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Namwali Serpell to Join Harvard English Department as Full Professor

  Namwali Serpell announced on Twitter this week that she will be joining the Harvard English Department as Full Professor of English in Fall 2021. Serpell worked previously as Professor of English at University of California-Berkley where she began teaching in 2008. Her academic career is marked by numerous journal publications and three books of […]

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Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift Shortlisted for the 2020 Arthur C. Clarke Award

Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift has been shortlisted for the 2020 Arthur C. Clarke Award. The Arthur C. Clarke Award, which is in its 34th year, awards “the best science fiction novel first published in the United Kingdom during the previous year.” The 2020 shortlist announcement was made by the British Science Fiction Foundation, the […]

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Namwali Serpell Shortlisted for the £30,000 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award

Namwali Serpell has been shortlisted for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. The Zambian-American author of the acclaimed novel The Old Drift is one of the six writers selected from a longlist of seventeen. Serpell, who won the Caine Prize in 2015, is shortlisted for her short story “Take It.” At £30,000, the Sunday […]

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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. https://t.co/HdjpdWCi31 https://t.co/3steOIrWe7 — […]

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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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Nnedi Okorafor’s LaGuardia Wins 2020 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story or Comic

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Nigeria’s Nnedi Okorafor is on a roll! Barely two weeks since bagging an Eisner Award, Okarafor wins the coveted Hugo […]

Ugandan Novelist Jennifer Makumbi on All-Female Short Story Prize Longlist

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Celebrated Ugandan author Jennifer Makumbi is on the longlist of the 2020 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for her debut […]

Is Oedipus Rex a Form of Detective Fiction? — Watch Episode 5 of Prof. Ato Quayson’s Vlog

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The fifth episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s vlog Critic.Reading.Writing is up! As the literary vlog enters its fifth week, Quayson […]

Wole Soyinka Writes Letter of Solidarity for Detained Humanist Mubarak Bala

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Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has never hesitated to speak out in the face of injustice. He recently penned a letter […]

Kenyan Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu and Ghanaian American Playwright Jocelyn Bioh Collaborating on a Disney+ Project

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Wanuri Kahiu will direct the Disney+ film adaptation of the Broadway musical, Once on This Island, reports Hollywood Reporter. Ghanaian-American […]

Treasure is a New Novella by Oyinkan Braithwaite

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Calling all fans of My Sister, the Serial Killer! Oyinkan Braithwaite has a new novella out. Titled Treasure, the book […]

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