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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.

Do African writers need glossaries? Namwali Serpell considers this contentious question

In an article for the New York Review of Books, Namwali Serpell adds her voice to the ‘Sisyphean’ glossary debate in African writing.

Wondering why China censors banned Winnie the Pooh?

Writing for the BBC China Blog, Stephen McDonell explains why Chinese censors have banned Winnie the Pooh:

Legendary gender-rights activist and trade union veteran Emma Mashinini dies

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 offers a look inside James Baldwin’s 1884-page FBI file

Literary Hub has published an edited excerpt from James Baldwin: The FBI File by William J Maxwell.

English really is weirder than pretty much every other language

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.

75 years ago this week Anne Frank received a diary for her 13th birthday

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.

Forbes lists 10 books to give a graduate to set them up for success

A great book can make a lasting impression on a young person.

Cover and title revealed for new Caine Prize anthology

The cover and title of the 2017 Caine Prize anthology have been revealed!

Black Moses – the new novel from Alain Mabanckou

Black Moses, which was longlisted for 2017 The Man Booker International Prize, is the new novel from Alain Mabanckou:

New letters shed light on young Hemingway’s unrequited love

The Paris Review has reported on new 99-year-old letters from Ernest Hemingway to a woman named Frances Elizabeth Coates.

Rebecca Davis reviews No Longer Whispering To Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela

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 chats to Africa is a Country about historical fiction

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.

10 essential African novels, chosen by 5 African writers

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.

Sally Andrew chooses her favourite South African books

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.

Previously unpublished Sylvia Plath letters claim domestic abuse by Ted Hughes

Sylvia Plath alleged Ted Hughes beat her two days before she miscarried their second child and that Hughes wanted her dead, unpublished letters reveal.

Get published: Pitch your manuscript to Jacana Media

Jacana Media are trying something new by offering authors a once-in-a-year opportunity to pitch their books in person:

Panashe Chigumadzi on Lauretta Ngcobo’s ‘path-breaking novel’ And They Didn’t Die

Panashe Chigumadzi has written a piece for the City Press on Lauretta Ngcobo’s 1991 novel And They Didn’t Die, a novel that examines the anti-pass campaign of the 1950s and 1960s and its aftermath.

Sisonke Msimang on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, stanning and the trap of #blackgirlmagic

Sisonke Msimang has written an astute piece for Africa is a Country about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, literary celebrity, mainstream feminist ideas and LGBTI communities across the diaspora.