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The Macondo Literary Festival, a Celebration of Lusophone & Anglophone Literatures and Exploration of Histories, Set for Nairobi in September

A new literary festival will be celebrating both Anglophone and Lusophone literatures. The Macondo Literary Festival, named after the fictional town in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, “a place where magical things happen,” will be held in Nairobi from 27 to 29 September 2019. The event is an initiative of the Macondo […]

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Membrane: A Festival of African Literatures and Ideas | May 23-26 in Stuttgart

Three major cultural organizations in Germany, Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Institut français and Akademie Schloss Solitude, are hosting a four-day international literary festival titled Membrane: African Literatures and Ideas. The festival is being curated by three eminent intellectuals: Nadja Ofuatey-Alazard (Germany), director of EOTO, Novelist Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Kenya) and currently Fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and […]

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Submit to Boston Review’s (Free) 2019 Short Story & Poetry Contests Worth $500 Each, to be Judged by Yvonne Owuor & Ladan Osman

The US-based magazine Boston Review has announced short story and poetry contests, each worth $500, both based on “a new contest model shaped by social justice and accessibility concerns.” The magazine, among whose editors is Junot Diaz, is most noted in the African literary scene for having published “Hitting Budapest,” the short story by NoViolet […]

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Photos & Details: How Prestige Bookshop Hosted the Nairobi Launch of Yvonne Owuor’s The Dragonfly Sea

By Shingai Kagunda Photos by Prestige Bookshop. On 1 March 2019, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor launched her second novel, The Dragonfly Sea, for the first time. She honoured us by doing so at Prestige Bookshop with an open audience and a mini panel discussion. Nairobi was not prepared for the explosive event that took place inside our […]

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Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor On the 600-Year Tale That Inspired Her New Novel

Kenyan novelist Yvonne Owuor who brought us the critically acclaimed novel Dust has a new book in the works. The Dragonfly Sea centers on a largely unexplored period in Africa’s past: the Chinese-African encounter via the Indian Ocean. The novel centers on a girl named Ayana who lived a solitary life on the island of Pate, […]

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Yvonne Owuor Attacked in Nairobi by City Inspectorate, Arrested and Charged to Court

Reports reaching us have it that Kenyan novelist Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, author of Dust, was attacked and arrested in Nairobi by the Nairobi County Inspectorate, infamously known as the “kanjo.” According to Twitter user @zinduko, Ms. Owuor was standing outside Lavington Mall in Nairobi when the “kanjo” descended on local traders nearby. She didn’t run in […]

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Photos: Kenya’s TBC Book Club Celebrates It’s 2-year Anniversary

On Saturday 14th July 2018, TBC BOOK Club celebrated its 2-year anniversary with a panel of celebrated authors; Yvonne Owour (Kenya), Hawa Jande Golakai (Liberia), Zukiswa Wanner (South Africa) and Niq Mhlongo (South Africa). The book club is an initiative of Text Book Centre, the leading chain of bookstores in Kenya. It celebrated two years since […]

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How Contemporary African Novelists Have Embraced Historical Fiction

Most of the best-known Africa-set African novels of the last five years are works of historical fiction: from Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s Dust (2013), from Kenya, and Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu (2014), from Uganda, to Chinelo Okparanta’s Under the Udala Trees (2015), from Nigeria, Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing (2016), from Ghana, Peter Kimani’s Dance of the Jakaranda (2016), […]

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Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

Read the First Excerpt from Petina Gappah’s New Novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light

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Petina Gappah‘s new novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light was released on 10 September by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. […]

We Need To Talk | Muriel Adhiambo | Fiction

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IT WAS A warm, humid night in the lakeside city of Kisumu. Under a starless sky, the women, seated on […]

For World Diabetes Day, Miss BloodSugar Calls for Entries to Competition & Anthology Sponsored by Bella Naija

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Press release: What’s your diabetes story? Are you diabetic? Have you been impacted by the experiences of a family/friend/patient with […]

The Hour of Judgment | Edith Knight Magak | Fiction

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THE HOUR OF judgment has come upon me, and my hope for redemption is pegged on a needle, sorcery, and […]

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