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Charles Mungoshi’s Quiet Influence on Zimbabwean Literature | Tinashe Mushakavanhu

It is no exaggeration to say that Charles Mungoshi, who died on 16 February in Harare, aged 71, was one of the most important writers both in English and in a local language—in this case, Shona—to come out of Africa. Less flamboyant than his namesake Charles ‘Dambudzo’ Marechera, Mungoshi was a prose master of understated […]

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On the Shutdown of Zimbabwe | Tinashe Tafirenyika

The television is on mute, I can’t switch it off because I need the illusion of company. Everyone turned in early tonight. I am restless. In four days I’ve barely left the house, I almost miss my low-paying dead-end job. At least it gives me some sense of purpose. Today was particularly hard, with the […]

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The 2018 Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction: Meet the 8 Finalists

The shortlists for the 2018 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in October. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards aim to recognize the finest, original pieces of writing by Africans published online. The $1,100 prize is split across five categories: the Brittle Paper Award for Fiction ($200), the Brittle Paper Award for Poetry ($200), the Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction ($200), the Brittle Paper Award […]

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Read Chapter One of Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s New Novel House of Stone

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s novel House of Stone, an exploration of family history, colonial Rhodesia, and the birth of modern Zimbabwe, was released in June, in the UK by Atlantic Books, and in South Africa by Penguin, and is forthcoming in the US from W. W. Norton in January, 2019. The novel, which comes with blurbs from NoViolet Bulawayo (“Tshuma […]

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Read an Excerpt from Tsitsi Dangarembga’s New Novel, This Mournable Body

Earlier this month, we brought news of the publication of This Mournable Body, the final novel in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Tambudzai Trilogy which includes the modern classic Nervous Conditions (1988) and The Book of Not (2006). The 296-page novel is published by Graywolf Press, and comes with a blurb by Canadian novelist Madeleine Thien, author of the Booker Prize-shortlisted Do Not Say […]

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In House of Stone, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma Explores Family History, Colonial Rhodesia, and the Birth of Modern Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean writer Novuyo Rosa Tshuma has a novel out. In House of Stone, she explores family history, colonial Rhodesia, and the birth of modern Zimbabwe. The 400-page book is published in the UK by Atlantic Books and was released on 7 June, 2018. It is forthcoming in South Africa from Penguin SA later in July and in the […]

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Listen to These Songs While Reading Panashe Chigumadzi’s These Bones Will Rise Again

Zimbabwean writer Panashe Chigumadzi has a nonfiction book out. These Bones Will Rise Again “reflects on the November 2017 ousting of Robert Mugabe, radically reframing the history of Zimbabwe to include the perspectives of workers, women and urban movements.” It combines reportage, memoir and critical analysis to interrogate “the coup that was not a coup,” the telling of history […]

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NoViolet Bulawayo Is an Advocate for This Zimbabwean Digital Initiative to Promote Knowledge

NoViolet Bulawayo, Booker Prize-shortlisted and multi-award-winning author of We Need New Names, is helping create awareness and support for Reading Zimbabwe, a Zimbabwean digital initiative aimed at promoting knowledge particularly for the country’s younger generations. On Facebook, she shared a link to the project’s page on Kickstarter, asking her followers to “please check out and […]

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The 2019 Gerald Kraak Prize Goes to Nigeria’s OluTimehin Adegbeye

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The 2019 Gerald Kraak Prize has been awarded to Nigeria’s OluTimehin Adegbeye, for her nonfiction piece, “Mothers and Men,” described […]

Binyavanga Wainaina, Bestselling Author, Queer Icon, and Great Literary Influencer, Passes on at 48

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Binyavanga Wainaina, the great Kenyan writer, bestselling memoirist, queer icon, beloved literary influencer, and arguably the best prose writer of […]

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

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Three major cultural organizations in Germany, Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Institut français and Akademie Schloss Solitude, are hosting a four-day international literary […]

Akachi Chukwuemeka, Poet and Editor of the University of Nigeria’s Literary Journal The Muse, Passes on at 21

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Chukwuemeka “Akachi” Emmanuel Ugwoke, a Nigerian poet and editor of The Muse, the literary journal of the University of Nigeria, […]

The Caine Prize Announces 2019 Shortlist

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Five writers—from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria—have been shortlisted for the 2019 Caine Prize, for short stories that explore “the […]

Short Story Day Africa Announces 2019 Prize Theme: Disruption

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Short Story Day Africa has announced the theme for its 2019 Prize: “Disruption.” The prize will be open to submissions […]

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