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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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The Man Booker Prizes, African Writers, and the Deceptive Politics of Identity | Nzube Ifechukwu

I got to know about the Man Booker Prize in 2008, from the front cover of a pirated copy of Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah lying about in our home. On it, this white front cover of Achebe’s novel, is written in bold black uppercase letters: Booker Shortlist 1987. But it was not until […]

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Alain Mabanckou Has Resigned from the 2018 Caine Prize Judging Panel

Days ago, we ran an editorial on the seemingly unsteady state of affairs at the Caine Prize since Dr Lizzy Attree, director of the Prize since 2011, stepped aside from her role. We pointed out that little publicity was happening at the Prize, that the Prize was looking for a new Administrator, and crucially, that we had […]

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Namwali Serpell Wins the 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Award for The Old Drift

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Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift have been awarded the 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, one of US’ top awards that seek […]

Nnamdi Ehirim’s Debut Novel, Prince of Monkeys, Is a Powerful Portrait of Friendship, Religion, & Politics in ’80s-90s Nigeria

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The Nigerian novelist Nnamdi Ehirim’s debut, Prince of Monkeys, was published by Counterpoint Press exactly a year ago, on 2 […]

Nadifa Mohamed’s Third Novel, The Fortune Men, Based on the True Story of Mahmood Mattan’s Wrongful Execution in Wales, Set for 2021 Release

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The publishing press Viking has acquired the Somali writer Nadifa Mohamed’s third novel, The Fortune Men, set in 1950s Cardiff […]

Goretti Kyomuhendo Appointed to Commonwealth Foundation’s Advisory Governorship for Africa Region

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The Ugandan writer Goretti Kyomuhendo, Director of African Writers Trust (AWT), has been appointed Civil Society Advisory Governor by Commonwealth […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Latest Short Story, Her 12th Published, Is a Juicy Satire on Gender, Race, & Academia

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She might have eight books published, seven of which are novels, but Bernardine Evaristo is not so much of a […]

University of East Anglia Marks 50th Anniversary of Creative Writing with Project Exploring Interface of Literature and Technology

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PRESS RELEASE University of East Anglia Launches Landmark 50th Anniversary Project – Storytelling in a Digital Age The University of […]

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