Africa

Thursday – 22nd June 2017

Listen to Yemisi Aribisala read from her book Longthroat Memoirs: Soup, Sex and Nigerian Tastebuds

Yemisi Aribasala’s Longthroat Memoirs: Soup, Sex and Nigerian Tastebuds is a sumptuous menu of essays about Nigerian food, lovingly presented by the nation’s top epicurean writer.

Wednesday – 21st June 2017

Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 wins 2017 Internationaler Literaturpreis

Fiston Mwanza Mujila and translators Katharina Meyer and Lena Müller are the winners of the ninth Internationaler Literaturpreis for translated contemporary literatures for the German translation of Tram 83.

Caine Prize winner announced soon – listen to the shortlisted stories read by the authors

The winner of the £10,000 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing will be announced at Senate House Library, London, in partnership with …

Thursday – 8th June 2017

Young and queer in London and Port Harcourt: Olumide Popoola’s debut novel When We Speak of Nothing

When We Speak of Nothing launches a powerful new voice onto the literary stage. The fluid prose, peppered with contemporary slang, captures what it means to be young and queer in London and Port Harcourt. If grime music were a novel, it would be this.

First round of international authors announced for 2017 Open Book Festival

The Open Book Festival has announced the first round of authors for 2017 – including Paul Beatty, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Nathan Hill and Fiston Mwanza Mujila.

Wednesday – 31st May 2017

Don’t miss the launch of No Longer Whispering to Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela by Thandeka Gqubule

Exclusive Books and Jonathan Ball Publishers invite you to the book launch of No Longer Whispering to Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela, by Thandeka Gqubule.

Read an extract from No Longer Whispering to Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela

News24 has published an extract from No Longer Whispering to Power: The Story of Thuli Madonsela, an unauthorised biography written by Thandeka Gqubule, published by Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Monday – 29th May 2017

Independent feminist publisher Modjaji Books turns 10 – read an interview with founder Colleen Higgs

How have things changed in the ten years that independent feminist publishing house Modjaji Books has been around?

The Carnivorous City by Toni Kan: a story of love, family and just desserts

Toni Kan’s new novel Carnivorous City is a story about love, family and just desserts but it is above all a tale about Lagos and the people who make the city by the lagoon what it is.

Thursday – 25th May 2017

10 African writers on Africa, writing, and writing in Africa

To celebrate Africa Day, read a selection of quotations on the continent by African writers.

Celebrate Africa Day by reading Nat Nakasa, Thando Mgqolozana, Phaswane Mpe, Gcina Mhlophe and others

What better way to celebrate Africa Day than with these Picador Africa Classics? These time-honoured titles are available as ebooks from Amazon.

Wednesday – 24th May 2017

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.

Tuesday – 23rd May 2017

15 themes on feminism From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Saqi Mehta rounds up key takeaways from the Nigerian author’s latest.

Monday – 22nd May 2017

The Jalada collective: Charting Africa’s linguistic multiverse

Aaron Bady has written an article for Pacific Standard about Jalada Africa, a pan-African literary collective with a radical mission: ‘an ongoing translation effort to unite – and elevate – African literature’.

Sunday – 21st May 2017

Jowhor Ile wins Etisalat Prize for Literature for his novel And After Many Days

Nigerian author Jowhor Ile has won the 2016 Etisalat Prize for Literature for his novel And After Many Days.

Friday – 19th May 2017

A young reader edition of Hope in a Ballet Shoe available in English, isiZulu, isiXhosa and Afrikaans

Beautifully and gently illustrated by Ella Okstad, Ballerina Dreams is the younger-reader edition of Michaela DePrince’s highly moving memoir, Hope in a Ballet Shoe.

Elnathan John’s Born on a Tuesday shortlisted for 2017 Betty Trask Prize

The Society of Authors has announced the 2017 shortlist for the Betty Trask Prize and Awards. This year’s shortlist of six debut literary novels by authors under the age of 35 includes a self-published novel for the first time.

Thursday – 18th May 2017

Nigeria-based publisher Cassava making international waves

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

Tuesday – 16th May 2017

Read an excerpt from Rotten Row by Petina Gappah

The Old Familiar Faces are unhappily gathered at a once-elegant four-star golf resort and conference centre to which tourists no longer come.

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