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Lauren Beukes Kicks Out Apartheid-Era Assassin from Literary Event

Popular South African novelist Lauren Beukes became the talk of African literary Twitter when she asked Eugene de Kock, an apartheid assassin to leave a party organized by Sunday Times to celebrate writers longlisted for the Sunday Times Alan Paton Literary Prize. She posted on Twitter: Uh. What the Actual Fuck. Apartheid assassin Eugene de […]

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Dark, Edgy, Slippery Stories | Lauren Beukes’ New Book Set for August Release

South Africa’s speculative fiction queen has been busy concocting a collection of stories. Ever since her blockbuster thriller Broken Monsters, fans have been wondering how much longer they’d have to wait to enjoy more of Beukes’ killer storytelling skills (no pun intended!). The wait, it appears, will soon be over. On August 2, Taychon Publishers […]

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2015 Artists in Residency Shortlist Released, South Africa Leads With 26 Nominations

In September, we announced a unique opportunity for a fully funded residency open to Africans in all sectors of the creative arts–visual, literary, performance arts and film. [read here if you missed it] The shortlist of nominees are out, and South Africa cleans house with 26 nominations. 423 applications came in from 40 countries on […]

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African Literature on Instagram Vol. 5 | Lauren Beukes and Joey Hifi Take America!

“Hello New York,” Lauren Beukes wrote on Instagram [@laurenbeukes], “I have traveled for 26 hours to see you, including limbo time in airports, to do these cool things in town this week.” She goes on to reel out a list of events and appearances. This was last month when she and Dale Halvorsen aka Joey Hifi […]

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This Photo Captures Everything We Love About The African Literary Scene

It’s no news that there is a strong African literary presence on social media. The scene is vibrant and intellectually stimulating. And while there are shouting matches—only when the Nigerians are in the house—there are also lots of laughs and genuinely delightful moments—like this one. The photo was taken at the recently concluded Open Book […]

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African Writers on Writing | Lauren Beukes Likens Writing to a Virus, an Infection, and a Parasite

There are aspiring African writers out there working hard to produce good work. To help them get ahead in the literary hustle, we  keep an eye out for words of encouragement and advice from successful African authors. This edition of the “African Writers on Writing” series comes straight out of South Africa where all sorts of interesting […]

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Yet Another African Novel Begins the Journey to the Big Screen | Khaled Towfik’s Utopia

Lauren Beukes’ The Shinning Girls, Adichie’s Americanah, Uzodinma Iweala’s Beast of No Nation, and now Ahmed Khaled Towfik’s Utopia. [See HERE, HERE, and HERE] The Egyptian bestselling novel is the latest in a growing collection of African novels optioned for the big screen. Set in 2023, it tells the story of a dystopian world where an […]

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My African Book Diary | The Unlovable Serial Killer

I made the mistake of reading Broken Monsters while my husband was away for a few days playing out-of-town shows. Bad idea. Broken Monsters is a disturbing and scary piece of work. I couldn’t go back to sleep not because I feared that a ghost would pop out of the shadows. I just couldn’t get the picture […]

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The Heart of It: Working Through Xenophobia in South Africa | Ruksana Elk

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READ: 15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa Talking xenophobia with South Africans of all classes […]

The Brittle Paper Interview with the Caine Prize 2019 Winner: Lesley Nneka Arimah

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In July, Lesley Nneka Arimah received the 2019 Caine Prize, the award’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published […]

Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

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The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The […]

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

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

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