. She was cofounder and coordinator for several […]

Here is How to Join Netflix and Triggerfish’s All-African Team of Female Writers

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You may have heard the news about Netflix picking up Malenga Mulendema’s Mama K’s Team 4, an animation story about […]

Netflix Acquires Mama K’s Team 4, a Futuristic Animation Series Set in Zambia

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Netflix has acquired rights to stream Mama K’s Team 4. An animation series set in a futuristic Lusaka, the story chronicles […]

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