Sidewalk retail: Bookselling is curbside in Ethiopia’s largest city, where roaming vendors on foot offer titles to passersby.
The top prize in this pan-African, award program for debut authors includes the Etisalat Fellowship at the University of East Anglia.
Writers from Tanzania and Kenya take top honors in the two-year-old prize program, with special appreciation cited for dialect work.
Tanzania has banned private companies from publishing textbooks, citing poor quality. Some stakeholders question the government’s ability to oversee textbook production.
Having seen publisher Cassava Republic grow for a decade, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf is focused on getting books into the hands of readers via international partnerships.
The pan-African Etisalat Prize for Literature, which includes a fellowship at the University of East Anglia, announced its longlist of African novels.
The International Publishers Association and others appeal to the Mauritanian government not to execute blogger Mohamed Ould Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir.
In talking about the Rwandan cultural context for reading and literature, publisher Louise Umutoni of Huza Press talks of authors publishing outside Africa.
A political novelist looks back on how issues explicated by her fiction ended up hampering book sales in her home country of Ethiopia.
Sarah L. Manyika has written that she finds African publishers ‘more savvy,’ willing to ‘look outside cliched representations of the continent’s writers.’