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Ben Okri to Headline the 2019 African Book Festival in Berlin, with Ainehi Edoro, Musa Okwonga as Moderators | All the Guests + Key Events

Ben Okri will headline the 2019 African Book Festival in Berlin, curated by Tsitsi Dangarembga, where panels will be moderated by Brittle Paper founder Ainehi Edoro, the Berlin-based writers Musa Okwonga and Clementine Burnley, and TV literary programme host Denis Scheck. The event—funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, presented by the literary agency InterKontinental, and themed “Transitioning from Migration”—will be held […]

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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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The Freedom Artist, Ben Okri’s New Novel Forthcoming in January 2019, Is a Rallying Call in a Post-Truth Society

Ben Okri has a new novel forthcoming in January 2019. The Nigerian novelist-poet-essayist, who is the only black African to receive the Booker Prize, in 1991 for his The Famished Road, had the 256-page book rights acquired by Head of Zeus for release in the UK in February 2019, by HarperCollins for release in Australia […]

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Bringing Achebe’s Masterpiece to Life | Highlights from the 60th Anniversary Reading of Things Fall Apart | Eddie Hewitt

60 years on from the first publication of Things Fall Apart, I was excited to be in Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank Centre to pay homage to Chinua Achebe and to enjoy a performance of his masterpiece by a stellar group of readers. A seven hour session of the finest literary entertainment, presented by […]

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African Literary Digest: 8 Must-Reads from January, 2017

We ended 2016 with a compilation of our best pieces of the year. The first month of 2017 is gone but it wasn’t arid: there was writing that caught our attention, and both the LGBTIQ group 14 and Afreada magazine released beautiful anthologies. Here are our must-read selections, an unranked list. They’re all online so […]

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The Pleasure of Great Prose | Review of Sarah L. Manyika’s Like a Mule | by Yemisi Aribisala

Sarah Ladipo Manyika is a virtuoso at offering the gentle word that can break a bone. Her defiance in written words is as dense and mined as rich fruitcake. Her publishers, Cassava Republic Press urge us to read her new book Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun for the protagonist, Dr. Morayo’s […]

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After 25 Years, Ben Okri Writes Beautiful Essay in Honor of His Booker Prize-winning The Famished Road

It is hard to believe that 25 years has passed since Ben Okri stunned the world with the story of a Azaro, a spirit child stranded in the human world. Published in 1991, The Famished Road was one of the crowning moments of the 20th century, as far as fiction goes. Okri’s poetic prose and […]

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Lesley Nneka Arimah’s New Yorker Story is a Crazy Mix of Genres

For those eager to find new African writing, Lesley Nneka Arimah is a gift. There is nothing rookie about Arimah’s work. Her story  “Light” won the Africa category of the Common Wealth Prize and was subsequently published by Granta. Still her New Yorker story, published last week, took many of us by surprise for being ridiculously […]

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Short Story Day Africa Announces 2019 Prize Theme: Disruption

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Short Story Day Africa has announced the theme for its 2019 Prize: “Disruption.” The prize will be open to submissions […]

Nnedi Okorafor, Tomi Adeyemi, Tiah Beautement, Tendai Huchu, Imraan Coovadia Make 28-Strong Shortlists for $3,000 Nommo Awards

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The shortlists for the 2019 Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans have been announced. This comes weeks after the […]

50 Intellectuals, Including Wole Soyinka & Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Sign Letter to President Patrice Talon Calling for Fresh Elections in Benin Republic

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Professors Wole Soyinka and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. are among a group of 50 African and American intellectuals who have […]

Anticipation for Jennifer Makumbi’s Ongoing East Africa Book Tour, as New Collection Is Nominated for the 2019 Big Book Awards

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The Ugandan novelist Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi has begun her East Africa book tour to promote her new short story collection. […]

Books & Rhymes Podcast is Using Music to Inspire Readers of African Books

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Books & Rhymes, one of our favorite Instagram book review platforms, is expanding into the podcast scene, and we are […]

#PoetryTalk | Poetry is the Excavation of Hidden Things | Interview with Titilope Sonuga

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  Nigerian-Canadian poet, writer, and performer, Titilope Sonuga is the featured guest of this week’s #PoetryTalk interview series. We discuss […]

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