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On Publishing Genre Fiction in Africa

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Writing for Africa in Words, Emma Shercliff offers a fascinating look at genre publishing in Africa based on the discussions the recent Africa Writes conference.

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Kenya’s Passionate Publishers Grow in Confidence, Influence

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A coterie of aggressive, creative publishing houses are fighting to expand the literary horizons of Kenyans and bring their books to the world.

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East African Writers Embrace Self-publishing and Promotion

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Author Aleya Kassam explains how Kenyan writers are embracing the idea of branding and taking control of their careers.

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On Trying to Bring More African Poetry to the World

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Ghanaian-born writer Kwame Dawes discusses his newest project, The African Poetry Book Fund, a project to promote African poetry in the world.

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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

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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?

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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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