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Congolese Novelist Fiston Mujila Wins 2015 Etisalat Prize for African Literature

Fiston Mwanza Mujila has been announced as the 2015 winner of the Etisalat Prize for African Literature for his novel Tram 83. The 34-year-old novelist was awarded the £15,000 prize minutes ago at the Intecontinental Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos (19 March). The little known author from the Democratic Republic of Congo broke into the global literary scene […]

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Commonwealth Book Prize Has Been Scrapped

Barely two years after it replaced the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for Best Book, the Commonwealth Book Prize, awarded to the best first novel and aimed at recognizing emerging writers, has been scrapped. Here is the official announcement made by the Commonwealth Writer’s organization last week. As is usual with documents like these, the pressing question is not […]

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Maurice Sendak— “I don’t know how to write a children’s book.” Watch NEW VIDEO

“I do not believe that I’ve ever written a children’s book. I don’t know how to write a children’s book,” says one of the greatest children’s book artist that ever lived. Clearly, Maurice Sendak is just messing with us.  Anyway, watch this short video of Sendak—who passed away last month—reflecting on how his ordinary Brooklyn […]

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Please, No Text Mining Here

Publishers and professors are fighting over text mining. This is why. Ever wondered what happens to the millions of articles published yearly in academic journals? Who reads them, as horridly boring as they are?  In the old days, before computers arrived on earth, Professor Naughty would imprison himself in a cold, dusty library reading room […]

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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 […]

Read the First Excerpt from Petina Gappah’s New Novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light

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Petina Gappah‘s new novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light was released on 10 September by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. […]

We Need To Talk | Muriel Adhiambo | Fiction

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IT WAS A warm, humid night in the lakeside city of Kisumu. Under a starless sky, the women, seated on […]

For World Diabetes Day, Miss BloodSugar Calls for Entries to Competition & Anthology Sponsored by Bella Naija

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Press release: What’s your diabetes story? Are you diabetic? Have you been impacted by the experiences of a family/friend/patient with […]

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