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Namwali Serpell’s Forthcoming Essay Collection, Stranger Faces, Dissects the Mythology & Mutability of the Human Face

She’s best known as the sublime fiction writer behind The Old Drift, but Namwali Serpell is also a distinguished critic and essayist. For starters, the Zambian novelist, an associate professor of English at UC Berkeley, published her first book of literary criticism Seven Modes of Uncertainty in 2014 and then won The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for […]

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#BooksAsOutfits Is the Twitter Trend for Lovers of Books and Fashion

If, like we do, you have a thing for beautiful book covers, then you might want to check out the latest Twitter trend: #BooksAsOutfits. Readers are battling COVID-19 lockdown boredom by sharing photos of books while wearing clothes of similar colours: it’s literature meets fashion at its most accessible. Here are a few posts from […]

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Apply to Africa in Dialogue’s Internship Program to Learn the Art of Interviewing

The interview magazine Africa in Dialogue, founded by the Motswana writer Gaamangwe Joy Mogami, is calling for applications to its third bi-annual Internship Program. The Program’s director is the South African poet Nkateko Masinga, who co-won The 2019 Brittle Paper Anniversary Award. Here is the call below. _________________________________________________ Africa in Dialogue is excited to present […]

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What Will Post-pandemic Fiction Look Like?

Inevitably, every major global event affects the cultural production coming after it. So what will literature produced after and about a pandemic look like? Literary Hub senior editor Emily Temple offers suggestions for soon-to-arrive COVID-19 novels. Here’s an excerpt. It was only three days into our self-isolation that my husband turned to me and said: […]

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Memento, New Anthology Edited by Adedayo Agarau, Collects Notable Voices in Contemporary Nigerian Poetry 

The American publisher Animal Heart Press has released an anthology of Nigerian poetry. Titled Memento: An Anthology of Contemporary Nigerian Poetry and edited by Adedayo Agarau, it collects work by most of the notable voices in Nigerian poetry, including Sky Raining Fists author J.K. Anowe and fellow Brittle Paper Award for Poetry winner Itiola Jones, A […]

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Join Down River Road Magazine’s Virtual Book Club, Currently Reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez | #drrbookclub

down river road, the new Nairobi-based magazine exploring the alternative in literature, music, and visual art, has launched an online reading project. In “a reality that forces us to curtail how we gather,” the drr virtual book club, one of the magazine’s editors Frankline Sunday tells us, is its way of seeking “other ways of communing.” […]

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

Teju Cole is on top of his game in a new, Coronavirus-inspired short story published on LEVEL, a publication hosted on Medium. The ravishingly imagined “City of Pain” follows a traveller who arrives a holy city, Reggiana, whose citizens, rich and poor alike, are being plucked by “the Visitation,” a democratic hand of death. Remarkably, […]

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What If Frantz Fanon Worked for Leopold Sedar Senghor? 

Leopold Sedar Senghor and Frantz Fanon were giants of postcolonial discourse. Senghor was Senegalese; he made his name as a poet and a leader of the Negritude movement and eventually became his country’s president. Fanon was Martinican, born in the French West Indian colony of Martinique, and became an influential psychiatrist and towering author in […]

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Derek Owusu Awarded 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize

Derek Owusu Awarded 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize (1)

British author of Ghanaian heritage Derek Owusu has been awarded the 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize for his debut novel That […]

My Sister, The Serial Killer Wins Crime Fiction Book of the Year

My Sister, The Serial Killer Wins Crime Fiction Book of the Year

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s comic crime thriller, My Sister, The Serial Killer (2018), has won the 2020 British Book Award for Crime Fiction […]

“I Have Come Undone” | Adichie Writes Moving Statement on Grieving for Her Father

chimamanda Adichie tribute father james nwoye adichie

Chimamanda Adichie’s father, Professor James Nwoye Adichie, died on Wednesday June 10, 2020. Today, the author breaks her silence around […]

Submit to Ouida Books’ New Imprint on Technology in Africa

Ouida Books is Currently Accepting Submissions for Her New Imprint LWM (2)

Lagos-based publishing press Ouida Books is accepting submissions for its new imprint LWM. LMW is the third addition to the […]

Wayétu Moore Announces New Novel Exploring Mami Wata Mythology

Wayétu Moore Announces New Novel Exploring Mami Wata Mythology

Liberian-American author Wayétu Moore is staying busy and productive. Barely a year since the release of her widely praised memoir […]

Tsitsi Dangarembga Petitions Parliament of Zimbabwe for Removal of Health Minister Obadiah Moyo

Tsitsi Dangarembga Obadiah Moyo (1)

On June 19, 2020, Zimbabwe Health Minister Obadiah Moyo was arrested on corruption charges for engaging in an illegal 60 […]

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