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Achebe, Adichie, Okri, Gyasi, Coetzee’s Novels Make BBC’s List of 100 Novels That Shaped Our World

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In 2018, BBC Culture polled literary experts around the world to “nominate up to five fictional stories they felt had shaped mindsets or influenced history.” They received responses from 108 writers, critics, journalists, academics, and translators from 35 countries, who selected novels, folk tales, poetry, and dramas in 33 different languages. We ran a piece […]

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Translator Publishes List of 146 Books by 66 African Authors Selling in Chinese

A translator of Chinese into English, Bruce Humes, has published a list of 146 books by 66 African authors selling in China. In his list, some of the books, likely academic texts, are grouped under “Introduction to African Drama,” “Introduction to African Epics,” “Introduction to African Literature,” “Poetry Collections,” “Short Story Collections,” and “Taiwan Editions.” […]

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The 2018 Brittle Paper Awards: Announcing the Shortlists

Update: For failure to attribute an original source, the Caine Prize, in September 2019, removed Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor’s “All Our Lives” from its 2019 shortlist, while Short Story Day Africa released a statement on intertextuality. Because we believe it to have resulted from inexperience rather than intentional withholding, we did not withdraw it from our […]

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Trevor Noah Loves J. M. Coetzee, Zakes Mda, and Sol Plaatje

Trevor Noah is known as a comedian. Those of us living in the US know him as the host of the popular comedy show The Daily Show. But he has since become a literary figure—ever since his memoirs, titled Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, hit the stands earlier this month. Noah was […]

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African Writers’ Birthday | Happy Birthday to J. M. Coetzee!

Happy Birthday to J. M. Coetzee! One of Africa’s most celebrated authors is 75 years old today. Coetzee has won the Booker Prize twice—one for Life & Times of Michael K and a second for Disgrace. In 2003, he officially became a literary A-lister with his Nobel Prize win. The really cool thing about Coetzee is […]

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“A Near Perfect Story”— Review of Diane Awerbuck’s Caine Prize Story by Richard Ali

Keeping our promise to bring you reviews of all five stories shortlisted for the  Caine Prize, we featured Aaron Bady’s review of Billy Kahora’s story last week.  This week, it’s Nigerian novelist, Richard Ali, reviewing Diane Awerbuck’s story titled “Phosphorescence.” Awerbuck’s story was originally published in Cabin Fever, her 2011 short story collection. Read story HERE.  Let […]

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Achebe and Coetzee Get Cover Makeover

100 graphic designers from 28 countries teamed up to redesign the covers of 100 classic novels of all time. Of the hundred novels featured, two are African: Achebe’s  Things Fall Apart and Waiting for the barbarian written by South Africa’s J. M. Coetzee. The organizers say the cover redesign were made with “contemporary trends in design and illustration” […]

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The Booker Prize Shortlist For 2012 Is Out

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction is a highly prestigious literary award for the best novel of the year written by an author  from a nation in the British commonwealth or from Ireland and Zimbabwe. 50,000 pounds is a lot of money so, of course, that’s a big part of the whole excitement surrounding the award. But […]

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Chika Unigwe Speaks About Igbo Identity at Centre for Memories Monthly Distinguished Speaker Series

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Nigerian author and professor Chika Unigwe recently spoke at the Centre for Memories, Enugu Sports Club, Enugu State, Nigeria, as […]

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s Second Novel Acquired by Booker Prize-Winning Publisher, Oneworld

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Oneworld has acquired the rights to Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s second novel. Titled The First Woman, the novel is the third […]

African Literati React to Oscars Disqualification of Nigeria’s First Ever Entry, Lionheart, with Conversation on Language, Colonial Legacy

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On November 5, 2019, African Twitter was abuzz with the news that Lionheart (2018), Nigeria’s first ever submission to the Academy […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Submit Your Work for the 2020 K & L Prize

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The 2020 K & L Prize is open for submissions. Currently in its second year, the $1000 NZ prize was […]

South African Literary Awards 2019: All the Winners

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The winners of the 2019 South African Literary Awards (SALA) were announced on Thursday, November 7, at a ceremony held […]

“A Hymen is Where Angels Live”: Chika Unigwe, Molara Wood, Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún, and the Definitions of Hymen You Never Knew Existed

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Yesterday started off as an ordinary day on African literary Twitter. There was the usual announcement of newly published books […]

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