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Twelve African Writers on the Legacy of Toni Morrison, for Decades the Greatest Living Writer

Toni Morrison, for decades the greatest living writer, passed on at 88, on 6 August. We have compiled tributes to her, published on other sites, by Namwali Serpell, Diana Evans, Bernardine Evaristo, Chigozie Obioma, Ben Okri, Aminatta Forna, Afua Hirsch, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, Margaret Busby, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Laila Lalami. For […]

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Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, Sulaiman Addonai & Diana Evans Longlisted for Inaugural Orwell Prize for Political Fiction

Three African novelists have been longlisted for the inaugural Orwell Prize for Political Fiction: the Zimbabwean Novuyo Rosa Tshuma for her House of Stone, the Eritrean-Ethiopian Sulaiman Addonai for his Silence Is My Mother Tongue, and the Nigerian-British Diana Evans for her Women’s Prize finalist Ordinary People. Tshuma and Evans further currently have their novels […]

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Oyinkan Braithwaite and Diana Evans’ Shortlisting for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction Is the First Time Two Africans Are Finalists

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s crime thriller My Sister, the Serial Killer and Diana Evans’ exploration of midlife crisis Ordinary People have been shortlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction. Both are Nigerian, with Evans half-British. While their longlisting back in March brought the number of African nominees for the 27-year-old prize—formerly known as the Orange Prize for Fiction […]

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

The Zimbabwean novelist Novuyo Rosa Tshuma and the British-Nigerian novelist Diana Evans have been longlisted for the £30,000 Rathbones Folio Prize, for their respective novels House of Stone and Ordinary People. Tshuma’s House of Stone recently won the 2019 Edward Stanford Travel Writing Award while Evans’ Ordinary People was longlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction. Here is […]

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Margaret Busby on Why She Began the Daughters of Africa Anthology Series and Its Groundbreaking Impact

In 1992, Margaret Busby, Britain’s first black female publisher, edited an anthology of female African writers and female writers of African descent. Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Words and Writings by Women of African Descent from the Ancient Egyptian to the Present, published by Ballantine Books, was groundbreaking in its presentation and exposure of the work […]

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Photos from the London Launch of Margaret Busby’s New Daughters of Africa Anthology

Last October, it was announced that Britain’s first black female publisher Margaret Busby will edit a new anthology featuring 200 female African writers and female writers of African descent across generations. New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of 20th- and 21st-Century Writing by Women of African Descent—which “charts a contemporary literary canon from 1900 and […]

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Oyinkan Braithwaite, Diana Evans, Akwaeke Emezi Longlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction

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15 Authors, 19 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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The Heart of It: Working Through Xenophobia in South Africa | Ruksana Elk

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READ: 15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa Talking xenophobia with South Africans of all classes […]

The Brittle Paper Interview with the Caine Prize 2019 Winner: Lesley Nneka Arimah

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In July, Lesley Nneka Arimah received the 2019 Caine Prize, the award’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published […]

Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

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The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The […]

15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

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