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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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“Because There Are No Words”: Noviolet Bulawayo on Her Father’s Silence About Her Writing

I always wondered what my pops, who is 74, thought about my writing coz we’ve never addressed it like that. I mean we talk on the phone and trip and laugh and gossip and I get schooled and scolded if its relevant, and he tells me stories etc, but zip nada about my writing. Even […]

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AFRICANS ON WRITING: Igoni Barret on How to Write the Tech-Conscious Story

Adam Segal: In many of your stories, you handle technology with a real elegance. “Dream Chaser” and “Trophy” confront tech head-on: Internet cafes, incomprehensible tech jargon, a cell phone that won’t stop ringing. Elsewhere we have a Facebook friend rendezvous and a character downloading pop hits straight to his phone. And yet it never distracts…Do […]

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An Adoring Fan Writes About Meeting Teju Cole

Ha! Someone has a devoted admirer. A fan writes about his first meeting with Teju Cole of Open City fame. You don’t have to read too closely to catch the hint of unwitting adoration despite the writer’s restrained account of the experience. Cute certainly. But reading this got me thinking about the world of African […]

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PHOTOS: Celebrating African Fiction! Bibi Bakare, Billy Kahora, Igoni Barrett at the Lauch of The Etisalat Prize for Literature

It’s been a great couple of weeks for African fiction. I would have been quite content with Teju Cole winning the International Literary Prize and Lauren Beukes getting the big Hollywood break. But two days ago, the Etisalat Prize for Literature was launched at The Wheatbaker in Lagos to much excitement in the African literary […]

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Repost: Adichie Saving Black Women Fom White Women’s hair

About two months go, Chimamanda Adichie said to Claire Cohen of The Telegraph: “I have so many revolutions I want to launch.” Should we be worried that the queen of contemporary African fiction is heading for the hills with armed militia to launch guerilla attacks on the establishment? My guess is that there is no […]

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#literaryinventions | A Note on Form by Ben Okri

“The following tales are properly called “stokus.” A stoku is an amalgam of short story and haiku. It is story as it inclines towards a flash of a moment, insight, vision or paradox. It’s origin is mysterious, its purpose is revelation, its form compact, its subject infinite. Its nature is enigma as it finds tentative […]

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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 […]

#Covid19 | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Mourning, Feeling, & Coping During 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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