Africa

Friday – 25th May 2018

Pwaangulongii Dauod wins Gerald Kraak Award for his essay ‘Africa’s future has no space for stupid black men’

Pwaangulongii Dauod has won the R25 000 Gerald Kraak Award, which honours African writing and photography that ‘provokes thought on the topics of gender, social justice and sexuality’.

Thursday – 24th May 2018

Short Story Day Africa Prize shortlist revealed

The shortlist for the 2017 Short Story Day Africa Prize for Short Fiction has been revealed. This year’s prize theme is ‘ID’, …

2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize shortlist announced

African shortlistees this year hail from Uganda (Harriet Anena), South Africa (Fred Khumalo and Michelle Sacks), Ghana (Cheryl Ntumy) and Nigeria (Efua Traoré and Obi Umeozor).

Tuesday – 22nd May 2018

Don’t miss the launch of Patagonia by Maya Fowler at Love Books

Maya is an award-winning South African writer, and this fascinating novel, she transports us to the wide Patagonian plains, where the Afrikaans language survives to this day.

Africa’s newest genre – the queer Afro-modern – showcased in As You Like It: The Gerald Kraak Anthology Vol 2

As You Like It: The Gerald Kraak Anthology Vol 2 brings together stories of self-expression, identity, sexuality and agency, all located within Africa and its legacy.

Achille Mbembe honoured with 2018 Ernst Bloch Prize

Author and academic Achille Mbembe will receive the 2018 Ernst Bloch Prize this year.

Sunday – 6th May 2018

Don’t miss the launch of new African short story collection The Gods Who Send Us Gifts at UJ with Wole Soyinka

The South African launch of the book The Gods Who Send Us Gifts: An Anthology of African Short Stories will take place at the University of Johannesburg.

Wednesday – 2nd May 2018

2018 Short Story Africa Day Prize announced: This year’s theme is Hotel Africa

Submissions open 1 June 2018* | Submissions close 31 August 2018
First prize: $800 | Second prize: $200 | Third prize: $100

Two Cape Town launches for Zukiswa Wanner’s Hardly Working

Zukiswa Wanner will be in Cape Town this weekend to launch her new book, Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts!

Monday – 30th April 2018

New edition of African Small Publishers’ Catalogue in progress

Calling African self-publishers, small and independent publishers, printers, book designers, editors, illustrators, booksellers, PR people, literary magazines, literary festivals – find out how to list or feature or take out an ad.

Thursday – 26th April 2018

BlackBird Books to publish The Eternal Audience of One, the debut novel by Rwandan-born Namibian writer Rémy Ngamije

BlackBird Books is expanding its borders with the publication of The Eternal Audience of One, the debut novel by Rwandan-born Namibian writer …

Friday – 20th April 2018

Heralding a new female voice in fiction: Ijangolet S Ogwang’s debut novel An Image in a Mirror

Achen and Nyakale: twin sisters, separated in childhood to inherit different destinies.

Tuesday – 10th April 2018

Details of Petina Gappah’s next novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light revealed!

Scribner beat out seven other publishing houses to win the North American rights to Petina Gappah’s next novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light, as well as her short story collection Rotten Row.

Thursday – 22nd March 2018

Poetry Potion 13 cover revealed

Poetry Potion is an online poetry journal that goes into print once ever quarter.

Tuesday – 20th March 2018

A story of unparalleled greed and western complicity – Dictatorland: The Men Who Stole Africa by Paul Kenyon

A vivid, heart-breaking portrait of the fate that so many African countries suffered after independence.

Jolyn Phillips wins the 2018 Humanities and Social Sciences Award for Tjieng Tjang Tjerries

Modjaji Books is thrilled to announce that Modjaji author Jolyn Phillips has won the 2018 Humanities and Social Science Award for her book Tjieng Tjang Tjerries and other stories.

Thursday – 15th March 2018

Digitalback Books acquires a license for the iconic Heinemann African Writers Series

The legendary Heinemann African Writers Series will be revived by a new digital license agreement with Digitalback Books.

Tuesday – 13th March 2018

The most anticipated YA release of 2018: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone is a West African Fantasy about a girl who must fight against the monarchy to bring magic back to her people.

Thursday – 8th March 2018

The Book Lounge launch of Secret Keeper, Kerry Hammerton’s third collection of poetry

The Book Lounge and Modjaji Books are delighted to invite you to the launch of Kerry Hammerton’s third collection of poetry, Secret Keeper. Finuala Dowling will be in conversation with Kerry, who will also read from her collection.

Wednesday – 7th March 2018

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi wins $165,000 Windham-Campbell Prize for her debut novel, Kintu

Ugandan writer Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi has won a prestigious 2018 Windham-Campbell Prize for Fiction for her debut novel, Kintu.