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Read the Transcript of Bibi Bakare-Yusuf’s Keynote Address at the 2018 Abantu Book Festival

For the 2018 Abantu Book Festival, Cassava Republic founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf was selected to deliver the Keynote Address. The full transcript of her speech, titled “Archival Fever,” is now available on Dipsaus.org. At the end of a year in which Cassava Republic received the London Book Fair’s Inclusivity in Publishing Award and released books that shaped […]

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Meet 2018 Brittle Paper Awards Winners at Abantu Book Festival

The Abantu Book Festival kicks off today, 6 December, and will end on 9 December. Among the festival’s guests are winners and finalists of the 2018 Brittle Paper Awards: Zimbabwean-South African Panashe Chigumadzi, who won our Essays & Think Pieces Award for “History Through the Body or Rights of Desire, Rights of Conquest”; South African Sibongile […]

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Chimamanda Adichie Is Coming to South Africa for the 2018 Abantu Festival

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is coming to South Africa for the 2018 Abantu Book Festival. The announcement was made this morning on Twitter by the festival organizers. She joins a list of guests that includes Cassava Republic founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, This Mournable Body author Tsitsi Dangarembga, Fred Khumalo, Helon Habila, Happiness Is a Four-Letter Word author […]

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Abantu Book Festival 2017: Apply to Join Zukiswa Wanner and Nthikeng Mohlele’s Creative Writing Masterclass

Ahead of the 2017 Abantu Book Festival in South Africa in December, Zukiswa Wanner and Nthikeng Mohlele have been booked to teach creative writing masterclasses, and applications are open for writers. Here is the announcement. The Abantu Book Festival invites aspiring writers to submit 500-2000 word samples of their short stories, novels, creative non-fiction or […]

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Abantu Festival 2017: The Star-Studded Guest List

The guest list for the 2017 Abantu Book Festival has been revealed. The event, to be held from 7-10 December 2017, is set to be graced by everybody from Tsitsi Dangarembga, author of the classic, Nervous Conditions, to Zakes Mda, author of twenty-nine works, most recently Little Suns, which won the 2017 Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. […]

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