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African Lit on Instagram Vol. 7 | Say Hi to Lauren Beukes and her Green Locks

Have you ever felt the need to update our look—new hair color, unusual nail design, edgier clothing style—but lacked the will to take the big step? We found the perfect African literary icon to inspire you into taking that plunge towards reinventing your style. In May, South Africa’s top speculative fiction writer, Lauren Beukes, debuted her newly dyed […]

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Read Lauren Beukes’s Cute Letter to a 13-Year-Old Aspiring Writer

A brave 13 year old girl sends Lauren Beukes an email asking her for writing advice. As you may know, the South African writer is not just an award-winning author but also one of the biggest names in speculative fiction. It’s an understatement to say she leads a very busy life. But she also knows the importance […]

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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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Nnedi Okorafor’s LaGuardia Wins 2020 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story or Comic

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Nigeria’s Nnedi Okorafor is on a roll! Barely two weeks since bagging an Eisner Award, Okarafor wins the coveted Hugo […]

Ugandan Novelist Jennifer Makumbi on All-Female Short Story Prize Longlist

Jennifer Makumbi on All-Female Short Story Prize Longlist

Celebrated Ugandan author Jennifer Makumbi is on the longlist of the 2020 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for her debut […]

Is Oedipus Rex a Form of Detective Fiction? — Watch Episode 5 of Prof. Ato Quayson’s Vlog

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The fifth episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s vlog Critic.Reading.Writing is up! As the literary vlog enters its fifth week, Quayson […]

Wole Soyinka Writes Letter of Solidarity for Detained Humanist Mubarak Bala

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Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has never hesitated to speak out in the face of injustice. He recently penned a letter […]

Kenyan Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu and Ghanaian American Playwright Jocelyn Bioh Collaborating on a Disney+ Project

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Wanuri Kahiu will direct the Disney+ film adaptation of the Broadway musical, Once on This Island, reports Hollywood Reporter. Ghanaian-American […]

Treasure is a New Novella by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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Calling all fans of My Sister, the Serial Killer! Oyinkan Braithwaite has a new novella out. Titled Treasure, the book […]

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