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Namwali Serpell Wins the 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Award for The Old Drift

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Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift have been awarded the 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, one of US’ top awards that seek to contribute to the understanding of race, racism and human diversity. The Zambian-American author who was most recently announced one of the honorees of the Windham-Campbell Prize, was unveiled winner in the Fiction category. The […]

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University of East Anglia Marks 50th Anniversary of Creative Writing with Project Exploring Interface of Literature and Technology

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PRESS RELEASE University of East Anglia Launches Landmark 50th Anniversary Project – Storytelling in a Digital Age The University of East Anglia (UEA) is today announcing a major strand of its ambitious CW50 anniversary campaign, which celebrates 50 years of Creative Writing at UEA. The landmark project – called Future and Form – will see […]

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Ohio University Press Releases US Edition of Billy Kahora’s Debut Story Collection 

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Ohio University Press has published the US edition of the Kenyan writer and Kwani? editor Billy Kahora’s debut short story collection. The book, titled The Cape Cod Bicycle War and Other Stories, is the latest addition to the press’ Modern African Writing Series and was released in March 2020. It was first published in 2019 […]

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Six Poets Shortlisted for the 2020 Brunel International African Poetry Prize

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Six poets have been shortlisted for the 2020 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Among the list, which is dominated by women, are the Nigerian poet Inua Ellams and Mauritian poet Saradha Soobrayen, who are making a fourth and second appearance on the shortlist, respectively. Founded by Bernardine Evaristo in 2013, the £3,000 prize—co-sponsored by Commonwealth […]

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Laila Lalami’s Forthcoming Memoir Conditional Citizens Recounts Her Journey from Moroccan Immigrant to U.S. Citizen

Moroccan-American author Laila Lalami has a new book forthcoming on April 28, 2020 from Pantheon Books. Titled Conditional Citizens, the memoir details Lalami’s journey from her home country Morocco to the United States, and her experiences as an immigrant in America. At 208 pages, the book is Laila Lalami’s debut work as a memoirist, and […]

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Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim Longlisted for the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award

Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim are both on the longlist of the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award. The annual book prize is presented on behalf of Virginia Commonwealth University MFA in Creative Writing Program and sponsored by James Branch Cabell Library Associates, VCU Libraries, the VCU Department of English, Barnes & Noble @ VCU, and the […]

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Zambian-American Novelist Namwali Serpell Wins $165,000 as a Recipient of the 2020 Windham-Campbell Prize

Zambian-American author Namwali Serpell is one of the eight authors awarded the 2020 Windham-Campbell Prizes. At $165,000 per winner, the prize is one of the richest literary prizes in the world. The 2020 prize is largely dominated by women. Seven out of the eight are women. Serpell was honored for fiction alongside Chinese-American author Yiyun; […]

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20.35 Africa Poetry Series Is Offering Personal Consultations with Cheswayo Mphanza to Help Raise Money to Register the Collective as an NGO

As part of 20.35 Africa’s fundraising efforts to register the poetry collective as an NGO, they are organizing an online one-on-one consultation with award-winning poet Cheswayo Mphanza. The programme, which is scheduled to run from March 9 to March 31, is aimed at helping emerging poets to better understand their craft. It would address such […]

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Read Teju Cole’s Ravishingly Imagined, COVID-19-inspired Fable of a Mysterious City  

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Teju Cole is on top of his game in a new, Coronavirus-inspired short story published on LEVEL, a publication hosted […]

What If Frantz Fanon Worked for Leopold Sedar Senghor? 

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Leopold Sedar Senghor and Frantz Fanon were giants of postcolonial discourse. Senghor was Senegalese; he made his name as a […]

Watch Maaza Mengiste Talk Writing Ethiopia on PBS

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In a feature on the American TV program PBS, the novelist Maaza Mengiste talks about her home country, Ethiopia, which […]

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Mourning, Feeling, & Coping During Coronavirus Lockdown 

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Hours ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie shared a post on Facebook mourning her recently late aunt. In it she details her […]

Namwali Serpell Wins the 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Award for The Old Drift

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Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift have been awarded the 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, one of US’ top awards that seek […]

Nnamdi Ehirim’s Debut Novel, Prince of Monkeys, Is a Powerful Portrait of Friendship, Religion, & Politics in ’80s-90s Nigeria

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The Nigerian novelist Nnamdi Ehirim’s debut, Prince of Monkeys, was published by Counterpoint Press exactly a year ago, on 2 […]

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