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Publishing Opportunity For African Writers | Submissions to Voices Anthology Now Open

The editors of a new anthology project called Voices invite writers and artists to submit their work for publication. The objective of the publication is to use art and literature to tell stories exploring space and place within a globalized world. The theme of the issue currently being assembled is the ancient city of Ife, an iconic […]

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Adichie in Paris! | Tells Paris TV Her Thoughts on The Nigerian Election

What were you up to last week? Well, Chimamanda was in Paris. As part of the promotional events around the official release of Americanah in France, she met up with Nicholas Germain for an interview that aired on France 24. After giving her usual spiel about how she became black in America, she opens up a bit […]

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Imbolo Mbue, Cameroon’s Million-Dollar Novelist, Publishes First Story

Two months ago, I broke the news to you that a Cameroonian author sold her debut novel, titled The Longings of Jende Jonga, to Random House for a million dollars.  Amidst the excitement that Mbue’s million-dollar advance caused in the African literary community, there was much wonder about who this breakout novelist was. It turns out that […]

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This May Not Be News But… | African Literary Gossip Vol. 1 | Adichie, Selasi, Lalami, Abani, and More

#AFricanLiteraryGossip is a compilation of offbeat news and tidbits on African authors and their social media life. Enjoy! ************************* 1. Moroccan novelist, Laila Lalami (author of A Moor’s Account), takes a selfie while getting dolled up for CBS Late Night Show. {follow on twitter: @lailalalami}   2. A few weeks ago, Nigerian author, Chris Abani (author of […]

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Warsan Shire’s Tenure as London’s Young Poet Laureate Comes to a Sweet End

A year ago, we reported the appointment of Warsan Shire as London’s first ever young poet laureate. Well, a whole year has now passed and her tenure has come to an end. According to BBC news, she had a memorable “year of residences ranging from the Houses of Parliament to beauty salons…as well as the creation […]

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Cameroonian Novelist Signs Million-Dollar Book Deal at Frankfurt Book Fair

It is rumored that US publisher, Random House, paid, at least, a million dollars each to secure the US rights to two novels—The Girls by Emma Cline and The Longings of Jende Jonga by Cameroon-born Imbolo Mbue. This all happened in Frankfurt a few days ago. Publishers came to Frankfurt ahead of the book fair, which […]

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Yay! Half of a Yellow Sun Film in Theaters This Summer!

Biyi Bandele, who directed the Half of a Yellow Sun film adaptation, shared the wonderful news on Facebook today. If Deadline Hollywood is to be believed, Monterey Media Inc. has secured the rights for the film. We are looking at an early summer release of the much anticipated film. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton, Half […]

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Bernardine Evaristo: Your Guide to All Eight Books by the Booker Prize Winner

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While better known in the African literary scene as the founder of the massively influential Brunel International African Poetry Prize, […]

TJ Benson’s Forthcoming Novel, The Madhouse, Follows a Troubled Family Across Four Decades

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The Nigerian writer TJ Benson has a new novel set to be published by Masobe Books in 2020. A new […]

The Guardian UK Criticized for Headline Calling Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning Novel Obscure

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Right after Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood were announced joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Joint Win of the Booker Prize, with Margaret Atwood, Makes Her the First Black Woman & Second Nigerian to Receive the Honour

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The Nigerian-British novelist Bernardine Evaristo has been awarded the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, […]

The Queen of Dahomey: Episode Three | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh

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There was an old woman with a ragged scar on her cheek who lived alone on the outskirts of Dahomey. […]

Befeqadu Hailu, Ethiopian Writer-Activist & Co-founder of Zone 9 Blog, Named 2019 International Writer of Courage

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Befeqadu Hailu, the Ethiopian writer, activist, and co-founder of the Amharic-language human rights platform Zone 9 Blogging Collective, has been […]

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