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Prof. Ato Quayson’s Lockdown Recommendations

After weeks of trying to stream the pandemic away, maybe you’re realizing that there is nothing like a good novel to truly escape the constraints of time and space. Your “To Read” stack is glaring at you from its neglected spot on the shelf while your old friends are crying out to be read again, […]

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#WeTurnToBooks: An Instagram Live Series | Ato Quayson

Professor Ato Quayson, in the house! For the third installment of our Instagram Live Series, #WeTurnToBooks, we were honored to host the wonderful Ato Quayson. Quayson is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2019 was elected Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. He is […]

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Professor Ato Quayson Is Explaining Postcolonial Literature

Ato Quayson, the Ghanaian literary critic and Professor of English at Stanford, has a new essay on The British Academy’s website. Entitled “What Is Postcolonial Literature?,” it opens up the academic concept and its nuances. Formerly Professor of English at New York University and University of Toronto, Professor Quayson is a Corresponding Fellow of the […]

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15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops were looted, and people were killed. The attacks, which previously happened in 2008 and 2015 and also targeted Zimbabweans, Mozambicans, and Malawians, among other nationals, have drawn widespread international condemnation and, in cases, diplomatic actions. […]

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A Friend, a Mentor, a Confidante | Read Professor Ato Quayson’s Tribute to the Late Literary Scholar Abiola Irele

Nigerian literary scholar Abiola Irele passed away last month. He was 81 years old when he died and had led a life dedicated to the study of African literature. The flood of condolence messages and tributes on social media is a testament to the man’s greatness as scholar, a colleague and a mentor. Wole Soyinka, […]

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The Impossibly Dapper Novelist: A Look at Alain Mabanckou’s Style File

From Chimamanda Adichie’s widely-publicized made-in-Nigeria wardrobe to Teju Cole’s Ikire Jones scarves to Prof Ato Quayson’s fedora hats, fashion and style have become a new mode of self-expression among African literary figures. They effortlessly blend literary success and a love for style. In so doing, these writers have transformed the idea of the public intellectual into […]

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The Improvisational Jazz Rhythms of Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 | by Ato Quayson

Fiston Mwanza Mujila was announced winner of the 2015 Etisalat Literature Prize at a grand ceremony in Lagos on March 19, 2016. As Chair of the Jury panel, which also included writers Molara Wood and Zukiswa Wanner, I was proud to make the announcement at the ceremony and to bask vicariously in the glow that […]

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Prof. Quayson on Etisalat Prize: It is a Magnificent Gift Offering to the World of African Letters

Last saturday, in the online African literary community, all eyes were on Lagos. The award gala for the Etisalat Prize for literature was taking place and everyone held their breath waiting for the judges to announce the winner of the 15, 000 pounds award. You probably know by now that Fiston Mujila came out the […]

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Petina Gappah to Write Play About the Censorship History of Dambudzo Marechera’s Novel Black Sunlight

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Petina Gappah recently announced that she was writing a play that focuses on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo […]

Oh, Blessed Bri’Land | Jedah Mayberry | Fiction

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Bri’Land glistened at me, her brilliant display of pink sand shimmering in delight.  It would seem that I had finally, […]

Books That Go with Wine and Books That Don’t

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The beverages most associated with reading are tea and coffee. But many readers love to cozy up in bed with […]

In This House | Inok Rosemary | Poetry

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  In this house, we sift our words, Never letting the walls hear what they shouldn’t. The fear of their […]

Statement: African Authors Sans Frontieres in Solidarity with African-Americans

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As African writers without borders who are connected beyond  geography with those who live in the United States of America […]

#SaveLambdaLiterary | Leading LGBTQ Literary Organization Needs Your Help

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Lambda Literary is struggling under the devastating financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. On April 17, the organization launched a […]

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