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Jose Eduardo Agualusa to Headline 2020 African Book Festival in Berlin 

The Angolan author Jose Eduardo Agualusa will headline the 2020 African Book Festival in Berlin, curated by the Angolan musician and author Kalaf Epalanga and featuring the Congolese novelist Fiston Mwanza Mujila, France-based Burundian artist Gael Faye, British-Eritrean-Ethiopian novelist Sulaiman Addonai, and Brazilian feminist, journalist & academic Djamila Ribeiro. The event—funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, presented by the […]

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Negritude Is Omnipresent in African Writing: On Its Birth, Rebellion, & Perceived Disappearance | D. S. Battistoli

I Earlier this year, in the context of an English-language debate on race consciousness in Africa, the topic of the Negritude movement came up briefly. The Zimbabwean-South African writer Panashe Chigumadzi wrote in her finely-argued essay, “Why I’m No Longer Talking to Nigerians About Race,” published in Africa Is a Country: Wọlé Sóyinká had been […]

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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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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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Five Beautiful Acts of Generosity by African Writers

In the midst of the pressure to deliver under that heavy tag “African Writer,” in the back and forth between critics and between writers and between critics and writers, in the midst of big novels and million-dollar book deals and accumulating prizes, it is easy to lose sight of community and what it means to […]

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Bissau-Guinean Writer Yovanka Paquete on How African and Global Literatures Are Open to a Few Lusophone Writers

Bissau-Guinean writer Yovanka Paquete has penned an essay about the lack of visibility for Lusophone writers, both in Africa and on the global scene, in contrast to their better-known Anglophone and Francophone counterparts. Titled “The Case for Lusophone African Literature,” it is published in OZY. Paquete writes about the promise of elevation that still hasn’t […]

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13 Quotes from Jose Eduardo Agualusa’s A General Theory of Oblivion on Yearning, Dreams, God, Forgetting, and Angola

Last month, with his ninth novel and twentieth book, A General Theory of Oblivion, Angola’s Jose Eduardo Agualusa became the second African to win the €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award. Published in Portuguese in 2012 and translated into English in 2016, A General Theory of Oblivion was also a finalist for the 2016 Man Booker […]

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With His 20th Book, Jose Eduardo Agualusa Is the Second African to Win the International Dublin Literary Award

Angola’s Jose Eduardo Agualusa has won the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award for his novel A General Theory of Oblivion, making him the second African to do so and the first writer generally whose work had been translated from Portuguese. Formerly the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the annual prize is in its twenty-second year and, […]

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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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