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Photos | Leila Aboulela Launches New Novel at the Lahore Lit Festival

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The seventh annual Lahore Literary Festival (LLF) took place from Feb. 22 to 24 at the Alhamra Arts Center, Mall Road. Over 160 delegates from Pakistan and the world over convened to explore all things literature in 75 sessions over the course of three days. Leila Aboulela—one of our favorite writers—was there as a featured […]

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A Place is Illuminated in and by Absence | Emmanuel Iduma & Kọlá Túbọ̀sún in Conversation

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Emmanuel Iduma is the author of two books, Farad/A Sound of Things to Come (2012) and A Stranger’s Pose (2018). He is also the co-founder of Saraba Magazine, and a teacher at the MFA Art Writing Program, School of Visual Arts, New York City. I caught up with him over several weeks to discuss his […]

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#PoetryTalk | Different Poems Travel Different Routes | Interview with Toyin Adewale-Gabriel

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Toyin Adewale-Gabriel is a Nigerian poet, short story writer, literary critic and activist. She was cofounder and coordinator for several years of the Association of Women Writers of Nigeria. Her works include: Naked Testimonies (1995), Die Aromaforscherin (1998), Flackernde Kerzen (1999), and 16 Short Stories by Nigerian Women Writers (2005), and Bitter Chocolate (2010). She […]

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#PoetryTalk | Poetry, Like All Art, Is Essential to Our Lives Today: Interview with Kwame Dawes

  An interview with Kwame Dawes, multiple award-winning author of twenty-one books of poetry and numerous other books of fiction, criticism, and essays. He is Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and teaches at the University of Nebraska and the Pacific MFA Program. He is Director of the African Poetry Book Fund and Artistic Director of the Calabash […]

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#PoetryTalk | A Poem Is an Attempt to Find the Essence of Things: Interview with Richard Ali

  Nigerian writer, Lawyer and publisher Richard Ali is the featured guest of this week’s #PoetryTalk interview series. We discuss his debut poetry collection, The Anguish and Vigilance of Things, and love, identity, places, extremism, Arabic poetry and literary collectives and collaborations across Africa.     *** Uche Congrats on your debut poetry collection! For […]

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Namwali Serpell Announces 26 Dates for The Old Drift Book Tour

Namwali Serpell has announced a number book events in the US, the UK, Germany, and Zambia. The Zambian-American writer is fast becoming the toast of the literary world. Her debut novel, Old Drift, was published on March 26, and the buzz around the book is gaining some serious momentum. Apparently, Salman Rushdie loves it so […]

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Leila Aboulela’s New Novel, Bird Summons, Is Magic-infused and Folklore-inspired

Leila Aboulela is one Africa’s most beloved storytellers. Her readers can’t get enough of her evocative writing and the memorable characters that swarm her fictional world. Well, they are in luck. Aboulela has a new novel out. The novel is titled Bird Summons and was published in the UK on March 7 by Weidenfeld & […]

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#PoetryTalk | Being a Poet Involves Crying Out About Injustice: Interview with Unoma Azuah

Unoma Azuah teaches writing at the Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago. In 2011 she was listed as one of the top professors at small private colleges in the United States in the online publication, Affordable/Private Colleges and Universities in the United States. A prolific author, Azuah has been a guest lecturer at Yale University, Connecticut […]

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South African Writers Call Out African Flavour Books for Non-payment and Non-communication, Petition Sunday Times to Drop Founder Fortiscue Helepi as Alan Paton Award Judge

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In October 2018, African Flavour Books, the popular South African bookstore founded in 2015 by Fortiscue Helepi, which stocked only […]

Win Copies of Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf in Narrative Landscape Press’ Ongoing Competition

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Narrative Landscape Press, the Nigerian publishers of Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf, recently announced a competition which will see successful […]

Rania Mamoun’s Short Story Collection, Thirteen Months of Sunrise, Forthcoming from Comma Press, Is a Complex, Moving Illumination of Contemporary Sudan

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Manchester-based independent publisher Comma Press will be releasing the Sudanese writer Rania Mamoun’s short story collection Thirteen Months of Sunrise. […]

2031 | Y’I Oche | Fiction

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  “It’s becoming too dangerous,” Laila said with a pardonable expression of fear. For a minute she sat stone silent, […]

Enter for the 2019 AFREADA x Africa Writes Competition, with a Writing Prompt from Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities

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With the 2019 Africa Writes Festival coming in July, AFREADA magazine has announced its third annual contest in partnership with […]

Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, Nthikeng Mohlele, Imraan Coovadia Lead Diverse Longlist for Sunday Times’ Barry Ronge Fiction Prize

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Sunday Times newspaper has announced the longlists for the Alan Paton Award and the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. Founded in […]

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