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Chigozie Obioma, New Daughters of Africa Contributors, to Headline the 2019 Africa Writes Festival

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Three conversations—with the Nigerian novelist Chigozie Obioma, with the contributors to New Daughters of Africa anthology, and one on poetry—will be the headline events at the 2019 Africa Writes Festival, the UK’s biggest annual African literature spectacle sponsored by the Royal African Society and hosted at the British Library and Rich Mix. The festival had […]

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Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift, Hailed as the Great Zambian Novel, Is a Multigenerational Tale Blending History and Science Fiction

Quite a lot is happening ahead of the release of The Old Drift, Namwali Serpell’s debut novel. Justifiably so as she is one of our best prose stylists. Forthcoming on 26 March 2019 from Penguin Random House imprint Hogarth, the 576-page The Old Drift is set on the Zambezi River and tells the story of […]

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I Started Reading and Just Stopped Halfway and Thought—This is Really Bad | What Achebe, Soyinka, Adichie, Forna, Binyavanga, Teju Cole, Serpell Thought About VS Naipaul

VS Naipaul, Nobel Prize and Booker Prize-winning novelist and nonfiction writer, passed on days ago at 85 years of age. As is the norm, countless think pieces have appeared on his life. While Naipaul’s genius talent and his standing as a literary great aren’t in doubt, it is his legacy that stutters. Born in Trinidad […]

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Five Beautiful Acts of Generosity by African Writers

In the midst of the pressure to deliver under that heavy tag “African Writer,” in the back and forth between critics and between writers and between critics and writers, in the midst of big novels and million-dollar book deals and accumulating prizes, it is easy to lose sight of community and what it means to […]

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Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Namwali Serpell, and Siyanda Mohutsiwa Discuss Being an African Writer in White Markets

The Stoop is a podcast that seeks out interesting but often un-publicized stories. It is hosted by Sudanese-American journalist Hana Baba and fellow San Francisco-based journalist Leila Day. For its Episode 15, titled “The African Writer’s Dilemma,” it invited Nigerian novelist Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Zambian writer Namwali Serpell, and Motswana writer and speaker Siyanda Mohutsiwa to discuss African […]

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“Weapons Are Metaphors. We Use Them in Figures of Speech”: Namwali Serpell’s Essay on “Black Panther”

Namwali Serpell has joined the growing number of thinkers and observers who are weighing in on the Black Panther phenomenon. While most think-pieces see the film through its politics or fashion or overall aesthetics, Serpell has particularized hers to something essential in not only Wakanda but in every superhero world: weapons. The essay, in the […]

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African Literary Digest: 79 Notable Pieces of 2017

It isn’t that time of the year when we look back on what happened in it—that time is December, and this is February. But a delay in releasing this list seemed inevitable for a year that, on several levels, saw our literary culture expand. Organisations took groundbreaking steps: in March, Jalada Africa held a 12-city, […]

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Opportunity for Zambian Writers | Submit to the Kalemba Short Story Prize

The inaugural edition of the Kalemba Short Story Prize is open for submissions. Organised by Ukusefya WORDS, it is a yearly prize awarded to outstanding unpublished fiction written by Zambian nationals, living either within or outside the country. The winner, whose identity will be revealed at a ceremony in Lusaka on March 1, 2018, gets […]

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Gerald Kraak Prize Anthology, Trifonia Melibea Obono, Uzodinma Iweala Shortlisted for the 2019 LAMBDA Literary Awards

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Four books by Africans have been shortlisted for the 2019 LAMBDA Literary Awards for literature about LGBTQI+ people. Equatoguinean writer […]

Praxis Magazine Announces Seven Poetry Chapbooks for Its 2019-20 Publication Series

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Praxis magazine has selected seven poetry chapbooks for its 2019-20 publication series. The announcement, made on its website, included submissions from […]

Poetry Collective & Press Konya Shamsrumi Gets New Columnist-Bloggers in Tafirenyika, Anena, Grieder, Gatawa, and Sabuke

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The poetry collective and press Konya Shamsrumi (KSR) has announced new columnist-bloggers for its website. They are: Tinashe Tafirenyika, the two-time National Arts Merit […]

Chigozie Obioma, New Daughters of Africa Contributors, to Headline the 2019 Africa Writes Festival

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Three conversations—with the Nigerian novelist Chigozie Obioma, with the contributors to New Daughters of Africa anthology, and one on poetry—will […]

#PoetryTalk | I Write Outside the Margins: Interview with Adura Ojo

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In this edition of #PoetryTalk, Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike chats with Adura Ojo about her writing. In the interview, she talks […]

Professor Kwame Dawes Awarded $165,000 Windham-Campbell Prize, Alongside Seven Others

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Professor Kwame Dawes is among the eight recipients of the 2019 Windham-Campbell Prizes, which, at $165,000 for each winner, is one of the […]

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