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Spice Up Your Reading with These 16 Short Story Collections by African Authors from Indie Presses

So maybe reading huge books to kill that lockdown time isn’t your thing. No worries; there are short story collections aplenty for the reader who wants a quick dose of fiction from time to time. Here, we’ve collected sixteen notable recently-published short story collections that were published by sixteen different independent presses — presses which […]

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Oyinkan Braithwaite, Mia Couto, Uzodinma Iweala, Cynthia Jele Longlisted for 2020 International Dublin Literary Award

The longlist for the 2020 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has just been announced and twelve Africans are on it: Canadian author of Ghanaian heritage Esi Edugyan for Washington Black, Rwanda’s Gael Faye for Small Country, Morroco’s Leila Silmani for Lullaby, Angola’s Ondjaki for Transparent City, South Africa’s Nozizwe Cynthia Jele for The Ones With […]

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Translator Publishes List of 146 Books by 66 African Authors Selling in Chinese

A translator of Chinese into English, Bruce Humes, has published a list of 146 books by 66 African authors selling in China. In his list, some of the books, likely academic texts, are grouped under “Introduction to African Drama,” “Introduction to African Epics,” “Introduction to African Literature,” “Poetry Collections,” “Short Story Collections,” and “Taiwan Editions.” […]

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Chinelo Okparanta, Mia Couto and Jose Eduardo Agualusa Shortlisted for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award

The 2017 Dublin Literary Award has released its ten-strong shortlist, and on it are Nigeria’s Chinelo Okparanta for Under the Udala Trees, Mozambique’s Mia Couto for Confession of the Lioness, and Angola’s Jose Eduardo Agualusa for A General Theory of Oblivion. The shortlist was arrived at from a longlist of 147 books. Formerly the IMPAC […]

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Find Out Which African Writer Has 7 Pseudonyms

Pseudonyms are standard in the publishing world. Writers publish under names other than their legal names for all sorts of reasons—to hide their identity or simply because they don’t like their legal names. But there are others who use pseudonyms because they believe that their message is way more important than their own individual identity. In […]

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We Gave You Refuge, You Give Us Death | Mozambican Novelist Mia Couto Speaks out Against Xenophobic South Africa

The ongoing xenophobic killing in South Africa is sad and shocking. Spine-chilling moments of these killings captured on videos and photographs have been making their rounds on social media, causing a lot of outrage. African intellectuals are speaking out and calling on the South African government to act quickly and effectively. Last week, Cameroonian philosopher […]

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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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