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The 2018 Open Book Festival has begun at The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town. The event, which is in its seventh year, will last from 5-9 September, with further activities at The District 6 Museum Homecoming Centre and The Book Lounge.

Among the 2018 guests are Aminatta Forna, whose fourth novel Happiness dropped earlier in the year; Chike Frankie Edozien, whose LAMBDA Award-winning 2017 memoir Lives of Great Men is the first by a gay Nigerian; Caine Prize and Gerald Kraak Award finalist Efemia Chela; Short Story Day Africa founder Rachel Zadok and their editing mentor Helen Moffett; Jacqui L’Ange, author of the 9Mobile Prize finalist The Seed Thief; Jennifer Malec, editor at The Johannesburg Review of Books; Lesley Nneka Arimah, author of the multi-awarded What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky; Mapule Mohulatsi, author of the children’s literature book Mizz President; the writer and journalist Mark Gevisser; Megan Ross, author of the poetry collection Milk Fever and winner of the 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Fiction; Mohale Mashigo, author of The Yearning; Nadia Davids, author of An Imperfect Blessing; Nick Mulgrew, founder of uHlanga Poetry Press, publisher of Koleka Putuma and Megan Ross; Niq Mhlongo, author of Soweto, Under the Apricot Tree; Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, author of Happiness is a Four-Letter Word and The Ones with Purpose; Yewande Omotoso, author of the Baileys Prize-longlisted The Woman Next Door, and Zukiswa Wanner, novelist and currently the curator of Goethe-Institut’s YA fiction talent search #AFROYOUNGADULT.

To keep up with the festival’s events, visit their Website.

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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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