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

Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops were looted, and people were killed. The attacks, which previously happened in 2008 and 2015 and also targeted Zimbabweans, Mozambicans, and Malawians, among other nationals, have drawn widespread international condemnation and, in cases, diplomatic actions. […]

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New Anthology of South African Writing Explores Identity with Stories & Photographs of Hair

A new anthology features “short stories inspired by hair.” Edited by Joanne Hichens and Karina M. Szczurek, HAIR: Weaving & Unpicking Stories of Identity is forthcoming from Tattoo Press in September 2019. Contributors include the novelist Fred Khumalo, Etisalat Prize 2015 winner Songeziwe Mahlangu, Caine Prize 2007 winner Mary Watson, Short Story Day Africa prize […]

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African Literary Digest: 101 Notable Pieces of 2018

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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Chimamanda Adichie Is Coming to South Africa for the 2018 Abantu Festival

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is coming to South Africa for the 2018 Abantu Book Festival. The announcement was made this morning on Twitter by the festival organizers. She joins a list of guests that includes Cassava Republic founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, This Mournable Body author Tsitsi Dangarembga, Fred Khumalo, Helon Habila, Happiness Is a Four-Letter Word author […]

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Fred Khumalo, Rehana Rossouw Lead Novel-Dominated 2017/18 University of Johannesburg Prizes Shortlists

The University of Johannesburg Prizes for South African Writing in English have released their 2017/18 shortlists. The six selected books are split between the R75,000 Main Prize and the R30,000 Debut Prize. Founded in 2006, the University of Johannesburg Prizes, also known as the UJ Prizes, are given annually for “the best original creative work in English published […]

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Fred Khumalo on His Novel, Dancing The Death Drill, and the Resurgence of Historical Fiction

Fred Khumalo’s 2017 novel Dancing The Death Drill is based on the sinking World War I warship, the SS Mendi. Tasked with transporting black South Africans to the Western Front during the War, the SS Mendi, on 21 February 1917, collided with a mail ship, the SS Darro, leading to more than six hundred people drowning in the English […]

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The 21 Writers Shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships

The 2017 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship shortlist has been announced and there are 21 writers on it. The Miles Morland Writing Scholarships, an initiative of the Miles Morland Foundation, offer a fiction scholarship of £18,000 to two or three writers over the course of twelve months and a nonfiction scholarship of £27,000 to a single writer over […]

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The Guardian UK Criticized for Headline Calling Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning Novel Obscure

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Right after Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood were announced joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Joint Win of the Booker Prize, with Margaret Atwood, Makes Her the First Black Woman & Second Nigerian to Receive the Honour

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The Nigerian-British novelist Bernardine Evaristo has been awarded the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, […]

The Queen of Dahomey: Episode Three | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh

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There was an old woman with a ragged scar on her cheek who lived alone on the outskirts of Dahomey. […]

Befeqadu Hailu, Ethiopian Writer-Activist & Co-founder of Zone 9 Blog, Named 2019 International Writer of Courage

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Befeqadu Hailu, the Ethiopian writer, activist, and co-founder of the Amharic-language human rights platform Zone 9 Blogging Collective, has been […]

Kalaf Epalanga, Angolan Author & Musician, Named Curator of the 2020 African Book Festival in Berlin

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The Angolan musician and author Kalaf Epalanga, who looks like the actor Mahershala Ali, has been announced as the curator […]

Addis Ababa Noir, Edited by Maaza Mengiste & Featuring Mahtem Shiferraw, Sulaiman Addonia, Linda Yohannes, Meron Hadero, Hannah Giorgis, Forthcoming in April 2020

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Each anthology in Akashic Books’ noir series is “set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city” and […]

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