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Maaza Mengiste Receives $10,000 American Academy of Arts & Letters Award in Literature

Ethiopian-American author Maaza Mengiste is one of eight writers to receive the 2020 Arts and Letters Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Each year, the Academy awards “literature prizes, totaling $350,000, to honor both established and emerging writers of fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry.” Mengiste was recognized alongside Viet Thanh […]

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Be Thou Holy | Charles Kadib | Fiction

ANOTHER CHURCH WAS opened at my street today. Maybe not exactly today, but at least sometime this week. It would be the fourth church to be opened on my street. On our way out, my sister and I peeped in to survey the population as we always do. It was just like the three others […]

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We Wait for You | Femi Ayo-Tubosun | Fiction

BOTTLES AND GUNS are our way of life. When you travel on lonely roads, you look for us in every darkness that moves. You are expecting us, so you come along with a bag of money. We are there waiting for you. Tonight, we are covert and we wait for you to stop. We wait […]

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An Open Secret | Mary-Brenda Akoda | Fiction

THE COMMOTION AND shrill rumble of tyres against the pavement were the only indicators that they had come. Quickly, I woke from a nightmare not too different from this one and willed myself out of bed, floating through our bungalow as silently and swiftly as I could. Our Swiss-made steel backdoor and front door were […]

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We Need To Talk | Adhiambo Adongo | Fiction

IT WAS A warm, humid night in the lakeside city of Kisumu. Under a starless sky, the women, seated on an assortment of plastic chairs, sang hymns. Between them and what had two days ago been a grass-thatched mud hut stood a decade-old mango tree. The hut had undergone a hurried transmutation overnight, and in […]

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The Hour of Judgment | Edith Knight Magak | Fiction

THE HOUR OF judgment has come upon me, and my hope for redemption is pegged on a needle, sorcery, and a razor blade. If all fail—no, I will not think of that possibility. “Adala, Adala, look, the stool of loyalty is here.” Nyanaga’s excited voice breaks into my thoughts, and I watch passively as my […]

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RadioBook Rwanda | Huza Press Releases Hybrid Books Combining Words, Art, & Sound

Last May, we brought news of Huza Press’ new hybrid books imprint RadioBook Rwanda, a collaborative project with Kenya’s Kwani? and UK’s No Bindings funded by the British Council. Hybrid books, hailed as a new approach to form and community publishing, are multi-media literary publications that integrate text, pictures, and sound. Artists and short story writers work together to […]

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This Is How We Love | Diriye Osman | Introduction to Go the Way Your Blood Beats: New Short Fiction from Africa

On 8 April, Brittle Paper will publish Go the Way Your Blood Beats: New Short Fiction from Africa, an anthology of twelve short stories exploring queerness in Southern Africa. Edited by the South African writer Anathi Jongilanga, it is introduced by the Somali author & visual artist Diriye Osman. __________________________________________________________ THIS IS HOW WE LOVE […]

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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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