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Writing in Migration | Photos from the Festival of African Writers in Berlin

Last month, the Nigerian-German novelist Olumide Popoola, author of When We Speak of Nothing, curated a star-studded festival of African writers in Berlin. The event, held from 26–28 April at Kino Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 3010178, Berlin, was themed “Writing in Migration” and was presented by the literary agency InterKontinental. It was sponsored by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and Berlin’s Senate Department for […]

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Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀’s Stay With Me Is the Only Novel on the £30,000 Wellcome Book Prize Shortlist

Ayobami Adebayo’s debut novel, Stay with Me, has been shortlisted for the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize. Adebayo’s novel was shortlisted alongside Meredith Wadman’s The Vaccine Race, Lindsey Fitzharris’ The Butchering Art, Kathryn Mannix’s With the End in Mind, Mark O’Connell’s To Be a Machine, and Granta owner Sigrid Rausing’s memoir Mayhem. Stay with Me is the […]

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12 Women, 16 Novels: An African History of the Women’s Prize for Fiction

In 1991, the six-name Man Booker Prize shortlist contained only men. Thoroughly dissatisfied, a group of female and male authors, publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians and journalists decided to create a new prize. In 1996, the Women’s Prize for Fiction was founded, to recognize the best original full-length novel in English by a woman, published in the […]

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Artists In Residency: Sisonke Msimang, Ayobami Adebayo, Mona Eltahawy, Biyi Bandele, Yemisi Aribisala Lead 2018 Shortlists

The Artists in Residency (AIR) programme has announced its 2018 shortlists, and included on the 28-name lists are: Sisonke Msimang, author of the memoir Always Another Country (2017) and winner of the 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Essays/Think Pieces; Mona Eltahaway, author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution (2015); Ayobami Adebayo, author […]

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Lesley Nneka Arimah, Ayobami Adebayo and Marcus Low Are the Three Finalists for the 2018 9Mobile Prize for Literature

Nigeria’s Lesley Nneka Arimah and Ayobami Adebayo and South Africa’s Marcus Low are the three finalists for the 2018 9Mobile Prize for Literature, for their respective books, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Stay with Me, and Asylum.  Founded in 2013 as the Etisalat Prize for Literature, the £15,000 award is […]

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Olumide Popoola to Curate Star-Studded 2018 Berlin Festival of African Writers

Olumide Popoola, Nigerian-German author of When We Speak of Nothing, will be curating a star-studded 2018 festival of African writers in Berlin. The event, themed “Writing in Migration,” is presented by the literary agency InterKontinental, and will be attended by writers from Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, and Ghana. For the first […]

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Ayobami Adebayo Honoured at The Future Awards, Alongside WizKid, Davido and Anthony Joshua

Ayobami Adebayo, author of the Baileys Prize-shortlisted novel Stay with Me, has been honoured at the 2017 The Future Awards, receiving The Future Awards Africa Prize for Arts and Culture. Also honoured at the Lagos ceremony were: Davido, who received The Future Awards Africa Prize for Music; Anthony Joshua, who received The Future Awards Africa Prize […]

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The 7 African Books Named Among The Guardian’s Best Books of 2017

The Guardian has unveiled its Best Books of 2017. Unlike The New York Times Book Review‘s 100 Notable Books of 2017 which is selected by the newspaper’s editors, The Guardian‘s list is chosen by invited authors and is essentially those authors’ favourite books of the year. This year, seven books by Africans are selected: Uganda’s Nick […]

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On Black and Arab Identities: Safia Elhillo’s Arab American Book Awards Acceptance Speech

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Safia Elhillo has won the 2018 Arab American Book Award, also known as the George Ellenbogen Poetry Award, for her […]

Attend the Second Edition of the Write with Style Workshop with Oris Aigbokhaevbolo

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Following the first edition of the Write With Style Workshop, the award-winning writer, critic, and journalist Oris Aigbokhaevbolo is hosting […]

Ngugi’s Novel, Matigari, Is Being Adapted to Film by Nollywood Director Kunle Afolayan

Kenyan author Ngugi wa ThiongÕo, Distinguished Professor of English and comparative literature at UC Irvine, is on the short list for the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature, for xxx(add phrase or blurb here from award announcement; 

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Ngugi, whose name is pronounced ÒGoogyÓ and means Òwork,Ó is a prolific writer of novels, plays, essays and childrenÕs literature. Many of these have skewered the harsh sociopolitical conditions of post-Colonial Kenya, where he was born, imprisoned by the government and forced into exile.

His recent works have been among his most highly acclaimed and include what some consider his finest novel, ÒMurogi wa KagogoÓ (ÒWizard of the CrowÓ), a sweeping 2006 satire about globalization that he wrote in his native Gikuyu language. In his 2009 book ÒSomething Torn & New: An African Renaissance,Ó Ngugi argues that a resurgence of African languages is necessary to the restoration of African wholeness.

ÒI use the novel form to explore issues of wealth, power and values in society and how their production and organization in society impinge on the quality of a peopleÕs spiritual life,Ó he has said.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s 1987 novel Matigari is being adapted to film by Nollywood director Kunle Afolayan in a co-production with yet undisclosed Kenyan […]

Safia Elhillo Makes a Fashion Statement at the Arab American Book Awards

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From Taiye Selasi’s dreamy designer collections and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s flayed ankara sleeves and Dior collaboration to Alain Mabanckou’s dapper […]

Read Chapter One of Nuruddin Farah’s New Novel, North of Dawn

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Celebrated Somali writer Nuruddin Farah’s new novel will be out on 4 December 2018. The 384-page North of Dawn—described as “a provocative, […]

#WeLoveBooks | Feeling and Ugly by Danai Mupotsa

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Welcome back to our weekly updates on new book finds. Feeling and Ugly by Danai Mupotsa is a gem. Feeling […]

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