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For Pride Month, The Cheeky Natives Is Sharing Videos of Queer Authors Reading from Their Works

Every June is Pride Month: that time of the year when queer people celebrate their very existence in a way that heterosexual people do not because nobody is harassing and murdering heterosexual people on the streets. The Cheeky Natives, the South African literary podcast that has become a major go-to space for authors in the […]

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The Cheeky Natives’ Busy Weekend: Photos from Sisonke Msimang’s Book Launch, the Kingsmead Book Fair, & the May Edition of Live Literature Market

For our colleagues at The Cheeky Natives, the past weekend was a busy, fun-filled one in Johannesburg. The dynamic duo behind the exciting South African literary podcast—Letlhogonolo Mokgoroane, who is a lawyer, and Alma-Nalisha Cele, who is a medical doctor—held conversations at three different events: on Friday, 24 May, the launch of Sisonke Msimang’s second […]

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Longlist for 30th Sunday Times’ Alan Paton Award Showcases Explorations of Southern Africa’s Histories, Presents, and Promises

Sunday Times newspaper has announced the longlists for the Alan Paton Award and the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. Founded in 1989, “as Apartheid began to crumble,” the Alan Paton Award is in its 30th year. It recognizes a book that offers “the illumination of truthfulness, especially those forms of it that are new, delicate, unfashionable […]

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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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