The writer Dambudzo Marechera, who died on 18 August 1987, remains a popular figure in Zimbabwe. Hundreds of handwritten letters found in an archive have revealed the real import of the writer’s enduring influence.
Written from prison, the new book of poems by the writer, academic and activist shows her fire but also her deep love for Uganda.
African academics draw up a reading list that speaks to the vibrancy of contemporary as well as older African literature.
The Booker Prize for Fiction has for years been criticised for favouring American novelists, and for four years running had no African writers in shortlist. Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma has however beaten the odds as a twice shortlisted author for his novels ‘The Fishermen’ in 2015, and ‘An Orchestra of Minorities’ this year.
Ethiopian writer Maaza Mengiste has signed three forklifts of her latest book The Shadow King. The Shadow King is her second book, and it took her nearly four hours and three pens to sign the books.
Award-winning Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o is adding the title of author to her growing résumé. The actress is set to release a children’s book that focuses on colourism, self-love and acceptance to help girls and boys find the inspiration to ‘walk with joy in their own skin’.
“Freshwater”, the debut novel of non-binary Nigerian author Akwaeke Emezi, is a book that tackles multiplicity in an autobiographical account of the author’s reality and identity. “I am a village full of faces and a compound full of bones, translucent thousands.”
Nigerian poets and novelists have compared the Igbo massacres in the 60s to the Holocaust as a way to drive international attention to the atrocities.
House of Stone, a book written by Zimbabwean author Novuyo Tshuma has been listed by the Oprah Magazine as one of the top 10 books to read during winter. We celebrate the recognition with Novuyo.