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Margaret Busby on Why She Began the Daughters of Africa Anthology Series and Its Groundbreaking Impact

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In 1992, Margaret Busby, Britain’s first black female publisher, edited an anthology of female African writers and female writers of African descent. Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Words and Writings by Women of African Descent from the Ancient Egyptian to the Present, published by Ballantine Books, was groundbreaking in its presentation and exposure of the work […]

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Photos from the London Launch of Margaret Busby’s New Daughters of Africa Anthology

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Last October, it was announced that Britain’s first black female publisher Margaret Busby will edit a new anthology featuring 200 female African writers and female writers of African descent across generations. New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of 20th- and 21st-Century Writing by Women of African Descent—which “charts a contemporary literary canon from 1900 and […]

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OkayAfrica’s 100 Women List 2019 Includes Aminatta Forna, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Sisonke Msimang, Alongside Adwoa Aboah, Thandie Newton, Oby Ezekwesili

The novelist Aminatta Forna, Cassava Republic Press co-founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, the essayist and activist Sisonke Msimang, the novelist Tomi Adeyemi, the memoirist Clemantine Wamariya, and the writer Kemiyondo Coutinho have been included in OkayAfrica‘s “100 Women” list for 2019. The six literary figures appear alongside the supermodels Adut Akech and Adwoa Aboah, the rising model Duckie Thot, […]

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The Art & Politics of Walking in Public as Women of Colour: Aminatta Forna and Taiye Selasi in Conversation

Novelists Aminatta Forna and Taiye Selasi were recently in an email conversation about the art and politics of walking in public as women of colour. Their conversation, published by Literary Hub and titled “Whose Streets?,” is a revealing, empowering response to an essay by Forna which appeared in Freeman’s magazine. Titled “Power Walking,” Forna’s essay […]

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The Revealing Reason Why Aminatta Forna Likes Writing Male Characters

Last year, Somali writer and visual artist Diriye Osman, author of the Polaris Award-winning story collection Fairytales for Lost Children and the forthcoming novel We Once Belonged to the Sea, explained the concept of literary androgyny: that gender-straddling sensibility possessed by the best storytellers—women writing men, men writing women. But Aminatta Forna, from the interview […]

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The 2018 Open Book Festival Begins in Cape Town

The 2018 Open Book Festival has begun at The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town. The event, which is in its seventh year, will last from 5-9 September, with further activities at The District 6 Museum Homecoming Centre and The Book Lounge. Among the 2018 guests are Aminatta Forna, whose fourth novel Happiness dropped earlier in the […]

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I Started Reading and Just Stopped Halfway and Thought—This is Really Bad | What Achebe, Soyinka, Adichie, Forna, Binyavanga, Teju Cole, Serpell Thought About VS Naipaul

VS Naipaul, Nobel Prize and Booker Prize-winning novelist and nonfiction writer, passed on days ago at 85 years of age. As is the norm, countless think pieces have appeared on his life. While Naipaul’s genius talent and his standing as a literary great aren’t in doubt, it is his legacy that stutters. Born in Trinidad […]

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Five Beautiful Acts of Generosity by African Writers

In the midst of the pressure to deliver under that heavy tag “African Writer,” in the back and forth between critics and between writers and between critics and writers, in the midst of big novels and million-dollar book deals and accumulating prizes, it is easy to lose sight of community and what it means to […]

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Gerald Kraak Prize Anthology, Trifonia Melibea Obono, Uzodinma Iweala Shortlisted for the 2019 LAMBDA Literary Awards

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Four books by Africans have been shortlisted for the 2019 LAMBDA Literary Awards for literature about LGBTQI+ people. Equatoguinean writer […]

Praxis Magazine Announces Seven Poetry Chapbooks for Its 2019-20 Publication Series

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Praxis magazine has selected seven poetry chapbooks for its 2019-20 publication series. The announcement, made on its website, included submissions from […]

Poetry Collective & Press Konya Shamsrumi Gets New Columnist-Bloggers in Tafirenyika, Anena, Grieder, Gatawa, and Sabuke

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The poetry collective and press Konya Shamsrumi (KSR) has announced new columnist-bloggers for its website. They are: Tinashe Tafirenyika, the two-time National Arts Merit […]

Chigozie Obioma, New Daughters of Africa Contributors, to Headline the 2019 Africa Writes Festival

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Three conversations—with the Nigerian novelist Chigozie Obioma, with the contributors to New Daughters of Africa anthology, and one on poetry—will […]

#PoetryTalk | I Write Outside the Margins: Interview with Adura Ojo

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In this edition of #PoetryTalk, Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike chats with Adura Ojo about her writing. In the interview, she talks […]

Professor Kwame Dawes Awarded $165,000 Windham-Campbell Prize, Alongside Seven Others

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Professor Kwame Dawes is among the eight recipients of the 2019 Windham-Campbell Prizes, which, at $165,000 for each winner, is one of the […]

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