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Tsitsi Dangarembga. Photo credit: unknown.

The guest list for the 2017 Abantu Book Festival has been revealed. The event, to be held from 7-10 December 2017, is set to be graced by everybody from Tsitsi Dangarembga, author of the classic, Nervous Conditions, to Zakes Mda, author of twenty-nine works, most recently Little Suns, which won the 2017 Barry Ronge Fiction Prize.

Founded last year by the festival director Thando Mgqolozana, the Abantu Book Festival is a platform for black writers in the white-dominated literary landscape of South Africa. Its mission is “to create a platform that amplifies the voices of black writers, as well as be a home for black readers.” It “envisions itself as an annual pilgrimage and sanctuary for its participants and visitors.”

Sisonke Msimang won the Brittle Paper Award for Essays/Think Pieces.

Also on the list are Ayobami Adebayo, author of the Baileys Prize finalist Stay With Me; Sisonke Msimang, winner of the Brittle Paper Award for Essays/Think Pieces; Kopano Matlwa, whose Period Pain will be out in the US and UK in 2018 as Evening Primrose, having sold to 9 international publishers; Zukiswa Wanner, K Sello Duiker Memorial Literary Award-winning author of The Madams, Behind Every Successful ManMen of the South, and London Cape Town Joburg; Nthinkeng Mohlele, whose Pleasure won the University of Johannesburg Main Prize; Mohale Mashigo, whose The Yearning won the University of Johannesburg Debut Prize; and Sifizo Mzobe, whose 2011 debut, Young Blood, received the Herman Charles Bosman Prize, The Sunday Times Fiction Prize, a South African Literary Award, and the Wole Soyinka Prize.

Nthinkeng Mohlele (L) and Mohale Mashigo (R), winners of the Main and Debut prizes of the University of Johannesburg Prizes. Photo credit: unknown.

Here is part of the announcement.

Following the phenomenal success of its inaugural year, Abantu Book Festival announces the line-up for its second edition, which takes place on 7-10 December 2017.

Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Mofolo hosts free day events from 09:00, while evening sessions take place at the Soweto Theatre from 18:00, at just R20 per person. Guests attending the evening events are advised to book their seats early.

The line-up hints at a lively and highly topical programme, featuring panel discussions, in-conversations, poetry, hands-on writing workshops, children’s activities, film screenings, as well as music. Visitors should look forward to an Abantu weekend that grapples with, interrogates, and illuminates the stories of black lives.

See the full list of guests HERE.

Book seats for events HERE.

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OTOSIRIEZE is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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