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The Very Zimbabwean Story Behind Petina Gappah’s Rotten Row Book Cover

Rotten Row is Petina Gappa’s forthcoming collection of short stories. The Zimbabwean author who closely documented the experience of writing this book on Facebook, revealed earlier this year that she began writing the collection in 2014 [read here if you missed it]. Gappah has been hyping the book, calling it the book she was meant to […]

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African Writers Hustling Hard | Petina Gappah and Nnedi Okorafor Celebrate Completed Manuscripts

Social media lets us into the lives of authors in ways that would have been quite inconceivable in the past. Thanks to Facebook, we know who is flying to what country, having drinks with which friends, signing book deals, and celebrating birthdays. But there is something particularly lovely about having authors share live updates of […]

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Petina Gappah’s 2-Second Bob Marley Cover is Perfection

Gappah’s Bob Marley cover should go down in history as the most delightful few seconds in the history of African literature. Okay, maybe we are exaggerating, but still. Gappah whose new novel The Book of Memory was recently released in the US did a moth.org podcast. It was posted a few days ago. In the piece […]

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Panashe Chigumadzi’s Harare Novel is Feminist in Every Way

There seems to be no end to all the good fiction being written about Zimbabwe—Bulawayo’s We Need New Names, Gappah’s The Book of Memory, Huchu’s The Hairdresser of Harare and recently The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician. Sweet Medicine, Panashe Chigumadzi’s debut novel is the latest in a growing body of fictional works that represent […]

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This Photo Captures Everything We Love About The African Literary Scene

It’s no news that there is a strong African literary presence on social media. The scene is vibrant and intellectually stimulating. And while there are shouting matches—only when the Nigerians are in the house—there are also lots of laughs and genuinely delightful moments—like this one. The photo was taken at the recently concluded Open Book […]

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Bernardine Evaristo, Chigozie Obioma, & Oyinkan Braithwaite Make 13-Strong Longlist for the 2019 Booker Prize

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The 2019 Booker Prize longlist was announced hours ago, and on it are Bernardine Evaristo for her eighth book Girl, […]

SynCity NG Releases Anniversary Anthology, Introduced by Tendai Huchu, and Announces Prize Winners, Judged by Mukoma wa Ngugi & Leye Adenle

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In celebration of its one-year anniversary, the Nigeria-based African literature blog SynCity NG announced a prize and a call for […]

Ellah Wakatama Allfrey to Lead New Project for Artistic Partnership between University of Manchester and HOME

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As part of their three-year artistic partnership, the University of Manchester and the Manchester-based arts venue HOME have created a […]

ReWrite London Calls for Short Fiction Submissions from Black Women & Women of Colour

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ReWrite, the London-based platform for Black women and women of colour, founded in 2017 by the Congolese-British writer and facilitator […]

Sunday Times Announces Shortlists for South Africa’s Alan Paton Award & Barry Ronge Fiction Prize

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Sunday Times has announced the shortlists for the prestigious South African literary prizes: the Alan Paton Award, in its 30th […]

Patrice Nganang’s When the Plums Are Ripe, the Second in His Historical Fiction Trilogy, Tells the Story of Cameroon’s Forced Entry into World War II

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The Cameroonian writer and Stony Brook literature professor Patrice Nganang, who in 2017 was arrested for criticising the country’s 37-year-ruling […]

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