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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.

Andy Martin, author of Reacher Said Nothing, returns to the Eastern Cape in search of a long-lost friend

The intervening years have not been kind, and the man he remembered fondly as his guru and guardian is now a fallen angel.

‘Even after death he has provided a moral beacon when we most need it’ – Elinor Sisulu remembers Ahmed Kathrada

Elinor Sisulu has written a piece for the Indian Express on the late Ahmed Kathrada.

The decolonisation of the school curriculum might spell the end of Shakespeare in South Africa’s classrooms

South Africa’s education authorities are reviewing the school curriculum. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has confirmed that the review will feature a focus on “decolonisation” reflecting the need to move towards the use of more African and South African novels, drama and poetry. This might spell the end of William Shakespeare in the country’s classrooms.

Translating Agatha Christie into Icelandic: ‘One clue took 10 years’

Ragnar Jónasson, author of Rupture, explains how rendering great English thriller writer Agatha Christie into his own language taught him how to write fiction himself.