African literature

 
Vignettes on our lives and dreams
Vignettes on our lives and dreams
You know what they say about judging a book by its cover. But no one ever said anything about judging a book by its name. When a friend presented...
Masande Ntshanga and the science of writing fiction
Masande Ntshanga and the science of writing fiction
‘We have a tendency to take things for granted because we live here and because there are so many stories that get told about [South Africa],”...
Jozi's Books and Blogs Festival shines literary light on the youth 
Jozi's Books and Blogs Festival shines literary light on the youth 
“We are trying to create a culture of, not just reading, but also writing in our communities,” says Dr Zaheera Jina, the founder and director...
Binyavanga Wainaina dies, aged 48
Binyavanga Wainaina dies, aged 48
Kenyan writer and activist Binyavanga Wainaina — once a Mail &...
Book fair turns the page for literature in Somaliland
Book fair turns the page for literature in Somaliland
Aged just 16, Abdishakur Mohamed confidently presented his latest work to the Hargeisa book fair, an event that has transformed Somaliland's...
Another Nigerian star emerges
Another Nigerian star emerges
It is refreshing to behold a bright new voice in contemporary literature. Ayòbámi Adébáyò calls on the courage of her convictions to tackle...
The President’s Keepers and state capture: black intellectualism needs to focus
The President’s Keepers and state capture: black intellectualism needs to focus
It is astonishing that a book revealing deep-rooted and widespread corruption and state capture in government should instead prompt a...
New African literature is disrupting what Western presses prize
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,...
What makes a good bookstore?
What makes a good bookstore?
There is no watertight formula for buying books — whether it is for academic purposes, leisure reading or something in between.
Slice Of Life: No longer at ease
Slice Of Life: No longer at ease
I used to sell books part-time. Because of my love of reading, I decided to focus on my bookshop full-time.
A case for curiosity and generosity
A case for curiosity and generosity
I have fallen in and out of love with many writers of many different genres from different parts of the world since I was a kid including J.M.Coetzee, James Baldwin, Alice Walker, K Sello Duiker, Zoe Wicomb, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Pumla Gqola, Teju Cole, Zadie Smith, Toni Morrison, Kwame...
Where the underrepresented stories are
Where the underrepresented stories are
There is little joy in recognising the tragic irony that comes with being hands-and-feet on the floor of a bookshop, staring at the bottom shelves...

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