The literary project Stimmen Afrikas will publish the German edition of the anthology New Daughters of Africa, Neue Töchter Afrikas, in May 2023. The collection will be published by UNRAST Verlag, Münster.
The original collection was published by Myriad in the UK and by Amistad in the US in 2019. It was curated and edited by Margaret Busby along with a team of Black women from North Rhine-Westphalia. In the German edition, all texts will be translated into German by Aminata Cissé Schleicher and Eleonore Wiedenroth-Coulibaly. The foreword to the German collection will be written by author and editor Marion Kraft.
Read the book description of the original anthology below:
A glorious portrayal of the richness, magnitude, and range of these visionary writers, New Daughters of Africa spans a range of genres—autobiography, memoir, oral history, letters, diaries, short stories, novels, poetry, drama, humor, politics, journalism, essays, and speeches—demonstrating the diversity and extraordinary literary achievements of black women who remain underrepresented, and whose contributions continue to be underrated in world culture today.
stimmen afrikas hopes this innovative book project will “open conversations between the BIPoC community in Germany and intercontinental Black women writers” and “foster the discourse and cooperation between literature fans and literary professionals from Cologne and the rest of North Rhine-Westphalia, who are actively involved in the implementation of the international project.”
Beginning on October 26, stimmen afrikas will launch an event series to promote the new book project. The events include readings, discussions, and book presentations at various venues in Cologne and North Rhine-Westphalia.
For 13 years, stimmen afrikas has been providing a stage for new and award-winning authors from the African continent and the African diaspora in Cologne. The events hosted include readings of excerpts and conversations with the audience. Some prominent previous attendees are Abdulrazak Gurnah, Chimamanda N. Adichie, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, and Tsitsi Dangarembga.
We are excited to see the German edition of New Daughters of Africa and hope that German readers enjoy the anthology! Stay tuned for more details.