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Namwali Serpell Longlisted for the Richest Short Story Prize in English

At £30,000, the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award is the richest prize for a single short story in the English language and is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who has been published in the UK or Ireland. Zambian-American novelist Namwali Serpell has been longlisted for the 2020 […]

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Your African Literary Horoscope: What To Read in May, Based on Your Star Sign

Looking for something to read this month of May? Why not let the power of celestial bodies decide? Below, we recommend books to read based on your May forecast. Check your star sign for some reading inspo! Aries As the first sign of the zodiac, you’re known for being a pioneer, always eager to kick […]

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Namwali Serpell “Tweaches” a Lecture for an English Course


As one effect of the current global pandemic, teachers and professors across the world have moved their classes online. Namwali Serpell recently reinvigorated the notion of remote-teaching by “tweaching” — tweeting a lecture for a course she is currently teaching at the University of California-Berkeley, ENGL 145: Writing Technology. Update: I twaught. — […]

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Namwali Serpell and Marlon James Emerge Winners of Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

The winners of the 40th Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced. Among the winners across 14 categories are the Zambian novelist Namwali Serpell and Booker Prize-winning Jamaican author Marlon James. Serpell, who was nominated in two categories: the Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the inaugural Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, […]

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Namwali Serpell’s Forthcoming Essay Collection, Stranger Faces, Dissects the Mythology & Mutability of the Human Face

She’s best known as the sublime fiction writer behind The Old Drift, but Namwali Serpell is also a distinguished critic and essayist. For starters, the Zambian novelist, an associate professor of English at UC Berkeley, published her first book of literary criticism Seven Modes of Uncertainty in 2014 and then won The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for […]

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Zambian-American Novelist Namwali Serpell Wins $165,000 as a Recipient of the 2020 Windham-Campbell Prize

Zambian-American author Namwali Serpell is one of the eight authors awarded the 2020 Windham-Campbell Prizes. At $165,000 per winner, the prize is one of the richest literary prizes in the world. The 2020 prize is largely dominated by women. Seven out of the eight are women. Serpell was honored for fiction alongside Chinese-American author Yiyun; […]

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COVID-19: How Some African Authors Are Reacting to the Pandemic

Like everyone else across the world, our favorite authors are confronted with the threat of COVID-19. Here, we document some of their reactions on social media to the pandemic. These range from providing uplifting advice and offering practical measures to tackling the crisis with a touch of humor. We take all of them as ways […]

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Namwali Serpell, Maaza Mengiste & Marlon James Are Finalists for Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

Finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced. The Ethiopian novelist Maaza Mengiste is nominated in the Fiction category for her second novel The Shadow King, which is set during the second Italo-Ethiopian war and centers on women who fought in it. The Zambian novelist Namwali Serpell is nominated in the Ray […]

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