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The Dissolving Center of Achebe’s Things Fall Apart? — Watch Episode 4 of Prof. Ato Quayson’s Vlog

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The fourth episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s vlog Critic.Reading.Writing is up! In this week’s episode, the Professor dives into the classic Things Fall Apart (1958) by Chinua Achebe. The title of the episode is “The Dissolving Center” in which Quayson traces the narrative decentralization of Okonkwo’s household and his status as a cultural representative of […]

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Namwali Serpell to Join Harvard English Department as Full Professor

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  Namwali Serpell announced on Twitter this week that she will be joining the Harvard English Department as Full Professor of English in Fall 2021. Serpell worked previously as Professor of English at University of California-Berkley where she began teaching in 2008. Her academic career is marked by numerous journal publications and three books of […]

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Check Out Mona Eltahawy’s Major New Look!

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American-Egyptian journalist, activist, and feminist Mona Eltahawy has a brand new look. Earlier this year, the author of Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls chopped her signature flaming red locks down to a buzzcut. She shared the new hairdo on Instagram, explaining why: “to say ‘Stay the fuck home so that the most vulnerable […]

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Scholarship and Mentorship Opportunity with Ellah P. Wakatama OBE (Open to Black British Writers)

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The Literary Consultancy (TLC) has launched a new scholarship aimed at providing “writers on low-income and/or from communities currently under-represented in publishing” with editorial mentorship and year-long access to TLC’s Chapter and Verse mentorship program. The 2020 scholarship is open exclusively to Black British writers and includes the mentorship of none other than Ellah P. […]

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Watch Joseph Adesunloye’s Documentary Film on The AKO Caine Prize

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A few weeks ago, the AKO Caine Prize organizers announced that the award dinner held at the British Library will not hold this year due to pandemic conditions. As an alternative, they commissioned British-Nigerian filmmaker Joseph Adesunloye to make a film celebrating the five shortlisted writers and highlighting the impact of the prize on African […]

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Two African Writers Featured in Beyoncé’s Black Is King Visual Album

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Beyoncé’s new visual album Black Is King is making waves, but the exciting part is that there are two African writers at the heart of the project. Warsan Shire’s poetry is featured while Yrsa Daley-Ward is one of the writers of the film. This is the third time that Beyoncé is featuring African writers in […]

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Ethiopian Author Mihret Sibhat’s Signs Book Deal for Debut Novel The History of a Difficult Child

Ethiopian Author Mihret Sibhat's Signs Book Deal for Debut Novel The History of a Difficult Child

Ethiopian author Mihret Sibhat’s debut novel The History of a Difficult Child, about “a girl child contending with familial & political upheaval in a small Ethiopian town in the 1980s,” will be published by Viking Press in 2022. Publishers Makertplace reports that the novel was sold to Allison Lorentzen at Viking by Ayesha Pande at […]

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Idza Luhumyo Wins Inaugural Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa Award

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Idza Luhumyo was recently announced as the winner of the inaugural Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa Award. The award had been launched in 2019 in conjunction with the publication of New Daughters of Africa, edited by Margaret Busby. Worth £20,000, it is offered to a black, female student ordinarily resident in Africa and covers […]

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Video | Zimbabwean Novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga Released After Her Arrest on July 31

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Days after Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga was longlisted for the Booker Prize, she was arrested while protesting. The arrest took […]

Founder of Modjaji Books Publishes New Memoir on Her Mother’s Final Years

Colleen Higgs, the founder and manager of Modjaji Books, has published a new memoir titled My Mother, My Madness (2020). Published […]

Handkerchief | Sharon Rose | Fiction

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My boyfriend, last of his mother’s six children, fourteenth of his father’s nineteen, bought his mother a house. So, we […]

On Desperate Pages | Chidinma Divine Iwu | Poetry

On Desperate Pages _ Chidinma Divine Iwu _ Poetry

Adéperó, Irekànmi envisages that i have been sozzled by the wine from Sobówalé’s keg and have chewed on nuts from […]

Tsitsi Dangarembga and Maaza Mengiste on 2020 Booker Prize Longlist

Maaza Mengiste and Tsitsi Dangarembga on 2020 Booker Prize Longlist

Ethiopian author Maaza Mengiste’s The Shadow King and Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangaremgba’s This Mournable Body are on the longlist of […]

Iskanchi Press & Mag Launches with a Call for Submissions

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Iskanchi Press is a new US-based independent publishing house founded by Nigerian writer and former Kachifo editor Kenechi Uzor. The […]

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