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Watch Actress Ruth Negga Read an Excerpt of Zadie Smith’s Swing Time

Ethiopian and Irish actress Ruth Negga reads from Zadie Smith’s Swing Time. Ruth Negga was nominated for the Golden Globes for her role in Loving, an American movie about interracial marriage. Smith’s novel explores status and class and the way these distinctions shift between Africa and the Western world; a shift to which Negga herself […]

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Adichie Talks Dior, Paris, and Her Fashion Week Experience in New Interview with Elle.com

In October, Adichie sat front row at a Christian Dior fashion show in Paris and watched models strutting the run way dressed in t-shirts bearing the inscription, “we should all be feminists.” [read here if you missed it.] In a recent interview published on elle.com, Adichie takes us back to when Dior first invited her to […]

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Did Shakespeare Smoke Weed?

Is this what happens when American TV tries to think about literature? Jon Stewart, the anchor of The Daily Show, takes a trip down the literary lane and ends up in very strange and hilarious places. Plus, don’t miss out on GOP Chairman, Michael Steele, making a fool of himself. Dude can’t tell the difference […]

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Invisible Cities…and The Dead

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino. A bewitching little book.  No use trying to figure out what it is. Is it a collection of poems, a series of vignettes, a novel, a travel guide, an ethnographic commentary, a bureaucratic document, a lineup of fireside tales, a meditation? What I can tell you is that it’s a rewrite or, […]

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Rushdie at Duke Uni: “Man is a storytelling Animal”

On April 12, Salman Rushdie gave a lecture at Duke University titled, “Public Events, Private Lives: Literature and Politics in the Modern World.”  As far as lectures by novelists go, I have seen better. To be fair, I would say it was merely boring. To be mean, I would say it was vacuous. But I […]

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Photos from the 2018 Open Book Festival in Cape Town

Open Book Festival 2018. Photo credit: Bulumko Gana.

The 2018 Open Book Festival took place from 5-9 September, in Cape Town: event centres included The Fugard Theatre, The District 6 […]

Chimamanda’s Workshop Returns as the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, Sponsored by Trace Nigeria | How to Apply

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In 2017, in what should have been its tenth edition, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie announced that her annual workshop would not […]

Yrsa Daley-Ward’s The Terrible | Model-Turned-Poet’s Memoir Is Part Prose, Part Verse

Yrsa Daley-Ward. Photo credit: Laurel Grolio, for Girls At Library.

Behind the rise of Instagram poet-model-actress-queer activist Yrsa Daley-Ward is an inspiring story. Born to a Nigerian father and a […]

Bakwa Magazine Releases Issue 08: PAIN

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Bakwa magazine has released its eighth issue, themed PAIN. Founded in 2011 by Dzekashu MacViban, Bakwa magazine is Cameroon’s leading Anglophone publication of […]

Teju Cole Joins Harvard’s Department of English as Gore Vidal Professor of Creative Writing

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Teju Cole has joined Harvard University’s Department of English as the Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing. […]

Always Another Country | Sisonke Msimang’s North America Book Tour

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Last October, Sisonke Msimang’s debut memoir Always Another Country was published by Jonathan Ball Publishers in South Africa. The account of […]

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