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Anticipation for Jennifer Makumbi’s Ongoing East Africa Book Tour, as New Collection Is Nominated for the 2019 Big Book Awards

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The Ugandan novelist Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi has begun her East Africa book tour to promote her new short story collection. Published in the UK this May by Oneworld as Manchester Happened, and forthcoming in the US in July from Transit as Let’s Tell This Story Properly, the collection is an anticipated one—especially coming after her 2018 Windham-Campbell […]

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How Contemporary African Novelists Have Embraced Historical Fiction

Most of the best-known Africa-set African novels of the last five years are works of historical fiction: from Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s Dust (2013), from Kenya, and Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu (2014), from Uganda, to Chinelo Okparanta’s Under the Udala Trees (2015), from Nigeria, Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing (2016), from Ghana, Peter Kimani’s Dance of the Jakaranda (2016), […]

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Jennifer Makumbi Honoured with $165,000 Windham-Campbell Prize, Alongside 7 Others

Uganda’s Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, author of Kintu, has been awarded a $165,000 Windham-Campbell Prize. She is being honoured alongside: poets Lorna Goodison (Jamaica) and Cathy Park Hong (US); dramatists Lucas Hnath (US) and Suzan-Lori Parks (US); nonfiction writers Sarah Bakewell (UK) and Olivia Laing (UK); and fellow fiction writer John Keene (US). Makumbi is now the seventh […]

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The Reviews Are In! | Namwali Serpell Has High Praise for Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu is one of the hit novels of 2017. A historical drama, it tells the story of an 18th century Ugandan patriarch whose actions bring misfortune on his descendants. Kintu is a cross-generational novel that jump-cuts across centuries and decades. To say the story is gripping is an understatement. Kintu is a certifide unputdownable! […]

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Booker Prize Winning Publisher, Oneworld, Picks Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu for UK Publication

Oneworld, publishers of the 2015 and 2016 winners of the Booker Prize—Marlon James’s A Brief History of Seven Killings and Paul Beatty’s The Sellout, respectively—have picked up the UK rights to Jennifer Makumbi’s “Great Ugandan Novel” Kintu. According to The Bookseller, “Oneworld publisher Juliet Mabey bought UK and Commonwealth rights from James McDonald-Lockhart at Antony Harwood.” Kintu, […]

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Jennifer Makumbi Talks Homosexuality, Idi Amin and Islam in Uganda, and Why Feminism Is Still Incomplete

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi recently had a banging interview with The Los Angeles Review of Books. Her novel Kintu, which won the Kwani? Manuscript Project Award in 2014 and was longlisted for the 2016 Etisalat Prize, has drawn praise. Publishers Weekly called it “A masterpiece of cultural memory…elegantly poised on the crossroads of tradition and modernity.” Library Journal describes it as “Reminiscent […]

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When We Talk about Kintu | Ellah Wakatama Allfrey | Essay

When Kwani? launched its Manuscript Project competition in 2012 the stated aim was to find the best unpublished novels by writers from across Africa—and to publish them for readers across Africa. The call for submissions asserted a firm belief that ‘there is no greater celebration of emergent forms than in publishing our own’ with Billy Kahora […]

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My Favorite Books by African Writers in 2016 | by Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed

Call me biased, but 2016 was another great year for African literature. Cassava Republic Press launched in the UK with an aim to “change the way the world thinks about African writing.” Works written in African languages were translated into English — including two books published by Phoneme Media, Roland Rugero’s Baho! (said to be […]

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Binyavanga Wainaina, Bestselling Author, Queer Icon, and Great Literary Influencer, Passes on at 48

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Binyavanga Wainaina, the great Kenyan writer, bestselling memoirist, queer icon, beloved literary influencer, and arguably the best prose writer of […]

Membrane: A Festival of African Literatures and Ideas | May 23-26 in Stuttgart

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Three major cultural organizations in Germany, Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Institut français and Akademie Schloss Solitude, are hosting a four-day international literary […]

Akachi Chukwuemeka, Poet and Editor of the University of Nigeria’s Literary Journal The Muse, Passes on at 21

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Chukwuemeka “Akachi” Emmanuel Ugwoke, a Nigerian poet and editor of The Muse, the literary journal of the University of Nigeria, […]

The Caine Prize Announces 2019 Shortlist

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Five writers—from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria—have been shortlisted for the 2019 Caine Prize, for short stories that explore “the […]

Short Story Day Africa Announces 2019 Prize Theme: Disruption

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Short Story Day Africa has announced the theme for its 2019 Prize: “Disruption.” The prize will be open to submissions […]

Nnedi Okorafor, Tomi Adeyemi, Tiah Beautement, Tendai Huchu, Imraan Coovadia Make 28-Strong Shortlists for $3,000 Nommo Awards

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The shortlists for the 2019 Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans have been announced. This comes weeks after the […]

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