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’.

Jassy Mackenzie on what it was like to collaborate with writing powerhouse James Patterson

Jassy Mackenzie chatted to SABC Morning Live about collaborating with bestselling author James Patterson on her latest book, Private Gold.

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

Don’t miss bestselling author Lesley Pearse at the Franschhoek Literary Festival this weekend

The great and gracious bestselling author Lesley Pearse is at the Franschhoek Literary Festival this weekend!

Enjoy a literary feast with Pan Macmillan at this year’s Franschhoek Literary Festival

Pan Macmillan authors on the Franschhoek Literary Festival programme include Mohale Mashigo, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Rebecca Davis and Dikgang Moseneke – and many others!

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.

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

Friday – 12th May 2017

Lidudumalingani’s Caine Prize-winning story ‘Memories We Lost’ translated into Spanish

María J López, an academic based at the University of Córdoba, Spain, has translated Lidudumalingani’s short story ‘Memories We Lost’ into Spanish for the Cuban-based journal Revolución y Cultura.

Cover and title revealed for new Caine Prize anthology

The cover and title of the 2017 Caine Prize anthology have been revealed!

Thursday – 11th May 2017

H Melt and Victor Yates win Lambda Literary’s Judith A Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers

Lambda Literary, a nonprofit organisation promoting LGBTQ literature in the United States, has announced the recipients of the 2017 Judith A Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers.

Wednesday – 10th May 2017

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:

Namwali Serpell chats to Efemia Chela about writing, and her upcoming novel

Namwali Serpell spoke to Efemia Chela recently for a Short Story Day Africa interview.

Tuesday – 9th May 2017

Don’t miss Imraan Coovadia and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim at the Goethe-Institut Literary Crossroads

Imraan Coovadia and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim will be at the Goethe-Institut in Johannesburg for a Literary Crossroads conversation on 16 May.

Add your name to PEN SA’s call for the release of Dr Stella Nyanzi

Please fill in the online form if you would like us to add your name to PEN South Africa’s appeal to the Ugandan President to release Dr Stella Nyanzi:

Bill Clinton and James Patterson team up to write political thriller

Bestselling author James Patterson is teaming up with former United States President Bill Clinton to write a new novel, The President Is Missing.

Monday – 8th May 2017

Roland Glasser describes the process of translating Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s award winning Tram 83

In a wonderful article in the new issue of Asymptote, Roland Glasser writes about the experience of translating Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s award winning debut novel Tram 83 from French into English.

The World’s Worst Children 2 by David Walliams

If you thought you had read about the World’s Worst Children already, you’re in for a rather nasty shock. The beastly boys and gruesome girls in this book are even ruder, even more disgusting and worse than you could ever imagine!

Friday – 5th May 2017

William Kentridge wins the Princess of Asturias Award, Spain’s most prestigious art prize

William Kentridge has been awarded Spain’s most prestigious art prize, the Princess of Asturias award.