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Event | Treat Yourself to a Night of African Stories | Jude Idada’s Toronto Book Launch

For those living in Toronto, here’s is a chance to treat yourself to a special literary night-out. Jude Idada is launching two of his literary works—By My Own Hands + Didi Kanu and the Singing Dwarfs from the North—at a swanky Toronto bar. Enjoy fun conversations about African literature as you sip on delicious beer, […]

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This African Novelist Has Sold Over 120 Million Copies

The word on the street is “never talk about money and book sales in African literary circles.” African novelists are too cool and too intellectual to be bothered by how well or badly their novels do in the market. Maybe that’s why you’ve never heard of Wilbur Smith, Africa’s richest and biggest celebrity novelist—with 120 […]

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Photos from the Africa39 Literary Event in NYC City

  If you’ve not heard about Africa39, you’re clearly not on top of your African literary news. So let me help you out. Africa39 is a book project sponsored by the Hay Festival and the Rainbow Book Club in Port Harcourt. The anthology features stories written by 39 writers below the age of 40 judged […]

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African Writers on Writing | Yvonne Owuor on Entering the Zone

Yvonne Owuor is the author of Dust, a lyrical novel about loss and mourning. She was born in Kenya and won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2003. With stern discipline, I rise with the first bird, salute the dawn, have a healthy breakfast of fruits. [I] wander over to my faux-oak desk, tap the […]

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I Was a Dreadful Child | Nadine Gordimer on Her Rather Quirky Childhood

When I came across this Paris Review 1979/1980 interview with Nadine Gordimer, I scanned it for gossip-worthy stuff that I could share with you all. The Nobel Prize winning South African author sounded relaxed in the interview. She was clearly in the mood to share intimate things about her life. She talks about her Lithuanian father […]

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Celebrating African Fiction! | Official Photos from The Etisalat Prize Award Ceremony

  Writers, celebrities, and Lagos socialites trouped to the Intercontinental Hotel to celebrate contemporary African literature on March 15th. It was a fun-filled evening of music, dancing, and theatrical performances. South Africa’s Songeziwe Mahlungu took the 15,000 pound prize home, making his novel Penumbra the best debut novel by an African author. Angelique Kidjo stole the […]

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Four African Novelists to Follow on Instagram

  African novelists are hip to changing trends. We saw how Teju Cole conquered Twitter. Lately, I’ve been hearing about the wonderful things Lauren Beukes is doing with DC Comics. And if you’ve not head about Adichie’s fashion collaboration with Vogue UK, you’re clearly living under a rock. So it’s no surprise that, for some African […]

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Quotes from Five African Women Writers to Help You Jumpstart Your Writing Dreams

The month of March—Women’s History Month—has been great, but it’s coming to an end We invite you to join us in celebrating African women writers who inspire us with their work and their wisdom. Nnedi Okorafor (Nigerian), author of Lagoon.  Don’t talk about writing. Don’t whine about writing. Don’t spend all your time obsessing over who wins […]

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What Does Tragedy Have to do With Grief? — Prof. Ato Quayson on a New Episode of Critics.Reading.Writing

Professor Ato Quayson YouTube Channel Critic, Reading, Writing (1)

The first episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s youtube show is up! Ato Quayson is a Professor of English at Stanford […]

Saara El-Arifi’s Signs 2 Six-Figure Deals for Her Debut Novel The Final Strife

Saara El-Arifi's The Final Strife Double Six-Figure Deals

Sudanese-Arab-Ghanaian-British author Saara El-Arifi won big last week. Her debut novel The Final Strife landed a double six-figure deal in the […]

The Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity Announces Judges and Advisory Council

The Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity Announces Judges and Advisory Council (3)

The Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity has announced the judges for the inaugural award and the advisory board. The […]

BBC 4 to Broadcast Reading of Abi Daré’s The Girl with the Louding Voice

BBC 4 to Broadcast The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré

Abi Daré’s The Girl with the Louding Voice will be narrated on BBC 4 by actress Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo. The novel […]

The 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize is Now Open for Entry

Apply for the 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize

The Aspen Words Literary Prize is open for entry as of today. The $35,000 prize annually rewards an “influential work […]

July 10 | Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwa on Conversations Across the Diaspora

July 10 _ Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwas on Conversations Across the Diaspora

Sarah Ladipo Manyika, author of In Dependence (2008) and Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun (2016), has teamed up […]

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