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Chimamanda Adichie’s Collaboration with Jewelry Brand Foundrae Is a Charity Venture for PEN America

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has embarked on a charity collaboration with the American jewelry brand Foundrae as a way to contribute to PEN America’s funding. The arrangement, which she discussed in a new interview with Vanity Fair, saw her design PEN America’s “Freedom of Expression” medallion, on which appears “Foundrae’s signature lexicon of dainty symbols.” Proceeds from […]

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The Six African Authors on the 2017 PEN America Awards Longlist

PEN America has announced the longlist for its 2017 prizes, and there is a plethora of African authors named: from Teju Cole to Yaa Gyasi to Imbolo Mbue to Igoni A. Barrett to Petina Gappah to Helen Oyeyemi. Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing is longlisted for the $25,000 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, awarded “to […]

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I Read to be Consoled | 13 Best Quotes from Adichie’s Pen Festival Lecture + Gorgeous Photos

Chimamanda Adichie’s lecture at the Pen World Voices Festival came and went, leaving a trail of thoughtful quotes and lovely photos. I hope you find inspiration in these quotes and enjoy all the fun photos that comes right after. ****************** 1. “It’s important to me that African stories be told by African people.” 2. “To choose to […]

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Chris Abani Responds to 4 Unusual Questions About Writing

Chris Abani, the Nigerian novelist who brought us Graceland, has published a new novel. The Secret History of Las Vegas was officially released last week. My review copy  of the crime thriller arrived two days ago. Once I’m done writing the review for Okey Ndibe’s Foreign Gods Inc, I’ll dig in and then tell you […]

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The 2019 Gerald Kraak Prize Goes to Nigeria’s OluTimehin Adegbeye

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The 2019 Gerald Kraak Prize has been awarded to Nigeria’s OluTimehin Adegbeye, for her nonfiction piece, “Mothers and Men,” described […]

Binyavanga Wainaina, Bestselling Author, Queer Icon, and Great Literary Influencer, Passes on at 48

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Binyavanga Wainaina, the great Kenyan writer, bestselling memoirist, queer icon, beloved literary influencer, and arguably the best prose writer of […]

Membrane: A Festival of African Literatures and Ideas | May 23-26 in Stuttgart

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Three major cultural organizations in Germany, Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Institut français and Akademie Schloss Solitude, are hosting a four-day international literary […]

Akachi Chukwuemeka, Poet and Editor of the University of Nigeria’s Literary Journal The Muse, Passes on at 21

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Chukwuemeka “Akachi” Emmanuel Ugwoke, a Nigerian poet and editor of The Muse, the literary journal of the University of Nigeria, […]

The Caine Prize Announces 2019 Shortlist

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Five writers—from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria—have been shortlisted for the 2019 Caine Prize, for short stories that explore “the […]

Short Story Day Africa Announces 2019 Prize Theme: Disruption

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Short Story Day Africa has announced the theme for its 2019 Prize: “Disruption.” The prize will be open to submissions […]

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