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Chuma Nwokolo Kicks Off His US Book Tour | See all the Dates

Chuma Nwokolo is currently in the US for a month-long series of book events organized around his new novel The Extinction of Menai. The book was published about a month ago by Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writers imprint and received a Publisher’s Weekly starred review. [Read here if you missed it.] Look through the […]

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Publisher’s Weekly Decides | The Extinction of Menai is a Thrilling and Funny Novel

We are barely through the first quarter of 2018, and we already have a long list of new African novels to read. Chuma Nwokolo’s Extinction of Menai was published on the 7th of March, the same month that saw the publication of Aminatta Forna’s Happiness, Uzodinma Iweala’s Speak No Evil, and Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of […]

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From Tutuola to Binyavanga: Literary Experimentation or Bad Writing?

Nigerian essayist, Oris Aigbokhaevbolo, recently led a rich and illuminating conversation on Facebook about literary experimentation. Experimentation is the lifeblood of aesthetic innovation. Nothing new happens if someone doesn’t break out of the mold and show us that we don’t have to stay enslaved to convention? But experimentation has always been a contested aspect of literary practice. […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Entries Open for African Folktale Contest

Here is a literary project worth checking out. It is a writing contest that gives you the chance to re-write, update, reinvent, re-imagine African folktales for a contemporary audience. The contest comes with opportunity to get published in an anthology. Some of the best minds in African literature are backing the project—Chuma Nwokolo, Okey Ndibe, Maimouna Jallow, […]

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Somaliland Set for the 2015 Hargeysa International Book Festival

It is all about books starting this weekened at Hargeysa, the capital of Somaliland. The city hosts its 8th International book fair from Saturday August 1 to 6, 2015 and will be welcoming delegates from around the world. The Hargeysa International Book Fair is an opportunity to explore writing from and about this East African […]

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Celebrating African Love Stories! | Ankara Press Launches 14-Story Valentine’s Day Anthology

When Cassava Republic rolled out 6 romance titles under its new imprint, Ankara Press, we thought they’d out done themselves. What else could they do to make us fall in love with African love stories? In celebration of Valentine’s Day, they’ve published a 14-story collection of love stories titled Valentine’s Day Anthology 2015—with an impressive rollcall […]

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Book Festival of The Year! Stunning Photos From Ake Arts and Book Festival

For those of us who were not invited or who could not attend, we experienced the 2013 Ake Arts and Book Festival (AABF) vicariously through tweets and Facebook updates. For six days, writers, artists, bloggers, industry heavyweights, public school students, reporters, and book lovers from all over gathered in Abeokuta to experience what some are calling the […]

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Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s novel House of Stone, an exploration of family history, colonial Rhodesia, and the birth of modern Zimbabwe, […]

Sisonke Msimang Profiled in The Wall Street Journal

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Reneilwe Malatji’s Short Story Collection, Love Interrupted, is an Intimate Portrait of Womanhood in South Africa

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Reneilwe Malatji’s debut short story collection, Love Interrupted, was published on August 7 in the U.S., by Catalyst Press. Its […]

In Conversation with Hadiza El-Rufai, Author of An Abundance of Scorpions | Deaduramilade Tawak

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Hadiza El-Rufai, founder of the Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation, debuted a novel this year, An Abundance of Scorpions, for which she recently […]

I Started Reading and Just Stopped Halfway and Thought—This is Really Bad | What Achebe, Soyinka, Adichie, Forna, Teju Cole and Serpell Thought About VS Naipaul

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VS Naipaul, Nobel Prize and Booker Prize-winning novelist and nonfiction writer, passed on days ago at 85 years of age. […]

This Mournable Body, the Last Book in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Tambudzai Trilogy, is Here

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This Mournable Body, the last book in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s trilogy which includes the modern classic Nervous Conditions (1988) and The Book of […]

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