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If The Book We Are Reading Does Not Wake Us

“If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are […]

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African Psycho

Yesterday, I began reading African Psycho (2007) by Congolese novelist, Alain Mabanckou. Is it an African remix of Bret Ellis’s ’90s classic, American Psycho? Nope, says Alain in an interview. Still, I’m pretty psyched about the thought of an African crime thriller. I’m not expecting this to be your typical African classic with the old and […]

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Sad and Female? Eat or Go to Pinterest

I like books. I like buying, borrowing, reading books. I’m fine staining books with coffee, tears, and sometimes blood. But I also love storing books in a way that ensure they’re both safe and strategically displayed for visitors to see.  At Pinterest, I can fulfill a good range of these relationships I love to have […]

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I Heart Chicago

After a good day of novel reading and cafe lounging, I ended up at the Salvation Army not far from my house. At the thrift shop, anything can happen. You could find the first artist print of a fairly popular American painter. Or you could spend a couple hours sniffing dust and  Febreeze and find […]

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NEW BOOK: Laughter by Anca Parvulescu

Philosophers have always been fascinated by laughter. They’ve asked all sorts of questions about it. Do animals laugh? Which part of the body is responsible for laughter? Can God laugh? What is the link between laughter and madness? These philosophers–from Plato to Nietzsche—realize one truth about laughter, that it is as strange as it is ordinary.  Of […]

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A Strange New Fiction: Ben Okri and His Stokus

My bookshelves have long since given up. They’ve taken to spitting out books on the carpet at the slightest ache from overload. And Starbook (2007) is one of such books. It is the fourth book from the bottom in a stack sitting on the bare floor, gathering dust. Ben Okri said in a Youtube video […]

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A Thousand Pities That A Book Cannot Write Its Own Preface

It is had to argue against a book writing its own preface, telling its on story about how it came into being. Robert Bridges, the obscure British poet who I quote in the title of this post is clear on one issue: if books wrote their own prefaces, they are probably not going to thank […]

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Sebald’s Austerlitz

Apart from the fact that the entire novel is one long paragraph, Austerlitz is also a novel that does not want to be a novel. Is it a mock-biography? A picture book of sorts? A reflection on architecture, time, and memory? It’s really hard to say. One thing that is certain however is that whatever […]

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Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Diana Evans Longlisted for the 2019 Rathbones Folio Prize

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The Zimbabwean novelist Novuyo Rosa Tshuma and the British-Nigerian novelist Diana Evans have been longlisted for the £30,000 Rathbones Folio […]

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

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Ben Okri will headline the 2019 African Book Festival in Berlin, curated by Tsitsi Dangarembga, where panels will be moderated by Brittle […]

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 […]

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