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African Literary Digest: 101 Notable Pieces of 2018

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It was inevitable: compiling a list as monstrous as this would consume time, cause a delay. But here we are. 2018 came with its own firsts and highs. A new major publishing house came on board: The Indigo Press, founded by the distinguished Zimbabwean editor and critic Ellah Allfrey. A new major magazine: Kabaka, dedicated to publishing queer-centered […]

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From Hip Hop to Literature: Meet Gael Faye, Burundi-born French-Rwandan Superstar Whose Debut Novel Sold 700,000 Copies

“WHEN I GROW up I want to be a mechanic, so nothing ever stays broken in my life,” says Gaby, the 10-year-old narrator of Small Country, the English translation of the French-language novel Petit Pays, the literary debut by long-time rapper Gael Faye which has sold more than 700,000 copies, been translated into 35 languages, and […]

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Rapper-Turned-Novelist Gael Faye’s Small Country Stirringly Captures a Dark Moment in Burundi’s History

France-based Burundian artist Gael Faye has met success since stepping into literature from hip hop. His novel Small Country, first published in French in 2016 as Petit Pays, came out in English in June from Penguin Random House and Hogarth, translated by Sarah Ardizzone, and has been one of the gems of 2018. Starting in 1992 in Burundi, […]

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Burundi’s Pacifique Irankunda Awarded a $40,000 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant | Read an Excerpt from the Manuscript

Burundian writer Pacifique Irankunda has been awarded a $40,000 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant. The grant is for the completion of his book, The Times of Stories, which the judges have called “one of the most astonishing debuts of a generation.” The Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant is given to “writers in the process of completing a book […]

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Chimamanda Adichie at The 2018 Abantu Book Festival

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A few days ago, Adichie shared photos of her time at Abantu Book Festival on Facebook. On December 7, 2017, […]

Event | (Re)membering Africa: Women’s Narratives Conference at the University of Houston | 28-30 March

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On 28-30 March, the University of Houston will be hosting a conference themed “(Re)membering Africa: Women’s Narratives on the Continent […]

Everything White Tastes Like Milk | Bryan Joe Okwesili | Fiction

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  I know you grew up on the streets, that you feel the streets made you, that you are now […]

Leila Aboulela’s New Novel, Bird Summons, Is Magic-infused and Folklore-inspired

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Leila Aboulela is one Africa’s most beloved storytellers. Her readers can’t get enough of her evocative writing and the memorable […]

Ten Poets Shortlisted for the 2019 Brunel International African Poetry Prize

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Ten poets have been shortlisted for the 2019 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Among them are the Nigerian poets Inua […]

#PoetryTalk | Being a Poet Involves Crying Out About Injustice: Interview with Unoma Azuah

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Unoma Azuah teaches writing at the Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago. In 2011 she was listed as one of the […]

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