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First annual Ímbubé African Book Festival and Awards to kick off in Lagos

The inaugural Ímbubé African Book Festival and Awards will take place in Lagos this week.

2 thrillers by debut South African author and blogger Amy Heydenrych snapped up in international deal

Bonnier Zaffre, a new fiction publisher based in London, has acquired two suspense thrillers from South African writer Amy Heydenrych.

Nnedi Okorafor chats about her new comic book – the first Nigerian superhero to be published by Marvel

Marvel comics will soon publish their first comic with a Nigerian superhero: Blessing In Disguise by Nnedi Okorafor.

The best books on Ghana: Part of The Guardian’s World Library series

Pushpinder Khaneka, the author of Read the World: A Country-by-Country Guide to the Best Books on the Global South, has compiled a literary tour of Ghana for The Guardian.

The buzz is incredible around Tomi Adeyemi’s West African fantasy debut Children of Blood and Bone

Back in April, Tomi Adeyemi, a 23-year-old Harvard University graduate one year out of university, landed one of the biggest Young Adult debut novel publishing deals ever.

Books by Barack Obama’s father written for African writers series come up for auction

The New York Times reports that original copies of books written by Barack Obama Sr, Barack Obama’s father, have resurfaced more than 50 years after they were written.

The spy who became England’s first successful female writer

Aphra Behn made a name for herself in Restoration-era England, when most women still relied on their husbands.

Mozambique’s Festival Literatas 2017 announced for October

Mozambique’s Festival Literatas 2017, the third edition of the literary festival, will be running from October 6-8, 2017, James Murua reports.

3 Joburg launches for Koleka Putuma’s Collective Amnesia confirmed, plus events in the Vaal and Pretoria

uHlanga Press has announced three Johannesburg launches for Koleka Putuma’s debut collection of poems, Collective Amnesia.

Nigeria-based publisher Cassava making international waves

In Nigeria, a country with millions of potential book buyers, publishing is a tough business.

2017 Caine Prize shortlist announced

The five-writer shortlist for the 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced by Chair of judges, award winning author, poet and editor, Nii Ayikwei Parkes. The list includes a former Caine Prize shortistee and features a story translated

Lidudumalingani’s Caine Prize-winning story ‘Memories We Lost’ translated into Spanish

María J López, an academic based at the University of Córdoba, Spain, has translated Lidudumalingani’s short story ‘Memories We Lost’ into Spanish for the Cuban-based journal Revolución y Cultura.

Namwali Serpell chats to Efemia Chela about writing, and her upcoming novel

Namwali Serpell spoke to Efemia Chela recently for a Short Story Day Africa interview.

Add your name to PEN SA’s call for the release of Dr Stella Nyanzi

Please fill in the online form if you would like us to add your name to PEN South Africa’s appeal to the Ugandan President to release Dr Stella Nyanzi:

Don’t miss Imraan Coovadia and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim at the Goethe-Institut Literary Crossroads

Imraan Coovadia and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim will be at the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg for a Literary Crossroads conversation on 16 May.

Roland Glasser describes the process of translating Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s award winning Tram 83

In a wonderful article in the new issue of Asymptote, Roland Glasser writes about the experience of translating Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s award winning debut novel Tram 83 from French into English.

More than 200 free art books made available to download from the Guggenheim

Books of work by Picasso, Kandinsky, Lichtenstein, Flavin, Klimt and Rothko have been digitised and are now available for free.

Bookshy features 22 short story collections by African women writers

Bookshy has curated a list of short story collections by African women writers, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Helen Oyeyemi, Sofia Samatar, Bessie Head, Petina Gappah and Lauren Beukes.

For all the bookworms: 5 bookstores that seel ‘alternative’ literature

The Daily Vox team looks at five places that provide alternative literature to what’s in the mainstream.

Chinelo Okparanta, Dinaw Mengestu and Yaa Gyasi make Granta’s list of the best young American novelists

Granta has chosen its third list of the ‘Best of Young American Novelists’, including the Nigeria-born Chinelo Okparanta, Ethiopia-born Dinaw Mengestu and Ghana-born Yaa Gyasi.