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International Alliance of Independent Publishers Assembles in Cape Town

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The International Alliance of Independent Publishers will be holding their International Assembly in Cape Town this year from September 17-21.

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Okwiri Oduor Wins 15th Caine Prize for African Writing

Okwiri Odour (Photo: Caine Prize for African Writing)

Kenyan Okwiri Oduor has won the 15th Caine Prize for African Writing, often described as Africa’s leading literary award.

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Are African Writers Trumping African-American Authors?

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In the NYTimes, Felicia R. Lee asks if the ‘new wave of African writers’ with an international appeal are drawing attention away from African-American voices.

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Syria Speaks: Writers, Artists Publish to Protest Tyranny

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The new book, Syria Speaks, brings together writing, cartoons, and artwork from over fifty Syrians who stand firmly against tyranny and violence.

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Are Global Publishers Still Suspicious of Africa?

Angela Wachuka

Kenya’s Kwani? expresses frustration at the reluctance of publishers from the “global north” to deal rights for co-editions or ebooks to publishers from Africa.

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Kwani at Ten: The Making of Pan-African Literary Community

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi won the first Kwani? Manuscript Contest for her novel "The Kintu Saga."

In the ten years since its launch, Kwani?, East Africa’s first literary journal, has led the growth of literary life in the region — and now looks ahead.

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The Mystery of Clichéd African Book Covers

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“Whatever kind of writing you do, if you write a novel ‘about Africa, chances are you’re going to get the acacia tree treatment. And the orange sky.”

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2014 Caine Prize for African Writing Shortlist Announced

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The shortlist for the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing features finalists hailing from Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambia/Ghana.

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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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