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Read the First Excerpt from Petina Gappah’s New Novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light

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Petina Gappah‘s new novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light was released on 10 September by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. Told by a woman and a man, it details the 285-day journey by a party carrying the Irish explorer Dr. David Livingstone’s dead body to the Indian Ocean coast. The publication of the highly anticipated […]

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Translator Publishes List of 146 Books by 66 African Authors Selling in Chinese

A translator of Chinese into English, Bruce Humes, has published a list of 146 books by 66 African authors selling in China. In his list, some of the books, likely academic texts, are grouped under “Introduction to African Drama,” “Introduction to African Epics,” “Introduction to African Literature,” “Poetry Collections,” “Short Story Collections,” and “Taiwan Editions.” […]

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The 2018 Brittle Paper Awards: Announcing the Shortlists

Update: For failure to attribute an original source, the Caine Prize, in September 2019, removed Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor’s “All Our Lives” from its 2019 shortlist, while Short Story Day Africa released a statement on intertextuality. Because we believe it to have resulted from inexperience rather than intentional withholding, we did not withdraw it from our […]

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Petina Gappah Is Working on a Rhodesia Trilogy Comprising a Comedy, a Tragedy, and an Epic

Petina Gappah is working on a series, what she calls the Rhodesia Trilogy. The Zimbabwean writer and novelist, whose short story, “The News of Her Death,” was named by Sunday Times in their “100 Greatest Short Stories of All-Time,” shared the information on Facebook. Rhodesia was one of the colonial names of Zimbabwe—Southern Rhodesia was another—from 1898 to […]

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Faber & Faber to Reissue Petina Gappah Short Story as Part of 90th Anniversary Celebration

To mark its 90th anniversary in 2019, UK publishing house Faber & Faber has announced that it will reissue short stories by some of its most celebrated authors whom it has described as “masters of the short story form at work in a range of genres and styles.” Among said authors is Zimbabwean writer and […]

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Petina Gappah, Chimamanda Adichie in Sunday Times’ List of 100 Best Short Stories of All Time

Petina Gappah’s “The News of Her Death” and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “A Private Experience” have been named in Sunday Times‘ list of the 100 best short stories of all time. Their work appear alongside work by such modern masters of the genre as Yiyun Li, Jhumpa Lahiri, Anthony Doerr, and George Saunders, and a host of literary […]

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Scribner Secures North America Rights to Petina Gappah’s Rotten Row and Second Novel

Last June, we brought news that Petina Gappah had completed the manuscript of her second novel and was shipping it to her editors. The manuscript, then titled The Last Journey of Doctor Livingstone (from the Interior to the Coast of Africa as Narrated by His African Companions), has now been picked by U.S. publishers Scribner and […]

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15 Authors, 19 Novels: An African History of the Women’s Prize for Fiction

In 1991, the six-name Man Booker Prize shortlist contained only men. Thoroughly dissatisfied, a group of female and male authors, publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians and journalists decided to create a new prize. In 1996, the Women’s Prize for Fiction was founded, to recognize the best original full-length novel in English by a woman, published in the […]

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The Heart of It: Working Through Xenophobia in South Africa | Ruksana Elk

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READ: 15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa Talking xenophobia with South Africans of all classes […]

The Brittle Paper Interview with the Caine Prize 2019 Winner: Lesley Nneka Arimah

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In July, Lesley Nneka Arimah received the 2019 Caine Prize, the award’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published […]

Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

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The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The […]

15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

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