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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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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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