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Where’s the African Chick-Lit?


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 about the challenges of publishing in Zimbabwe today.

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With Latest, Eliot Schrefer Takes YA to Endangered Africa


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


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


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

Etisalat Book Prize

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


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

Mia Cuoto

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

Ivan Vladislavic

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

Bright Fingers Press at ADIBF

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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