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Ten Poets Shortlisted for the 2019 Brunel International African Poetry Prize

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Ten poets have been shortlisted for the 2019 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Among them are the Nigerian poets Inua Ellams and Mary-Alice Daniel who are making their third and second appearances on the shortlist, respectively. Founded by Bernardine Evaristo in 2013, the £3,000 prize—co-sponsored by Commonwealth Writers, Brunel University, London and the African Poetry Book Fund—is in […]

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#PoetryTalk | Being a Poet Involves Crying Out About Injustice: Interview with Unoma Azuah

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Unoma Azuah teaches writing at the Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago. In 2011 she was listed as one of the top professors at small private colleges in the United States in the online publication, Affordable/Private Colleges and Universities in the United States. A prolific author, Azuah has been a guest lecturer at Yale University, Connecticut […]

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Distance of Days | Teju Cole

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(In Memoriam Bisi Silva. In Memoriam Okwui Enwezor.)   1. O. shows up in my dream last night. He is standing there as though listening to something. Wearing a dark, beautifully-cut suit, as usual. There’s a great look of concentration on his face. He says nothing but, finally, he takes off his jacket. He folds […]

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Bernard Dadié, Côte d’Ivoire’s Best Known Writer and National Icon, Passes on at 103

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Bernard Dadié, Côte d’Ivoire’s best known writer and former Minister of Culture, has passed on at age 103, on 9 March 2019. His novels, plays and poetry—which have been described as attempting to connect the contemporary world, as shaped by colonialism, to messages in traditional African folktales—were inspiration for the Negritude movement, with his poem “Je […]

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Read an Excerpt from Laila Lalami’s New Novel, The Other Americans

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Laila Lalami’s new novel The Other Americans—released on 26 March 2019 by Pantheon, an imprint of Penguin Random House—is a family saga, a murder mystery, and a love story. The 320-page book traces the death of a Moroccan immigrant in the US whose demise brings together a range of characters “deeply divide by race, religion, […]

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Narrative Landscape Press to Release Nigerian Edition of Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf in April

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The publishing company Narrative Landscape Press is gearing up for its release of the Nigerian edition of Marlon James’ highly anticipated new novel Black Leopard, Red Wolf, the first in his Dark Star Trilogy. Described by the author as “an African Game of Thrones,” the book has already been optioned for film adaptation by Black Panther actor […]

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African Literary Digest: 101 Notable Pieces of 2018

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It was inevitable: compiling a list as monstrous as this would consume time, cause a delay. But here we are. 2018 came with its own firsts and highs. A new major publishing house came on board: The Indigo Press, founded by the distinguished Zimbabwean editor and critic Ellah Allfrey. A new major magazine: Kabaka, dedicated to publishing queer-centered […]

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Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Diana Evans Longlisted for the 2019 Rathbones Folio Prize

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The Zimbabwean novelist Novuyo Rosa Tshuma and the British-Nigerian novelist Diana Evans have been longlisted for the £30,000 Rathbones Folio Prize, for their respective novels House of Stone and Ordinary People. Tshuma’s House of Stone recently won the 2019 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award while Evans’ Ordinary People was longlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction. Here is […]

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Ben Okri to Headline the 2019 African Book Festival in Berlin, with Ainehi Edoro, Musa Okwonga as Moderators | All the Guests + Key Events

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Ben Okri will headline the 2019 African Book Festival in Berlin, curated by Tsitsi Dangarembga, where panels will be moderated by Brittle […]

Gerald Kraak Prize Anthology, Trifonia Melibea Obono, Uzodinma Iweala Shortlisted for the 2019 LAMBDA Literary Awards

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Four books by Africans have been shortlisted for the 2019 LAMBDA Literary Awards for literature about LGBTQI+ people. Equatoguinean writer […]

Praxis Magazine Announces Seven Poetry Chapbooks for Its 2019-20 Publication Series

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Praxis magazine has selected seven poetry chapbooks for its 2019-20 publication series. The announcement, made on its website, included submissions from […]

Poetry Collective & Press Konya Shamsrumi Gets New Columnist-Bloggers in Tafirenyika, Anena, Grieder, Gatawa, and Sabuke

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The poetry collective and press Konya Shamsrumi (KSR) has announced new columnist-bloggers for its website. They are: Tinashe Tafirenyika, the two-time National Arts Merit […]

Chigozie Obioma, New Daughters of Africa Contributors, to Headline the 2019 Africa Writes Festival

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Three conversations—with the Nigerian novelist Chigozie Obioma, with the contributors to New Daughters of Africa anthology, and one on poetry—will […]

#PoetryTalk | I Write Outside the Margins: Interview with Adura Ojo

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In this edition of #PoetryTalk, Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike chats with Adura Ojo about her writing. In the interview, she talks […]

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