African literature

 
​Ngugi wa Thiong’o interprets a continent to the world
​Ngugi wa Thiong’o interprets a continent to the world
Birth of a Dream Weaver: A Writer’s Awakening (Harvill Secker) is author and teacher Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s coming-of-age memoir that...
Delivery of Grade 12 literature setbooks for 2017 looks mostly on track
Delivery of Grade 12 literature setbooks for 2017 looks mostly on track
While several provinces have already delivered grade 12 literature setbooks in the different languages to schools, the Eastern Cape was hoping they...
Nnedi ​Okorafor: Writing oneself into existence
Nnedi ​Okorafor: Writing oneself into existence
"Of course,” agrees novelist Nnedi Okorafor, “anybody can write about anything. Nobody wants to shut anything down. But people [of a given...
On our lists: Zap Mama's Ancestry in Progress, Regina Spektor and 'Miles and Me'
On our lists: Zap Mama's Ancestry in Progress, Regina Spektor and 'Miles and Me'
The Play ListRegina Spektor: The singer songwriter has just released a new album. In...
Reading Naked Girls Reading: Are we dismantling or reinforcing gendered expression?
Reading Naked Girls Reading: Are we dismantling or reinforcing gendered expression?
Last weekend, Naked Girls Reading returned to Johannesburg’s intimate POP Art theatre for a brief three-performance run, themed “African...
Thando Mgqolozana on how can we decolonise SA literature
Thando Mgqolozana on how can we decolonise SA literature
On the opening night of last year's Time of the Writer (TOTW) festival, author Thando Mgqolozana announced that he’d forsworn...
Bewitching tale casts light on Kinshasa's street children
Bewitching tale casts light on Kinshasa's street children
Kinshasa is the second-biggest French-speaking city in the world. One might expect it would follow in the footsteps of Paris, a fabulous book city...
African writing: Fact, fiction, or faction?
African writing: Fact, fiction, or faction?
"A writer should always consider the purpose of literature when they seek to contribute to it. How can a person dedicate their life to...
Sowing the seeds of a new crop
Sowing the seeds of a new crop
In the midst of the euphoria brought about by South Africa's newly acquired democracy in 1994, there was a pressing need for a new direction in our...
A tale of two debuts
A tale of two debuts
Praise for Teju Cole's Open City (Faber), published earlier this year in the United States, has been resounding. British writer Hari...
Romance bodice-ripper novels get SA flavour
Romance bodice-ripper novels get SA flavour
Hate and passion flares in rural South Africa when Thuli meets the gorgeous Jake in a locally flavoured romance novel with a feisty black heroine...
Calling a monster by its name
Calling a monster by its name
The enormity of the atrocity in Rwanda demands that we keep revisiting it and questioning it. There is no guarantee it won't happen elsewhere

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