Africa

Thursday – 19th July 2018

Bessie Head: A writer searching for connections

Bessie Head was a prolific letter writer, and was in regular correspondence with figures such as Langston Hughes, Robert Sobukwe and Alice Walker. She is also known to have written to Toni Morrison, Nadine Gordimer, Nikki Giovanni, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. 

Tuesday – 17th July 2018

The Night My Dead Girlfriend Called

As the 22nd century Nigeria becomes divided by the plan of the government to introduce law enforcement robots into the police services, Badoo, a young police officer gets a phone call from his dead girlfriend.

Thursday – 12th July 2018

Jacana Media acquires Southern African rights for Panashe Chigumadzi’s new book, These Bones Will Rise Again

Jacana Media has announced a southern African rights agreement with Panashe Chigumadzi for her new book, These Bones Will Rise Again.

Reunited with her family on the Oprah show – Read an excerpt from The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya

‘I’d fantasised about this moment so many times. In Malawi, I used to write my name in dust on trucks, hoping my mother would see my loopy cursive Clemantine and realise that I was alive.’

Monday – 9th July 2018

Coming in August, An Elephant in My Kitchen: What the Herd Taught Me About Love, Courage and Survival

An Elephant in My Kitchen is the powerful and moving sequel to the bestselling The Elephant Whisperer.

Thursday – 28th June 2018

She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak – a timely and much-needed collection

She Called Me Woman is a collection of first-hand accounts by a community telling their stories on their own terms.

Wednesday – 27th June 2018

Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology closing date extended to 31 August 2018

The Jacana Literary Foundation has extended the deadline for the Gerald Kraak Award and Anthology, which honours African writing and photography that ‘provokes thought on the topics of gender, social justice and sexuality’.

Tuesday – 26th June 2018

Bom Boy, Yewande Omotoso’s first novel, to be published in the US in January 2019

Yewande Omotoso’s debut novel Bom Boy will be published in the United States by Catalyst Press in January 2019. Catalyst Press is an …

Thursday – 21st June 2018

Nigerian writer Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor wins 2017 Short Story Day Africa Prize

The winners of the Short Story Day Africa Prize have been announced!

Monday – 18th June 2018

The Night My Dead Girlfriend Called

A bereaved lover gets a call from his dead girlfriend, and then floods of questions.

Thursday – 14th June 2018

Courage, love and freedom in precolonial Ghana: The Hundred Wells of Salaga by Ayesha Harruna Attah

Set in precolonial Ghana, The Hundred Wells of Salaga by Ayesha Harruna Attah is a story of courage, forgiveness, love and freedom.

Wednesday – 13th June 2018

Kasali’s Africa by Feyisayo Anjorin

A farmer in a small town, living like a dictator in his home, and a president determined to hold on to power against all odds.

Thursday – 7th June 2018

Open Book Festival announces first group of authors confirmed for Cape Town

The first group of authors has been announced for the eighth Open Book Festival! This year’s Open Book will take place from …

Tuesday – 29th May 2018

The Gods Who Send Us Gifts: An Anthology of African Short Stories captures the range, diversity, richness and wisdom of current writing

The Gods Who Send Us Gifts: An Anthology of African Short Stories is a historic and important anthology featuring some of the most eloquent and gifted voices (both young and old) from Africa, capturing moments of critical cultural shift in celebration of this historic event in 1962.

New book alert! Vagabond: Wandering Through Africa on Faith by Lerato Mogoatlhe

Vagabond: Wandering Through Africa on Faith by Lerato Mogoatlhe will be out from BlackBird Books in September 2018!

Monday – 28th May 2018

Simultaneously heartbreaking and heart-warming: Sue Nyathi’s new novel The Gold Diggers

The Gold Diggers, the much-anticipated second novel from Sue Nyathi, is out in June from Pan Macmillan!

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.