The 2016 collection of Caine Prize stories titled The Daily Assortment of Astonishing Things and Other Stories has a special place in our hearts.
A few months ago, Brittle Paper found itself at the center of conversations about the 2016 shortlisted Caine Prize stories. Our reviews of the stories kindled a series of productive conversations around the stories, their authors, and African literature. You might also recall that we interviewed each of the shortlisted authors. It’s been a few months since all the fun came to a dramatic close with the announcement of Lidudumalingani as the winner of the award. And we are delighted to share with you this collection of stories built around the 2016 edition of the prize.
With this new collection, readers get to enjoy all five shortlisted stories written by Abdul Adan, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Tope Folarin, Bongani Kona, and Lidudumalingani in one beautiful collection. There are 12 additional stories written by participants in writing workshops organized by the Caine Prize.
According to the publisher, New Internationalist Books, the collection is not only a “celebration of the award” but also a way to “bring African fiction to a wider audience.”