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Nairobi Noir, Edited by Peter Kimani & Featuring Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Stanley Gazemba, Troy Onyango, Makena Onjerika, Forthcoming in February 2020

Each anthology in Akashic Books’ noir series is “set in a distinct neighborhood or location within the respective city” and includes new fiction by writers from the country. In 2018, there was Lagos Noir, edited by Chris Abani and featuring fellow Nigerians Chika Unigwe, Nnedi Okoroafor, E.C. Osondu, Sarah Ladipo Mayinka, and Jude Dibia, among […]

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Lesley Nneka Arimah Wins the 2019 Caine Prize, on Her Third Shortlisting

Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the 2019 Caine Prize, the prize’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern‘s Issue 53. The announcement was made an hour ago at the award dinner at Senate House, University of London, organised in partnership with SOAS and the Centre for African Studies. The Nigerian […]

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At 81, Ngugi wa Thiong’o Announces 34th Book, a Gikuyu Philosophical Epic Novel, 13 Years After His Last

Thirteen years after his last novel Wizard of the Crow, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, who turned 81 on 5 January, has a new one forthcoming. Kenda Muiyuru: Rugano Rwa Gikuyu na Mumbi, published in Gikuyu by East African Educational Publishers, is, according to Kenya’s The Standard, “a ground-breaking epic that subverts patriarchy and roots for social equity.” The […]

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How Contemporary African Novelists Have Embraced Historical Fiction

Most of the best-known Africa-set African novels of the last five years are works of historical fiction: from Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s Dust (2013), from Kenya, and Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu (2014), from Uganda, to Chinelo Okparanta’s Under the Udala Trees (2015), from Nigeria, Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing (2016), from Ghana, Peter Kimani’s Dance of the Jakaranda (2016), […]

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Review | Hybridising Histories in Peter Kimani’s Dance Of The Jakaranda | Matthew Lecznar

Peter Kimani’s novel Dance of the Jakaranda—published in the UK by Saqi Books—makes for an enlightening and beguiling read. At one level, it is the story of Kenya’s transition from British colonial rule to independence in 1963, told from the perspectives of a diverse range of protagonists. But as the narrative proceeds, Kimani gradually adds […]

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Book Excerpt | Peter Kimani’s “Dance of the Jakaranda”

Saqi Books is releasing the UK edition of Peter Kimani’s Dance of the Jakaranda, originally published last year by Akashic Books. Set in 1960s Kenya, “the novel traces the lives and loves of three men—preacher Richard Turnbull, the colonial administrator Ian McDonald, and Indian technician Babu Salim—whose lives intersect when they are implicated in the […]

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EVENT | An Evening with Peter Kimani and Fiammetta Rocco in London

Hey there London-based Brittlepaperians, here is an event we’d love you to attend. Kenyan Novelist Peter Kimani will be in London in about a week to talk about his critically acclaimed debut novel, Dance of the Jakaranda. He will be in conversation with Fiamemetta Rocco, Culture Correspondent at The Economist. Kimani has a distinctly beautiful writing style, which […]

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The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017: Ayobami Adebayo, Peter Kimani and Trevor Noah Included

The New York Times Book Review‘s prestigious 100 Notable Books of 2017 list has been released, and it includes Ayobami Adebayo’s novel Stay with Me, Peter Kimani’s novel Dance of the Jakaranda, and Trevor Noah’s autobiography Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. Ayobami Adebayo’s Stay with Me is described as “a portrait of a marriage […]

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Scholarship and Mentorship Opportunity with Ellah P. Wakatama OBE (Open to Black British Writers)

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The Literary Consultancy (TLC) has launched a new scholarship aimed at providing “writers on low-income and/or from communities currently under-represented […]

Watch Joseph Adesunloye’s Documentary Film on The AKO Caine Prize

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A few weeks ago, the AKO Caine Prize organizers announced that the award dinner held at the British Library will […]

Two African Writers Featured in Beyoncé’s Black Is King Visual Album

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Beyoncé’s new visual album Black Is King is making waves, but the exciting part is that there are two African […]

Ethiopian Author Mihret Sibhat’s Signs Book Deal for Debut Novel The History of a Difficult Child

Ethiopian Author Mihret Sibhat's Signs Book Deal for Debut Novel The History of a Difficult Child

Ethiopian author Mihret Sibhat’s debut novel The History of a Difficult Child, about “a girl child contending with familial & […]

Idza Luhumyo Wins Inaugural Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa Award

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Idza Luhumyo was recently announced as the winner of the inaugural Margaret Busby New Daughters of Africa Award. The award […]

Video | Zimbabwean Novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga Released After Her Arrest on July 31

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Days after Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga was longlisted for the Booker Prize, she was arrested while protesting. The arrest took […]

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