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My African Book Diary | The Unlovable Serial Killer

I made the mistake of reading Broken Monsters while my husband was away for a few days playing out-of-town shows. Bad idea. Broken Monsters is a disturbing and scary piece of work. I couldn’t go back to sleep not because I feared that a ghost would pop out of the shadows. I just couldn’t get the picture […]

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This African Novelist Has Sold Over 120 Million Copies

The word on the street is “never talk about money and book sales in African literary circles.” African novelists are too cool and too intellectual to be bothered by how well or badly their novels do in the market. Maybe that’s why you’ve never heard of Wilbur Smith, Africa’s richest and biggest celebrity novelist—with 120 […]

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I Was a Dreadful Child | Nadine Gordimer on Her Rather Quirky Childhood

When I came across this Paris Review 1979/1980 interview with Nadine Gordimer, I scanned it for gossip-worthy stuff that I could share with you all. The Nobel Prize winning South African author sounded relaxed in the interview. She was clearly in the mood to share intimate things about her life. She talks about her Lithuanian father […]

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The Very Tricky Problem of Deflowering an African Novel Virgin

If we begin counting from late 19th century when novels written in African languages were being published in South Africa, we could say African novels have been in existence for over a hundred years. That’s a lot of novels! So what do you do when someone who has never read an African novel asks you to make […]

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Wonder Woman in Soweto! | Lauren Beukes Gives African Spin to DC Comic’s Superhero

We know and love Lauren Beukes for spine-tingling urban fantasies like Zoo City, The Shining Girls, and Broken Monsters. Well, it appears there’s even more reason to love South Africa’s “darling of speculative fiction.” Thanks to Beukes’ literary awesomeness, the lasso-wielding Wonder Woman is getting an African make-over. Wonder Woman is still hanging out with Batman […]

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What If Maps Were Made By Africans For Their Own Use? | Chimurenga’s New Issue is a Must Read

CNN calls Chimurenga Chronic “Africa’s answer to the New Yorker.” But the truth is the New Yorker has nothing on the Cape Town-based magazine. Chimurenga Chronic is edgy and experimental in a way that the New Yorker could never be. The reason for this is simple. When you set out to capture the complexities of Africa’s […]

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How 58 Intellectuals from 25 Countries Took A Bus Ride Across South Africa

A new issue of The Salon is out! And it chronicles the one-of-a-kind travel project that took 58 scholars from 25 countries across South Africa. Guess what! I was one of those 58 lucky passengers who left Johannesburg on a two-week journey through Swaziland, Durban, King William’s Town, Ginsberg, Qunu, and Cape Town. As you can expect, it turned […]

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African Writers’ Birthday | Happy Birthday to J. M. Coetzee!

Happy Birthday to J. M. Coetzee! One of Africa’s most celebrated authors is 75 years old today. Coetzee has won the Booker Prize twice—one for Life & Times of Michael K and a second for Disgrace. In 2003, he officially became a literary A-lister with his Nobel Prize win. The really cool thing about Coetzee is […]

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The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards: Announcing The Winners

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In November, we announced The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards. Launched in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, The […]

This Blood That Not Even the Mountains Can Hold: Megan Ross Rereads Sarah Godsell’s Liquid Bones

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“this country of blood” It is just under a year since Impepho Press published Sarah Godsell’s second poetry collection, Liquid […]

On Transatlantic Shame | I. S. Jones | Poetry

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nothing is earned unless something is lost. the ocean grants safe passage, but i fear the cost is too great. […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for Poetry: Meet The 5 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Anniversary Award: Meet The 6 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction: Meet The 4 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards […]

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