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Translator Publishes List of 146 Books by 66 African Authors Selling in Chinese

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A translator of Chinese into English, Bruce Humes, has published a list of 146 books by 66 African authors selling in China. In his list, some of the books, likely academic texts, are grouped under “Introduction to African Drama,” “Introduction to African Epics,” “Introduction to African Literature,” “Poetry Collections,” “Short Story Collections,” and “Taiwan Editions.” […]

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Opens Official Twitter Account to Forestall Impersonators Collecting Speaking Fees on Her Behalf

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who began personally using her Facebook page in 2016 and who joined Instagram in 2017, is now on Twitter. The move was made by the author to forestall impersonators. In the past few years, she had stressed that she was not on Twitter. The account, which was opened in October 2018 and currently […]

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At 81, Ngugi wa Thiong’o Announces 34th Book, a Gikuyu Philosophical Epic Novel, 13 Years After His Last

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Thirteen years after his last novel Wizard of the Crow, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, who turned 81 on 5 January, has a new one forthcoming. Kenda Muiyuru: Rugano Rwa Gikuyu na Mumbi, published in Gikuyu by East African Educational Publishers, is, according to Kenya’s The Standard, “a ground-breaking epic that subverts patriarchy and roots for social equity.” The […]

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Kabaka Magazine, Co-founded by Romeo Oriogun and Chibuihe Achimba, Is Set to Amplify Queer Voices in African Literature | Read Issue #1

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In late 2016, the Nigerian poets Romeo Oriogun and Chibuihe Achimba began discussing the possibility of creating a platform for queer writers. Both writers had no clout then, no precedent to model their idea on, and were driven only by years of receiving rejection emails from African magazine editors who repeatedly emphasized that they did not […]

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Sefi Atta Talks History, Her New Novel, and Writing about the Lagos Elite: In Conversation with Toni Kan

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Sefi Atta’s latest novel, The Bead Collector, is historical fiction as well as an ideological treatise. But it is also, as with many of Sefi Atta’s works, a book that riffs on class and family dysfunction. In this conversation with Toni Kan, Sefi talks about the place of history in her work, growing up in […]

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Kwame Dawes, Zoe Wicomb, Gabeba Baderoon, Juliane Okot Bitek Lead 2019 Artists In Residency Shortlists

Thirty-four writers, filmmakers, visual artists, and musicians have been shortlisted for the 2019 Artists In Residency (AIR) programme, including Africa Poetry Book Fund (APBF) and Prairie Schooner editor-in-chief Kwame Dawes, South African novelist Zoe Wicomb, South African poet and APBF editor Gabeba Baderoon, Ugandan Glenna Luschei Prize-winning poet Juliane Okot Bitek, South African editor Helen […]

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Brittle Paper Award Winner Itiola Jones Will Be Teaching an Online Poetry Workshop: The Singing Bullet | Apply for $200 Scholarship to Participate

Brittle Paper Award for Poetry 2018 winner Itiola Jones will be teaching an online poetry workshop. Now in its third year, The Singing Bullet Workshop, held in April, the National Poetry Month, is sponsored in part by The Speakeasy Project and was launched because Jones “sought to create a space of nurture, but one of rigor, […]

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Vanguard Literary Services Calls for Submissions to 2019 Valentine’s Day Anthology

Nigerian book marketing company Vanguard Literary Services (VLS) is compiling a romance and sexuality-themed anthology, for the 2019 Valentine’s Day, and is calling for short story submissions. While the anthology will be made available online, “negotiations are ongoing for sponsorship of the print version which would be sold and royalties given to the contributing authors.” […]

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On Confessional Schizo-Poetry and Finding Meaning: In Conversation with JK Anowe, Winner of the 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Poetry

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JK Anowe, a Nigerian-born poet, holds a BA in French from the University of Benin, Nigeria, where he was awarded […]

Photos | Pages & Palette Hosts Reading of Frankie Edozien’s Lives of Great Men in Abuja

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Last December, Abuja bookstore Pages & Palette hosted a reading of Chike Frankie Edozien’s memoir Lives of Great Men. Published […]

Mauritanian Blogger Mohamed Mkhaïtir Has Now Been in Jail for 5 Years

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In December 2013, Mauritanian blogger Mohamed Mkhaïtir wrote a blogpost criticizing his country’s government for using religion to discriminate against minorities. […]

Read Chapter One of Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities

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Chigozie Obioma’s second novel An Orchestra of Minorities was published this January. As part of The Summer Library’s “selected extracts from […]

Laila Lalami’s Fourth Novel, The Other Americans, Is a Family Saga, a Murder Mystery, and a Love Story

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Laila Lalami’s new novel is forthcoming on 26 March 2019 from Pantheon, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The 320-page […]

Thursday’s Children: 11 Contributors to Forthcoming Anthology Discuss Experimentation and the Nature of Creative Nonfiction

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Thursday’s Children is a forthcoming anthology of personal essays. Co-edited by Adams Adeosun and Bello Damilare, it comes with an […]

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