Africa

Fri – 28th Jun 2019

Cover reveal! An Image in a Mirror by Ijangolet S Ogwang is the latest novel to receive a BlackBird Books redesign

BlackBird Books has revealed its latest cover redesign – featuring the publisher’s bold new look!

Mon – 24th Jun 2019

Two Short Story Day Africa writers shortlisted for the 2019 Caine Prize For African Writing

Short Story Day Africa is extremely proud to have first discovered and published two of the five stories shortlisted for the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing – for the second time since the project’s inception.

Short Story Day Africa needs you!

Short Story Day Africa is a small non-profit organisation that relies on donations to fund our development projects. These include the SSDA Editing Mentorship, the annual prize and anthology, and the writing workshops we hold across the African continent.

Thu – 20th Jun 2019

Under the Camelthorn Tree: Raising a Family Among Lions by Kate Nicholls – a 21st-century My Family and Other Animals with a dark side

Under the Camelthorn Tree: Raising a Family Among Lions – a mother’s gritty yet often humorous account of bringing up her five children in a lion research camp – is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers.

Tue – 11th Jun 2019

The lottery of life and love in Lagos – find out more about Toni Kan’s new short story collection Nights of the Creaking Bed

Corruption, religious intolerance, gratuitous violence and the importance of joy are some of the big themes that underlie Toni Kan’s memorable collection, Nights of the Creaking Bed.

Wed – 5th Jun 2019

As You Like It, anthology featuring African LGBTQI+ voices and allies, wins international Lambda Literary Award

Jacana Media and the Other Foundation are thrilled to announce that the Gerald Kraak Anthology As You Like It has won the 2019 Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Anthology – Fiction.

Tue – 4th Jun 2019

Find out which authors will be at the 2019 Open Book Festival in Cape Town

The Open Book Festival has announced the first group of authors that will be at the event this year!

OluTimehin Adegbeye wins the Gerald Kraak Prize for her essay ‘Mothers and Men’

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

Thu – 23rd May 2019

WIN 1 of 3 pairs of impeccably written novels by the award-winning authors Masande Ntshanga and Lauri Kubuitsile

Shake up your shelf life! Three lucky winners will each receive a copy of Triangulum AND But Deliver Us From Evil, courtesy of Penguin Random House!

Wed – 22nd May 2019

Don’t miss the launch of Soft Magic, the debut collection of prose and poetry from Malawian writer Upile Chisala, at The Book Lounge (30 May)

Soft Magic is the debut collection of prose and poetry by Malawian writer, Upile Chisala. This book explores the self, joy, blackness, gender, matters of the heart, the experience of Diaspora, spirituality and most of all, how we survive. Soft Magic is a shared healing journey.

Kenyan author and activist Binyavanga Wainaina dies, aged 48

Kenyan author and activist Binyavanga Wainaina has passed away, at the age of 48.

Mon – 20th May 2019

2019 Caine Prize for African Writing shortlist announced

The shortlist for the Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced, featuring writers from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria.

Wed – 15th May 2019

Join Lauri Kubuitsile for the launch of But Deliver Us from Evil at Exclusive Books Rosebank (23 May)

Penguin Random House and Exclusive Books invite you to the launch of But Deliver Us from Evil, a moving work of historical fiction by Lauri Kubuitsile.

Tue – 14th May 2019

‘You know witchcraft is powerful, more powerful than your Jesus.’ – Read an extract from Lauri Kubuitsile’s new novel But Deliver Us from Evil

Penguin Random House has shared an extract from Lauri Kubuitsile’s new book But Deliver Us from Evil, a moving work of historical fiction.

Mon – 13th May 2019

Asymptote Journal announces a new essay writing contest judged by JM Coetzee

Asymptote, a journal dedicated to world literature in translation, has announced a new contest, to be judged by JM Coetzee.

Fri – 10th May 2019

‘I want to go back to Rwanda but I don’t want to go back to be Rwandan’ – Read an excerpt from The Eternal Audience of One by Rémy Ngamije

BlackBird Books has shared an excerpt from The Eternal Audience of One, the debut novel by Rwandan-born Namibian writer Rémy Ngamije!

Disruption: Short Story Day Africa Announces 2019 Theme

In 2019, Short Story Day Africa is seeking short fiction exploring disruption, especially but not limited to climate and environ[mental] disruption.

Thu – 9th May 2019

‘A daring blend of romance, crime and history’ – Join Louisa Treger for the launch of The Dragon Lady at Love Books (16 May)

Love Books and Jonathan Ball Publishers invite you to the launch of The Dragon Lady by Louisa Treger.