New Coin, one of South Africa’s most established and influential poetry journals, is looking for a new editor to begin work in January 2019 (first issue: June 2019).
Reading Zimbabwe: A new digital platform featuring 1581 books written by 981 authors published in 114 cities
A new website called Reading Zimbabwe is working to put together a digital archive of Zimbabwean literature.
The inaugural Zakes Mda Book Fair will take place this month.
George RR Martin hyped up about making Nnedi Okorafor’s ‘extraordinary novel into an extraordinary television series’
Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin is very ‘excited’ about working with Nigerian author Nnedi Okorafor on a television series of her novel Who Fears Death.
In an article for the New York Review of Books, Namwali Serpell adds her voice to the ‘Sisyphean’ glossary debate in African writing.
Writing for the BBC China Blog, Stephen McDonell explains why Chinese censors have banned Winnie the Pooh:
Emma Mashinini, formidable trade unionist and human rights activist, who was was a recipient of the Order of the Baobab and the Order of Luthuli, passed away on Monday at the age 87.
Literary Hub has published an edited excerpt from James Baldwin: The FBI File by William J Maxwell.
John McWhorter, professor of linguistics and American studies at Columbia University and author of The Language Hoax, has written a piece for Aeon about the ‘weirdness’ of the English language.
On June 12, 1942, Anne Frank received a diary for her 13th birthday. She died within a few years in a Nazi concentration camp, but her diary was published and became a beloved read of people the world over.
A great book can make a lasting impression on a young person.
The cover and title of the 2017 Caine Prize anthology have been revealed!
Black Moses, which was longlisted for 2017 The Man Booker International Prize, is the new novel from Alain Mabanckou:
The Paris Review has reported on new 99-year-old letters from Ernest Hemingway to a woman named Frances Elizabeth Coates.
Rebecca Davis has written a review of Thandeka Gqubule’s No Longer Whispering To Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela for the Daily Maverick:
Peter Kimani spoke to Africa is a Country recently about how historical fiction has been having a bit of moment recently, especially among authors from the African continent and its diaspora.
We asked five novelists, each from a different African country and with a new novel out this spring, to select two of their favorite African novels. Here’s what each picked. Links to PW reviews are provided when available.
Bookish asked Sally Andrew, author of the successful Tannie Maria series, to share a list of her favourite South African books.
Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them
When the library at Alexandria burned it was said to be an “international catastrophe.” When the most significant humanities project of our time was dismantled in court, those who’d had a hand in its undoing breathed a sigh of relief.
Sylvia Plath alleged Ted Hughes beat her two days before she miscarried their second child and that Hughes wanted her dead, unpublished letters reveal.