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Why Tope Folarin Is A Surprising But Perfect Pick For The Caine Prize

I was doing some blog work late last night and hanging out with my fellow African tweeps when the news broke that Tope Folarin had won the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing. We tweeted our congrats and hurrahs, but after taking a second to think, I realized that even though Ibrahim’s “Whispering Trees” could […]

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Lauren Beukes — The Women in My Novel “Aren’t Nameless, Silent Corpses”

From the beginning, I didn’t want to elevate Harper to a slick, sophisticated, Hannibal Lecter-esque serial murderer. I wanted Harper to be more vile and awful, a cringing hyena rather than uber-predator. And it was equally important to me that I give each of Harper’s victims a voice: They aren’t nameless, silent corpses, and a […]

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5 Reasons Why Taiye Selasie is The Sexiest African Female Novelist

Taiye Selasi was born to a Nigerian father and a Ghanaian mother in London and was raised in Boston. She is a successful novelist, a brilliant writer, and a fashionista. In her world, smartness and style are clearly not in opposition, but what makes her, in my book, the sexiest African female novelist? 1. Let’s […]

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VIDEO: Igoni Barrett — “You’ll Never Write Anything of the Least Importance to Anybody”

Nigeria’s Igoni Barrett, author of Love is Power, or Something Like That, reads a sad little story titled “You” at the Pen America African Writer’s Workshop.

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It’s All Poetry and Pretty Sentences Inside Ben Okri’s Head

What do authors think about when they read their own novels? Follow me inside Ben Okri’s head and see for yourself. On a copy of The Famished Road recently donated to English Pen, Okri left revealing marginal comments that give us a sense of how he processed his own writing. For example, on page 500:  The last […]

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AFRICANS ON WRITING: Chimamanda On What To Read When You Write

  John Williams: You teach writing in your home country. What are two or three principles you think it’s important to instill in young writers? Chimamanda Adichie: This is what I tell my students: read widely, read what you don’t like and read what you like, and try not to consciously write like either. And […]

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Letter From An Editor To An Author: Books Don’t Sell On Merit Alone

No matter how great a novel is, it will not sell itself. It needs to be peddled! But authors cannot rely on publishers to do all the work of getting the word out and getting the work into the reader’s hand. Authors have a part to play in the marketing of their books. South African […]

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The Saga Continues: Maja-Pearce Speaks Out On His Quarrel With Soyinka

The most recent episode in what seems like an old quarrel between Wole Soyinka and Adewale Maja-Pearce began with Soyinka’s infamous Sahara Reporters interview. We have always known that Soyinka is extraordinarily gifted when it comes to insulting people. Little surprise at the bitting and borderline cruel remarks targeted at Maja-Pearce for allegedly misrepresenting Soyinka’s […]

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Black: The Literary Salon | Cassava Republic’s New Event Series to Celebrate Black Writing | 27 February

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Cassava Republic Press, in partnership with A + F Creative, will be launching a series of events to celebrate black […]

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Hosted Lupita Nyong’o in Lagos: How It Happened + Photos & Video

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Photos credited to CNA’s Team. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie hosted Lupita Nyong’o in a private dinner in Lagos, attended by notable […]

Ukamaka Olisakwe’s Forthcoming Novel, Ogadinma, Is a Feminist Story Set in ’80s Nigeria

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The Nigerian writer Ukamaka Olisakwe is set to release a new novel. Titled Ogadinma, or Everything Will Be All Right, […]

Resoketswe Manenzhe Wins 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award for Her Novel, Scatterlings

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The 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award has been awarded to the South African writer Resoketswe Manenzhe for her novel Scatterlings. […]

Down River Road, a New Print & Online Magazine Exploring the Alternative in Literature, Music, & Visual Art, Calls for Submissions to Second Issue

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A new Nairobi-based print and online magazine, down river road, is exploring the margins, the shifting centers, and the new […]

Dr Stella Nyanzi Wins Appeal at Ugandan Court, Regains Freedom, But Is Possibly Re-arrested

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Dr Stella Nyanzi is free. The academic, feminist and queer rights advocate has been in prison for criticising Uganda’s long-serving […]

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