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Tsitsi Dangarembga Seeks Legal Representation in Dispute with Ayebia Clarke Publishing Over Rights to Her Novels

Tsitsi Dangarembga is seeking public support in her legal dispute with Ayebia Clarke Publishing in the UK. She is seeking pro bono representation in the country. Dangarembga suggests that it is “over rights to my work.” The Zimbabwean novelist and filmmaker is the author of the classic Nervous Conditions and its sequel The Book of […]

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Petina Gappah on Being Influenced by Tsitsi Dangarembga, Admiring Teju Cole & Zadie Smith, & Why Her Livingstone Novel Took 20 Years

Petina Gappah has a new interview in The Guardian UK, and in it she talks about her most recent book, the novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light (2019), which tells the story of the people who carried the 19th century explorer David Livingstone’s body to the ocean. She explains her research process, how she created […]

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Petina Gappah Criticizes Harare Bookshop for Overpricing Her Novel

In 2016, Petina Gappah reached a deal with her UK publisher Faber & Faber to make her books, the story collection Rotten Row and the novel The Book of Memory, available in Zimbabwe—in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Masvingo, Mutare, and Victoria Falls—at half the typical price. It was an extension of artistic responsibility and commitment, not […]

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Opening Speech at the 2019 International Literature Festival | Petina Gappah

Petina Gappah is the author of the short story collections An Elegy for Easterly and Rotten Row, and of the novels The Book of Memory and Out of Darkness, Shining Light. The following is an excerpt from her opening speech at the International Literature Festival in Berlin, delivered on 11 September 2019.  I Across the […]

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Dambudzo Marechera’s The House of Hunger Out in Chinese

The iconic Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera’s The House of Hunger has been translated into Chinese. First published in 1978 as part of Heinemann’s African Writers Series, the book is a collection of a novella and nine satellite short stories, and has widely been noted as a commentary on the author’s own troubled, tragically short life. […]

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Tendai Huchu Lands Two-Book Deal with Tor, including Novel Compared to TV Series Stranger Things

Tor has acquired the rights to two books by the Zimbabwean novelist Tendai Huchu. The publishing press’ editorial director Bella Pagan bought world rights from his agent, Jamie Cowen at Ampersand Agency, while the press’ US executive editor Will Hinton acquired North American rights from Pan Macmillan. The first of the books, The Library of […]

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

Petina Gappah‘s new novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light was released on 10 September by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. Told by a woman and a man, it details the 285-day journey by a party carrying the Irish explorer Dr. David Livingstone’s dead body to the Indian Ocean coast. The publication of the highly anticipated […]

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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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Laila Lalami’s Forthcoming Memoir Conditional Citizens Recounts Her Journey from Moroccan Immigrant to U.S. Citizen

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Moroccan-American author Laila Lalami has a new book forthcoming on April 28, 2020 from Pantheon Books. Titled Conditional Citizens, the […]

Neighbors (A Quarantine-Themed Fiction) | E. C. Osondu

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My neighbor Vinny Capriani is a great neighbor. I’m happy to have him as one. I live in a state […]

Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim Longlisted for the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award

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Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim are both on the longlist of the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award. The annual […]

Credo Mutwa, Celebrated South African Healer and Author, Dies at 98

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Credo Mutwa, celebrated South African traditional healer and author of several books, died following a period of ill health on […]

What We Are Reading This Week | A Feminist Guide to Living and Thinking Sensuously

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In the final week of women’s history month, we are celebrating a writer whose work has inspired us for years. […]

Midas & The Prodigal Daughter | Isabelle Baafi | Two Poems

Midas the legend was not always true there was a time when empires were built on dreams and prophesies and […]

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