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Helen Oyeyemi Shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award

Helen Oyeyemi has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award. Her story, “If a Book Is Locked There’s Probably a Good Reason for That, Don’t You Think?,” sees its protagonist arrive an office for work only to find “a mysterious locked diary.” Described by the judges as “brilliant,” her story is up against […]

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On Helen Oyeyemi | An Essay

It was Helen Oyeyemi who first made me realize what I’d always found dissatisfying about short stories. A short story is not a story. A short story is an abridged novel. There is always a novel latent in every short story. And it prevents the short story from exhibiting what Oyeyemi calls “faith in storytelling.” A […]

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Helen Oyeyemi, Angela Ajayi and Grace Oluseyi Win 2017 PEN America Awards

Some of the winners of the 2017 PEN America awards have been announced and, to our delight, they include Helen Oyeyemi, Angela Ajayi and Grace Oluseyi. Helen Oyeyemi’s collection of stories, What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours, won the $5,000 PEN Open Book Award, given “for an exceptional book-length work of literature by an […]

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The Six African Authors on the 2017 PEN America Awards Longlist

PEN America has announced the longlist for its 2017 prizes, and there is a plethora of African authors named: from Teju Cole to Yaa Gyasi to Imbolo Mbue to Igoni A. Barrett to Petina Gappah to Helen Oyeyemi. Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing is longlisted for the $25,000 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, awarded “to […]

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Do Judge These Books by Their Titles | By Tiwaladeoluwa Adekunle

ONE LITTLE READING pleasure of mine is the moment I finally know why a book is called what it is called, or the moment I find the title buried in one paragraph, smiling and winking up at me. We all love titles that work, and African writers do an especially good job coming up with these. In […]

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The Magic of Childhood Captured in Six African Novels

Childhood is a stage in life that captivates us all, in part, because it is so elusive. Once we come of age, the experience of being a child—the innocence, bewilderment, and vulnerabilities—are immediately lost to an irrecoverable past. That’s why stories about children trying to make sense of a perplexing world have always been so powerful. […]

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Aaron Bady Praises Helen Oyeyemi’s New Book for Being Twisted and Imperfect

It was published a couple of weeks ago, on March 8. The reviews are gushing in and— like Helen Oyeyemi’s five other books—What is Yours is Not Yours is raking up loads of stars from happy critics. The New York Times calls it “transcendent.” NPR says it’s “flawless.” Not surprising though. What is Yours is Not […]

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Helen Oyeyemi Surprises Us With a New Book and the Ultimate Promo Photographs

Two years after Boy, Snow, Bird—one of the best novels of 2014—Oyeyemi surprises us with a collection of short stories titled What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours. Oyeyemi is the queen of playfully experimental fiction, always taking risks with her work and pushing the boundaries on what it means to tell stories about Africa, blackness, and […]

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Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, Nthikeng Mohlele, Imraan Coovadia Lead Diverse Longlist for Sunday Times’ Barry Ronge Fiction Prize

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Sunday Times newspaper has announced the longlists for the Alan Paton Award and the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. Founded in […]

Submit to the $12,000 Graywolf Press Africa Prize for Novel Manuscripts, Judged by A. Igoni Barrett

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The 2019 Graywolf Press Africa Prize is now open to submissions. The award, launched in 2017 by the publishing house […]

Longlist for 30th Sunday Times’ Alan Paton Award Showcases Explorations of Southern Africa’s Histories, Presents, and Promises

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Sunday Times newspaper has announced the longlists for the Alan Paton Award and the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. Founded in […]

Night and Again | Salvy Snr | Fiction

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  * The nights are gathering, quickly, and you’ve been sitting on this silent bench in the front yard concrete […]

Photos | Leila Aboulela Launches New Novel at the Lahore Lit Festival

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The seventh annual Lahore Literary Festival (LLF) took place from Feb. 22 to 24 at the Alhamra Arts Center, Mall […]

A Place is Illuminated in and by Absence | Emmanuel Iduma & Kọlá Túbọ̀sún in Conversation

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Emmanuel Iduma is the author of two books, Farad/A Sound of Things to Come (2012) and A Stranger’s Pose (2018). […]

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