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What’s Cooking? Novelist Alain Mabanckou Turns Instagram Chef

You might know Alain Mabanckou as arguably the best dressed African novelist and the author of classics like Broken Glass and African Psycho, in addition to Professor of Literature at UCLA. You can now add Instagram Chef to the list. It all started when lockdown hit, and Mabanckou shared a video of himself making the […]

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Sarah Ladipo Manyika on 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize Jury

The Aspen Words Literary Prize committee has announced the judges for the 2021 prize, and British-Nigerian writer Sarah Ladipo Manyika is one of them. At $35,000, The Aspen Words Literary Prize is one of the largest prizes in the US and is open to novels and short story collections from writers of any nationality, addressing […]

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COVID-19: How Some African Authors Are Reacting to the Pandemic

Like everyone else across the world, our favorite authors are confronted with the threat of COVID-19. Here, we document some of their reactions on social media to the pandemic. These range from providing uplifting advice and offering practical measures to tackling the crisis with a touch of humor. We take all of them as ways […]

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The Anticipated Books of 2020

The year 2019 was full. In December, we released our list of The Notable Books of 2019. In January, we released our list of The Top 15 Debut Books of 2019. Now we look ahead into 2020 with our list of the most anticipated books of the year in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The buzz […]

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Alain Mabanckou, Chimamanda Adichie, Isha Sesay, Leila Slimani, Afua Hirsch & Goretti Kyomuhendo Among New African’s 100 Most Influential Africans of 2019

Leading politics and culture magazine New African has released its annual list of “The 100 Most Influential Africans,” and on it this year are six authors: Congo’s Alain Mabanckou, UCLA literature professor and the author, most recently, of Black Moses; Nigeria’s Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who last month received a UN Global Leadership Award; Morocco’s Leila […]

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Alain Mabanckou’s New Book, a Collection of his Lectures Delivered at the Collège de France, to be Published January 2020

Congolese author Alain Mabanckou, possibly the most prominent name in Francophone African literature and renowned for his experimental writing, has a new book in the works: a collection of essays based on his lectures delivered during his tenure as a visiting professor at the Collège de France. The book, titled Huit leçons sur l’Afrique (loosely translated […]

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

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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Alain Mabanckou’s 11th Novel, Black Moses, Wins 2018 Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Fiction

Alain Mabanckou’s Black Moses has won the 2018 Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. The Congolese writer and UCLA professor’s 11th novel, which was longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize, won in the fiction category, ahead of finalists American Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing, which won the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction, and South Africa-based Nigerian Yewande […]

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British author of Ghanaian heritage Derek Owusu has been awarded the 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize for his debut novel That […]

My Sister, The Serial Killer Wins Crime Fiction Book of the Year

My Sister, The Serial Killer Wins Crime Fiction Book of the Year

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s comic crime thriller, My Sister, The Serial Killer (2018), has won the 2020 British Book Award for Crime Fiction […]

“I Have Come Undone” | Adichie Writes Moving Statement on Grieving for Her Father

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Chimamanda Adichie’s father, Professor James Nwoye Adichie, died on Wednesday June 10, 2020. Today, the author breaks her silence around […]

Submit to Ouida Books’ New Imprint on Technology in Africa

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Lagos-based publishing press Ouida Books is accepting submissions for its new imprint LWM. LMW is the third addition to the […]

Wayétu Moore Announces New Novel Exploring Mami Wata Mythology

Wayétu Moore Announces New Novel Exploring Mami Wata Mythology

Liberian-American author Wayétu Moore is staying busy and productive. Barely a year since the release of her widely praised memoir […]

Tsitsi Dangarembga Petitions Parliament of Zimbabwe for Removal of Health Minister Obadiah Moyo

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On June 19, 2020, Zimbabwe Health Minister Obadiah Moyo was arrested on corruption charges for engaging in an illegal 60 […]

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