An Authentic Zimbabwean Voice | A Review of Whatever Happened to Rick Astley? by Bryony Rheam
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by Submissions Editor
2d ago
Bryony Rheam’s latest collection of short stories is a striking book. Whatever Happened to Rick Astley? shows just how prolific Rheam has become. This is her third book after This September Sun and All Come to Dust, and is a valiant attempting at understanding Zimbabwe. In her fiction, Rheam is unrepentant about being Zimbabwean. The ..read more
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Around the Mugumo Tree | Wanjiku Wahome | Fiction
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by Submissions Editor
2d ago
  Gather around children. Listen keenly to this tale. In the heart of the forest stands a powerful tree. So big and strong it conquered the mighty three. The axe couldn’t cut it. The man couldn’t hack it. The wind couldn’t fell it. It is said, Seven rounds around the tree, And what lies within ..read more
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Illustrious French-Guadeloupean Author Maryse Condé Passes On, Aged 90
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by Kuhelika Ghosh
2d ago
French-Guadeloupean writer Maryse Condé has passed on at the age of 90. She died on April 2, 2024 in the south of France. Condé’s passing is a great loss to the African and Francophone literary community. Her novels explore the effects of slavery and colonialism in the African diaspora, especially the Caribbean. Congolese author Alain ..read more
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Don’t Miss Out on This Book Chat Series Ft. 5 Talented Nigerian Authors | April 13–28
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by Kuhelika Ghosh
3d ago
Book O’Clock is hosting an exciting book chat series to celebrate their fourth anniversary. The series will run online from April 13 to 28, 2024 and includes five up-and-coming Nigerian authors such as Chukwuebuka Ibeh, Bolu Babalola, Ukamaka Olisakwe, and more. Founded in 2020, Book O’Clock is a nonprofit literary organisation that seeks to promote ..read more
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Spiced Doves | Isaac Ouro-Gnao | Poetry
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by Submissions Editor
3d ago
  the sun kissed innocent smiles and confused bird’s chatter our laughter a cooling breeze trickling through our coiled crowns marigold flowers dotted a path and beckoned us to the edge of a slow river its surface begging to be broken we stepped into a world made for us glass coloured fish swam at our ..read more
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Excerpt: A Mouth Full of Salt by Reem Gaafar
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by Kuhelika Ghosh
3d ago
One Until a body was actually found, they referred to him as ‘missing’. But they went about their business of looking for someone who was dead, not alive. They weren’t looking for a boy, they were looking for a body. It was the same with everyone: they were someone, with a name, until they died ..read more
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Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka’s Memoir The Man Died Heads to the Big Screen in July
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by Kuhelika Ghosh
3d ago
Nigerian Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka’s memoir The Man Died is heading to the big screen this July. Watch the trailer below! Soyinka’s memoir contains a record of his time in prison during the Nigerian Civil War in the late 1960s. Soyinka was arrested at the beginning of the Nigerian Civil War in 1967 for his outspoken ..read more
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Beyoncé’s Theory of Genre and African Fiction
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by Ainehi Edoro
4d ago
Beyoncé’s recent Album Cowboy Carter has raised questions about the politics and practice of genre. Can a black woman with deep roots in R&B, pop, and hip-hop make country music? With a repertoire of influences ranging from opera and Led Zepplin to Black folk music and trap beats, is Cowboy Carter even country music?  As ..read more
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Fathers | Riley Hlatshwayo | Fiction
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by Submissions Editor
4d ago
  I. I do not know how to respond when you tell me that your Father is a tree. Or when, your body convulsing and writhing so much that you shrink and your wholeness fits in the couch, you alarm me for the first time. You are so small. Perhaps you have always been small ..read more
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Pitch African Literature Translations to Two Lines Press | Deadline: Rolling
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by Kuhelika Ghosh
4d ago
Submissions are now open for Two Lines Press’ call for translated African literature. If you are a translator interested in translated an African novel, story collection, or literary non-fiction, pitch to Two Lines now. Founded in 2013 by the Center for the Art of Translation, Two Lines Press is an award-winning U.S.-based press committed to ..read more
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