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Oyinkan Braithwaite, Mia Couto, Uzodinma Iweala, Cynthia Jele Longlisted for 2020 International Dublin Literary Award

The longlist for the 2020 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has just been announced and twelve Africans are on it: Canadian author of Ghanaian heritage Esi Edugyan for Washington Black, Rwanda’s Gael Faye for Small Country, Morroco’s Leila Silmani for Lullaby, Angola’s Ondjaki for Transparent City, South Africa’s Nozizwe Cynthia Jele for The Ones With […]

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Nnedi Okorafor, Hawa Jande Golakai, Tomi Adeyemi, Mohale Mashigo, Wayetu Moore Lead Longlists for 2019 Nommo Awards for African Speculative Fiction

The longlists for the 2019 Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans have been announced. Among the nominated are the Nigerian superstar Nnedi Okorafor, the Ghanaian-Canadian novelist Esi Edugyan, the Liberian novelists Hawa Jande Golakai and Wayetu Moore, the Nigerian novelist Tomi Adeyemi, the South African writer Mohale Mashigo, and the Nigerian writers Wole Talabi […]

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Canadian-Ghanaian Esi Edugyan Makes Booker Prize Shortlist for the Second Consecutive Time

Canadian-Ghanaian Esi Edugyan has been shortlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize for her third novel Washington Black. It is the 40-year-old’s second consecutive shortlisting for the prize. Her first was in 2011 for her bestselling second novel Half-Blood Blues, which also made the Women’s Prize shortlist in 2012, making her the third African to be shortlisted for […]

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The Man Booker Prizes, African Writers, and the Deceptive Politics of Identity | Nzube Ifechukwu

I got to know about the Man Booker Prize in 2008, from the front cover of a pirated copy of Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah lying about in our home. On it, this white front cover of Achebe’s novel, is written in bold black uppercase letters: Booker Shortlist 1987. But it was not until […]

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Ghanaian Booker Party | Esi Edugyan Longlisted for 2018 Man Booker Prize, as Kwame Anthony Appiah Chairs Judging Panel

Ghanaian-Canadian writer Esi Edugyan is on the longlist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize, for her third novel Washington Black. She was previously shortlisted for her bestselling second novel Half Blood Blues, which also made the Women’s Prize shortlist in 2012, making her the third African to be shortlisted for the Women’s Prize. Forthcoming in September […]

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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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Kwame Dawes’s “Yard Boy”: A Powerful Poem for Our Moment

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Kwame Dawes recently wrote a poem titled “Yard Boy” that speaks to the recent events surrounding the death of George […]

Teju Cole’s Spotify Playlists Offer Musical Solace for These Times

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Among Teju Cole’s many talents is his ability to curate music that captures a mood or even the feel of […]

Petina Gappah to Write Play About the Censorship History of Dambudzo Marechera’s Novel Black Sunlight

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Petina Gappah recently announced that she was writing a play that focuses on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo […]

Oh, Blessed Bri’Land | Jedah Mayberry | Fiction

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Bri’Land glistened at me, her brilliant display of pink sand shimmering in delight.  It would seem that I had finally, […]

Books That Go with Wine and Books That Don’t

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The beverages most associated with reading are tea and coffee. But many readers love to cozy up in bed with […]

In This House | Inok Rosemary | Poetry

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  In this house, we sift our words, Never letting the walls hear what they shouldn’t. The fear of their […]

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