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African Literary Feud | Adichie: The Best African Fiction Is in My Mailbox | Ibrahim: “Go Fuck Yourself, Chimamanda”

Chimamanda Adichie is officially Africa’s literary queen of controversy. Remember her well-publicized beef against African women who relaxe their hair or carry straight weaves? This time, she has become the talk of African twitterville after dissing the Caine Prize and dismissing the shortlisted stories in an interview with American graduate student and blogger Aaron Bady. There […]

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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 fourth episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s vlog Critic.Reading.Writing is up! In this week’s episode, the Professor dives into the […]

Namwali Serpell to Join Harvard English Department as Full Professor

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  Namwali Serpell announced on Twitter this week that she will be joining the Harvard English Department as Full Professor […]

Check Out Mona Eltahawy’s Major New Look!

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American-Egyptian journalist, activist, and feminist Mona Eltahawy has a brand new look. Earlier this year, the author of Seven Necessary […]

Scholarship and Mentorship Opportunity with Ellah P. Wakatama OBE (Open to Black British Writers)

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The Literary Consultancy (TLC) has launched a new scholarship aimed at providing “writers on low-income and/or from communities currently under-represented […]

Watch Joseph Adesunloye’s Documentary Film on The AKO Caine Prize

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A few weeks ago, the AKO Caine Prize organizers announced that the award dinner held at the British Library will […]

Two African Writers Featured in Beyoncé’s Black Is King Visual Album

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Beyoncé’s new visual album Black Is King is making waves, but the exciting part is that there are two African […]

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