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South African Literary Awards 2019: All the Winners

The winners of the 2019 South African Literary Awards (SALA) were announced on Thursday, November 7, at a ceremony held in Johannesburg. Winners were announced for thirteen categories, ten of which were competitive. SALA was founded in 2005 by the wRite Associates – an events and project management company that focuses on the arts, culture, […]

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Niq Mhlongo on Why He’s Skeptical of (South African) Literary Prizes

The 2019 Media24 Books Literary Prizes were announced in June, giving out a total of R200,000 in six categories. The prizes honour the best work released in the previous year by Media24 book publishers, which include Jonathan Ball Publishers and NB-Uitgewers/Publishers, the latter of which includes such imprints as Human & Rousseau, Tafelberg, Kwela Books, […]

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African Literary Digest: 101 Notable Pieces of 2018

It was inevitable: compiling a list as monstrous as this would consume time, cause a delay. But here we are. 2018 came with its own firsts and highs. A new major publishing house came on board: The Indigo Press, founded by the distinguished Zimbabwean editor and critic Ellah Allfrey. A new major magazine: Kabaka, dedicated to publishing queer-centered […]

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Photos: Kenya’s TBC Book Club Celebrates It’s 2-year Anniversary

On Saturday 14th July 2018, TBC BOOK Club celebrated its 2-year anniversary with a panel of celebrated authors; Yvonne Owour (Kenya), Hawa Jande Golakai (Liberia), Zukiswa Wanner (South Africa) and Niq Mhlongo (South Africa). The book club is an initiative of Text Book Centre, the leading chain of bookstores in Kenya. It celebrated two years since […]

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Writing in Migration | Photos from the Festival of African Writers in Berlin

Last month, the Nigerian-German novelist Olumide Popoola, author of When We Speak of Nothing, curated a star-studded festival of African writers in Berlin. The event, held from 26–28 April at Kino Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 3010178, Berlin, was themed “Writing in Migration” and was presented by the literary agency InterKontinental. It was sponsored by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and Berlin’s Senate Department for […]

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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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“A Mission to Reshape Our History” | Read Niq Mhlongo’s Inspirational BRICS 2017 Literary Forum Keynote Speech

A keynote speech delivered by the South African novelist Niq Mhlongo—author of Dog Eat Dog (2004), After Tears (2007), Way Back Home (2013), and Affluenza (2016)—at the BRICS 2017 Literary Forum in Zhuhai, China on 15 December 2017. Cleansing the Past and Restoring the Truthful Reality Thirteen years ago in 2004, my first novel Dog Eat Dog was published by Kwela. […]

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Olumide Popoola to Curate Star-Studded 2018 Berlin Festival of African Writers

Olumide Popoola, Nigerian-German author of When We Speak of Nothing, will be curating a star-studded 2018 festival of African writers in Berlin. The event, themed “Writing in Migration,” is presented by the literary agency InterKontinental, and will be attended by writers from Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, and Ghana. For the first […]

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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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