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Price Alert! Buy African Novels At Scandalously Low Price — Adichie, Beukes, Okorafor, and More

Being on a budget is no excuse for not satisfying your cravings for African novels. I took a quick look through amazon and found these great titles for cheap. Some are as low as $1.99. There’re kindle editions though. Look through. See what you like, download, and start reading. If you don’t have Kindle, it’s […]

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Taiye Selasi Is Thinking About Her Next Novel

Less than a year after her critically acclaimed novel, Ghana Must Go, hit the stands, the Afropolitan author seems to be gearing herself for round two. In a Facebook post titled, “Regarding second novels,” Selasi shared this photo and quote about fighting writer’s block. One reason that people have artist’s block is that they do […]

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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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What Will Post-pandemic Fiction Look Like?

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Inevitably, every major global event affects the cultural production coming after it. So what will literature produced after and about […]

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

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The American publisher Animal Heart Press has released an anthology of Nigerian poetry. Titled Memento: An Anthology of Contemporary Nigerian […]

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

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down river road, the new Nairobi-based magazine exploring the alternative in literature, music, and visual art, has launched an online […]

The 8 Writers & Journalists on OkayAfrica’s 100 Women List 2020

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OkayAfrica has released its 2020 “100 Women” list celebrating “extraordinary women from Africa and the diaspora making waves across a […]

Submit to WriteNow Magazine 3rd Edition on the Theme of Quarantine

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WriteNow is a creative writing NGO that was founded in 2017 by Nigerian writer and poet Kehinde Badiru. In partnership […]

Highlights from the Afrolit Sans Frontières Virtual Literary Festival

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In this interminable era of social distancing, social media has emerged not only as a network for writers and creators […]

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