Zimbabwe

Win a Zimbabwe-themed book hamper from Jacana Media and Weaver Press!

Jacana Media, in association with Weaver Press, are celebrating authors who hail from Zimbabwe or have written about Zimbabwe by giving away a jam-packed book hamper!

New from Petina Gappah: Out of Darkness, Shining Light – A radical novel that resurrects the voices of those in the shadows of history

The hotly anticipated second novel by Petina Gappah follows the epic journey of Dr Livingstone’s corpse through 19th-century Africa.

This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga shortlisted for the $50,000 St Francis College Literary Prize

Tsitsi Dangarembga’s latest novel This Mournable Body has been shortlisted for the $50,000 (over R750,000) St Francis College Literary Prize in Brooklyn, New York.

Sue Nyathi will be on the patio with Pippa Smith to discuss her books, The Polygamist and The Gold Diggers (20 July)

Sue Nyathi, author of The Polygamist and The Gold Diggers, will be chatting to Pippa Smith of The Book Revue this month. 

Township Girls: The Cross-Over Generation – 30 women share their memories of growing up in pre- and post-independence Zimbabwe

Township Girls: The Cross-Over Generation is a collection of stories by 30 Southern African women relating their experiences of growing up in the turbulent transition years just prior to and post independence in Zimbabwe in 1980.

The Dragon Lady, Louisa Treger’s brilliant second novel – a brilliant evocation of life in 1950s Rhodesia

Opening with the shooting of Lady Virginia ‘Ginie’ Courtauld in her tranquil garden in 1950s Rhodesia, The Dragon Lady tells Ginie’s extraordinary story, so called for the exotic tattoo snaking up her leg.

This Mournable Body – the new novel from Tsitsi Dangarembga is here!

With her 1988 novel Nervous Conditions, Dangarembga became the first black Zimbabwean woman to publish a novel in English. The Book of Not, published in 2006, continued with Tambudzai’s story. This Mournable Body completes the trilogy, thirty years later.

Details of Panashe Chigumadzi’s South African author tour for her new book These Bones Will Rise Again

A timeous book, with Zimbabwe’s elections having taken place on 30 July, These Bones Will Rise Again responds to the November 2017 ousting of Robert Mugabe, exploring events leading up to the ‘coup not coup’ that brought his 37-year rule to an end.

House of Stone – Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s unflinching epic about the fall of Rhodesia and the turbulent birth of Zimbabwe

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s House of Stone is a masterful, haunting debut set during the tumultuous beginnings of Zimbabwe that explores the creative – and often destructive – act of history-making.

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.

CM Elliott’s Zimbabwean crime novels optioned for a TV series

CM Elliott’s series of Jabulani Sibanda detective novels have been optioned for possible adaption as a television series by Anant Singh and Brian Cox of Videovision Entertainment.

‘Dad thinks lots of things are right-wing. He even thinks He-Man is right-wing’ – Like Sodium in Water, a memoir of post-independence Zimbabwe by Hayden Eastwood

It’s post-independence Zimbabwe and an atmosphere of nostalgia hangs over much of Harare’s remaining white community.

Reading Zimbabwe: A new digital platform featuring 1581 books written by 981 authors published in 114 cities

A new website called Reading Zimbabwe is working to put together a digital archive of Zimbabwean literature.

New African literature is disrupting what Western presses prize

African literature is the object of immense international interest across both academic and popular registers. Far from the field’s earlier, post-colonial association with marginality, a handful of star “Afropolitan” names are at the forefront of global trade publishing.

House of Stone, the debut novel from Novuyo Tshuma, eagerly anticipated in the UK

Novuyo Tshuma’s first novel House of Stone will be published by Atlantic Books in the UK in June 2018.

Chizi’s Tale: The story of how one of Africa’s fiercest animals was raised by a remarkable family

On an August day, in Zimbabwe, a newborn black rhino lost his mother. Black rhinos are critically endangered. Knowing that the calf would not survive without help, a park ranger made an astonishing decision: he took the rhino home.