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Margaret Busby on Why She Began the Daughters of Africa Anthology Series and Its Groundbreaking Impact

In 1992, Margaret Busby, Britain’s first black female publisher, edited an anthology of female African writers and female writers of African descent. Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Words and Writings by Women of African Descent from the Ancient Egyptian to the Present, published by Ballantine Books, was groundbreaking in its presentation and exposure of the work […]

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Photos from the London Launch of Margaret Busby’s New Daughters of Africa Anthology

Last October, it was announced that Britain’s first black female publisher Margaret Busby will edit a new anthology featuring 200 female African writers and female writers of African descent across generations. New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of 20th- and 21st-Century Writing by Women of African Descent—which “charts a contemporary literary canon from 1900 and […]

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Catalyst Press Books Gears Up for North America Releases of Peter Church’s Crackerjack and Yewande Omotoso’s Bom Boy 

On February 26, US-based publisher Catalyst Press Books will be releasing North America editions of the South African novelist Peter Church’s tech-thriller Crackerjack and the Nigerian novelist Yewande Omotoso’s Etisalat Prize 2013 finalist Bom Boy. Among the company’s releases last year were two short story collections: Ahmed Ismail Yusuf’s The Lion’s Binding Oath and Reneilwe Malatji’s Love Interrupted.  […]

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The 2018 Open Book Festival Begins in Cape Town

The 2018 Open Book Festival has begun at The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town. The event, which is in its seventh year, will last from 5-9 September, with further activities at The District 6 Museum Homecoming Centre and The Book Lounge. Among the 2018 guests are Aminatta Forna, whose fourth novel Happiness dropped earlier in the […]

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Apply for Mawazo Africa Writing Institute’s Writing the Novel Course

Mawazo Africa Writing Institute is accepting applications for its second annual “Writing the Novel” course. Mawazo Africa Writing Institute is a creative arts company based in Entebbe, Uganda “whose mission is to nurture African writers so as to enhance literary production across the continent, with a particular emphasis on creative writing workshops in all genres.” “Writing […]

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Yewande Omotoso Is on the Shortlist of the €100,000 International Dublin Literary Award

South Africa-based Nigerian novelist Yewande Omotoso has been shortlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award, for her second novel The Woman Next Door. The Award’s longlist, released in November of last year, included four other Africans: Cameroun’s Imbolo Mbue for Behold the Dreamers, Ghana’s Yaa Gyasi for Homegoing, and South Africans Nthikeng Mohlele for Pleasure and Mohale Mashigo […]

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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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Margaret Busby’s New Daughters of Africa Anthology to Feature 200 Female Writers Including Adichie, Aminatta Forna, Bernadine Evaristo, Imbolo Mbue, Warsan Shire, Zadie Smith

Britain’s first black female publisher Margaret Busby will edit a new anthology that would feature 200 female African writers across generations. Titled New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of 20th- and 21st-Century Writing by Women of African Descent, it will be a sequel to Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Words and Writings by […]

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Bernardine Evaristo: Your Guide to All Eight Books by the Booker Prize Winner

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While better known in the African literary scene as the founder of the massively influential Brunel International African Poetry Prize, […]

TJ Benson’s Forthcoming Novel, The Madhouse, Follows a Troubled Family Across Four Decades

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The Nigerian writer TJ Benson has a new novel set to be published by Masobe Books in 2020. A new […]

The Guardian UK Criticized for Headline Calling Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning Novel Obscure

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Right after Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood were announced joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Joint Win of the Booker Prize, with Margaret Atwood, Makes Her the First Black Woman & Second Nigerian to Receive the Honour

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The Nigerian-British novelist Bernardine Evaristo has been awarded the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, […]

The Queen of Dahomey: Episode Three | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh

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There was an old woman with a ragged scar on her cheek who lived alone on the outskirts of Dahomey. […]

Befeqadu Hailu, Ethiopian Writer-Activist & Co-founder of Zone 9 Blog, Named 2019 International Writer of Courage

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Befeqadu Hailu, the Ethiopian writer, activist, and co-founder of the Amharic-language human rights platform Zone 9 Blogging Collective, has been […]

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