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BookShyBooks blog, run by Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed, has compiled a list of 12 female Zimbabwean writers and their works.

The list contains such known titles as Tsitsi Dangaremgba’s novels Nervous ConditionsThe Book of Not and the forthcoming This Mournable Body; Yvonne Vera’s Why Don’t You Carve Other Animals?Nehanda, Without a NameUnder The TongueButterfly Burning and The Stone Virgins; Petina Gappah’s story collections An Elegy for Easterly and Rotten Row, and her novel The Book of Memory; NoViolet Bulawayo’s novel We Need New Names; Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s story collection Shadows and her new novel House of Stone; and Panashe Chigumadzi’s novel Sweet Medicine and her new nonfiction book These Bones Will Rise Again.

Also included are Bryony Rheam’s This September Sun; Danai Gurira’s In the Continuum and Familiar; Nozipo J. Maraire’s Zenzele: A Letter for My Daughter; Sue Nyathi’s The Polygamist and The Gold Diggers; Irene Sabatini’s The Boy Next Door and Peace and Conflict; and Doris Lessing’s The Grass is Singing, The Golden Notebook, and her collection African Stories. 

Read the list on BookShyBooks.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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