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The Horribly Violent True Story Behind Lauren Beukes’ Shinning Girls

  Really sad story. The Shinning Girls is a gripping thriller about a time traveling serial killer who slit the guts open of his female victims. I read the novel last summer, and it certainly was tough to get through the details of these murders. The South African novelist said all along that she purposely played up […]

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Maillu Accuses Ngugi of Intellectual Prostitution

David Maillu, a Kenyan genre fiction writer, calls Ngugi wa Thiongo out for living and working in America. Ngugi was forced to flee Kenya following his release from prison in the late 70s. {click here to learn more about his imprisonment.} He has since lived and taught in the US. Like Soyinka and Nadine Gordimer, I’ve […]

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Adichie Shares Her Thoughts on Making Up and Other Girlie Matters

I remember “fighting” with Chika Unigwe on twitter over the merits of being a makeup girl versus a shoe-loving girl. She said something about making up being laborious and shoes being such divine things. To cut long story short, I lost the battle. I would later find out that, in addition to being a brilliant […]

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African Literary Photo of the Week: Arrest That Book!

  A small treat to get your Wednesday off to a fun start. Teju Cole posted this photo on Facebook of three men in police uniform holding his novel. Pretty badass. No?  

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Book Festival of The Year! Stunning Photos From Ake Arts and Book Festival

For those of us who were not invited or who could not attend, we experienced the 2013 Ake Arts and Book Festival (AABF) vicariously through tweets and Facebook updates. For six days, writers, artists, bloggers, industry heavyweights, public school students, reporters, and book lovers from all over gathered in Abeokuta to experience what some are calling the […]

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Caine Prizes and Poverty Pornstars — Bulawayo Takes Swipe At Habila

A few days ago, Zimbabwean author, Noviolet Bulawayo, writes on her Facebook wall: Today I woke up to some South African love, and it’s very meaningful to me, for obvious reasons. I am remembering that my very first published story was by Munyori journal, and it meant a lot to have that Zim and African […]

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Selasi Says There’s No African Literature in Her Literary Utopia

The author of Ghana Must Go was asked to speak at a literary festival in Berlin. She gave a lecture in which she claimed that as far as categorizing literary forms go, “African literature” was meaningless and should be discarded.   I’ve excerpted the long lecture to highlight the main arguments. But is the category […]

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Must Watch Video! Adichie, Onyeka Onwenu, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Biyi Bandele on The Red Carpet of Half of a Yellow Sun London Premier

You’ve seen the pictures. Here is the red carpet interview of the Half of a Yellow Sun cast at the London premier. The film was premiered at the BFI film festival last month. Chimamanda still looks gorgeous in her threaded (kiko) hairdo. But this Bandele guy, though. Very fine man, no? LOL. Enjoy!

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Tomi Adeyemi Brings Black Girl Magic and Nigerian Excellence to Maison Valentino

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Last week, Italian fashion house Maison Valentino premiered its short film series entitled “In Conversation With” on YouTube featuring Nigerian-American […]

Between Colours, Senses, Words and Worlds: Harry Garuba’s Transition | Katleho Kano Shoro | Poetry

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For Professor Harry Garuba You are in a lime green, waterproof jacket hooded. Restlessly standing on the pavement— overhead: grey […]

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

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Moroccan-American author Laila Lalami has a new book forthcoming on April 28, 2020 from Pantheon Books. Titled Conditional Citizens, the […]

Neighbors (A Quarantine-Themed Fiction) | E. C. Osondu

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My neighbor Vinny Capriani is a great neighbor. I’m happy to have him as one. I live in a state […]

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

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Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim are both on the longlist of the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award. The annual […]

Credo Mutwa, Celebrated South African Healer and Author, Dies at 98

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Credo Mutwa, celebrated South African traditional healer and author of several books, died following a period of ill health on […]

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