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Where’s the African Chick-Lit?

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Several African publishers are looking to plug a gap in the much-in-demand market for chick lit among African readers.

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On the Challenges of Publishing in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe, once a comparatively wealthy nation, has struggled to develop under the leadership of Robert Mugabe.

Jane Morris, co-founder of amaBooks, spoke with Fungai Machirori of fungaineni.com about the challenges of publishing in Zimbabwe today.

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With Latest, Eliot Schrefer Takes YA to Endangered Africa

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We interview one of our favorite YA writers, Eliot Schrefer, about his latest YA novel, Endangered, set during a chimpanzee preservation mission in Gabon.

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PEN and UNESCO to Bolster Minority Language Publishing

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PEN International and Unesco have launched new research and training programs in Kenya, Haiti, Serbia and Nigeria to bolster local book publishing industries.

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Kenyan Writer “Comes Out” In Protest of Anti-Gay Laws

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Kenya’s Binyavanga Wainaina declared his homosexuality in a new short story to protest the passage of strict new anti-gay laws in Uganda and Nigeria.

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New £15,000 Prize to Raise Profile of Pan-African Literature

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The shortlist for the new £15,000 Etisalat Prize for Literature based in Nigeria, and includes books by NoViolet Bulawayo, Yewande Omotoso, and Karen Jennings.

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Finding the Seeds of Inspiration in Distant Echoes of Childhood

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Zimbabwean author S.N. Mahachi-Harper reflects on how her childhood in a mining village inspired her new most recent novel Footprints in the Mists of Time.

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Mozambique’s Mia Couto Wins 2014 Neustadt Prize for Int’l Lit

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Mozambican author António Emílio Leite Couto (Mia Couto is the 2014 winner of the $50,000 Neustadt Prize for International Literature, aka America’s Nobel.

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What Reaches the World Isn’t Fully Representative of South Africa

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Today, South African writers aren’t just focused on race and politics, and are offering a much richer reflection of our society, says author Ivan Vladislavić.

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Publishing is Another Victim of Syria’s Civil War

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Syria’s civil war has decimated the local publishing business, all-but-ending the printing and sale of new books, and forcing many publishers and authors to emigrate.

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