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Mabanckou, Mengestu, Shoneyin: The Caine Prize Recruits Big Names as 2018 Judges

For its 2018 edition, the Caine Prize has recruited a host of big names for its panel of judges. Alain Mabanckou, Dinaw Mengestu, Lola Shoneyin: it looks like an actual shortlist the Caine Prize itself might have announced in its early years in the 2000s. The three are joined by the prize’s 2007 finalist and […]

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Dinaw Mengestu and Nadifa Mohamed Have New Work in Freeman’s Magazine

Dinaw Mengestu and Nadifa Mohammed both have new fiction forthcoming in the new fourth issue of Freeman’s magazine. Titled “The Future of New Writing,” the issue collects work by “29 passengers we think will continue to be traveling into the future—perhaps even define it.” Freeman’s is named after, and edited by, former Granta editor and former […]

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

Every month, we compile a list of reads from around the Internet that we find illuminating. For January, we chose eight pieces. For February, we picked fourteen pieces. For March, we selected nine. For April, we have eight. They include short stories, essays that contribute to some of our ongoing conversations on literature and pop culture, […]

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Dinaw Mengestu, Chinelo Okparanta and Yaa Gyasi Listed among Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists

Granta has released its prestigious once-in-a-decade Best of Young American Novelists list and it includes Ethiopia’s Dinaw Mengestu, Nigeria’s Chinelo Okparanta, and Ghana’s Yaa Gyasi. The 21-writer list, regarded as one of the most accurate and influential predictors of literary impact, is in its third publication. First released in 1997, it was followed by another […]

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Photos from the Africa39 Literary Event in NYC City

  If you’ve not heard about Africa39, you’re clearly not on top of your African literary news. So let me help you out. Africa39 is a book project sponsored by the Hay Festival and the Rainbow Book Club in Port Harcourt. The anthology features stories written by 39 writers below the age of 40 judged […]

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Event | Africa39 in New York City! | Readings by Tope Folarin, Ellah Allfrey, & Nana Hammond

Hay Festival and Afridiaspora.com have teamed up to serenade New Yorkers with readings from the Africa 39 Anthology. Last year, Hay Festival collaborated with the Rainbow Book Club in Port Harcourt in a one of a kind literary project. 39 of the most promising sub-saharan African writers under the age of 40 each wrote stories that […]

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African Literary Event in NYC | Book Chat with Jonny Steinberg and Dinaw Mengestu

Here is a cool literary event to attend if you’re in the neighborhood. What: Jonny Steinberg presents his book, A Man of Good Hope, in conversation with Dinaw Mengestu Where: Greenlight Bookstore (686 Fulton Street, at S. Portland, in Fort Greene) When: Thursday, January 15, 7:30 PM Refreshments: Complimentary Tusker Lager will be served. About A Man […]

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Ethiopian Novel Makes New York Times Best Covers Of 2014

Congrats to Dinaw Mengestu and the designer of the cover of his new book, All Our Names. The cover design made the New York Times Best Cover of 2014. This places Mengestu in fine company—with the likes of Haruki Murakami and Italo Calvino whose recent works also made the cut. {See Complete List HERE} A […]

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Describing himself as “first Somali, second Muslim, third gay,” the enchanting Diriye Osman is arguably the most fascinating writer on […]

50 Years Later, the Swedish Academy Unveils the 70 Nominees for the 1967 Nobel Prize in Literature

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As is their tradition, the Swedish Academy, custodians and givers of the Nobel Prize in Literature, have, 50 years after […]

The Johannesburg Review of Books Vol. 1, Issue 8 | Featuring Soyinka, J.M. Coetzee, Yewande Omotoso, Nthikeng Mohlele, Niq Mhlongo, Bongani Madondo

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The 8th issue of The Johannesburg Review of Books was released last December. The issue, which is from the magazine’s […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for Africa Book Club’s Short Story Competition

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The Africa Book Club Short Reads Competition is open to submissions. African writers can enter fiction or nonfiction pieces of […]

Keorapetse “Bra Willie” Kgositsile: South Africa Begins 3-Day “Special Official Funeral” for Late National Poet Laureate

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To honour the country’s late National Poet Laureate, Keorapetse “Bra Willie” Kgositsile, the government of South Africa has commenced a three-day […]

See the Gorgeous Cover for LGBTQI Art Collective 14’s Volume 2, Featuring Snippets from Taiye Selasi and Gbenga Adesina

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The Nigerian queer art collective 14, which is set to release its second volume this week, has shared its cover, […]

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