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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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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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How Petina Gappah Secured Zimbabwe’s Eligibility for the FT/Oppenheimer Emerging Voices Award

The Financial Times/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards is “designed to recognize artistic talent in emerging-market nations.” It honours winners in three categories—art, fiction, and film—with each receiving $40,000 award, with two runners-up in each category receiving $5,000. The inaugural fiction award, in 2015, came home to Chigozie Obioma’s The Fishermen. But when the FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices […]

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Petina Gappah Writes About the Fall of Mugabe in The New Yorker

The most encouraging news out of Africa this past week is the fall of Robert Mugabe, who had been Zimbabwe’s president for 37 years. The 93-year-old former president resigned after the Army intervened and the Parliament decided to impeach him. Writing in The New Yorker‘s News Desk, novelist and lawyer Petina Gappah presents an account […]

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A new Nairobi-based print and online magazine, down river road, is exploring the margins, the shifting centers, and the new […]

Dr Stella Nyanzi Wins Appeal at Ugandan Court, Regains Freedom, But Is Possibly Re-arrested

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Dr Stella Nyanzi is free. The academic, feminist and queer rights advocate has been in prison for criticising Uganda’s long-serving […]

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The Miles Morland Foundation African Writers’ Scholarship is currently accepting accepting applications for its 2020 program. It is an initiative […]

Chinelo Okparanta Recalls Her First Teenage Crush

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“I was 16 years old, nearly 17, when a boy first expressed interest in me. Or, maybe it was that […]

Namwali Serpell, Maaza Mengiste & Marlon James Are Finalists for Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

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Finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been announced. The Ethiopian novelist Maaza Mengiste is nominated in the […]

Romeo Oriogun Shares Heartfelt, Powerful Personal Story as Anticipation Peaks for His Debut Poetry Collection, Sacrament of Bodies

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Romeo Oriogun’s debut poetry collection Sacrament of Bodies is still some 12 days away from its March 1 publication date […]

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