The Kenyan Publishers Association voices its frustration with Nairobi’s book tax, rare in Africa. Those punished by it, they say, are public school students.
As in parts of the world, distribution challenges loom large in Johannesburg for the book business. Bookseller Griffin Shea sees the need for a ‘metaphorical bridge.’
Three festivals are gaining traction in different parts of the battle-scarred African nation of Somalia. The next, Mogadishu’s fair, is scheduled for August 17 through 19.
Rotating among prose fiction, poetry, drama, and children’s literature, the Nigeria Prize carries a purse of $100,000. The longlist was chosen from 173 titles.
Honored for a short story that ‘leaves the reader full of sympathy and wonder at the plight of its protagonists,’ the Cape Town-based LIdudumalingali says he’s interested in seeing that we ‘not try to lie to ourselves.’
Amid reports of serious campus infrastructure challenges, the University of Dar es Salaam is getting a major new library facility with funding and building support from China.
Nayana Kakoma has a daughter and ‘I cannot find her stuff to read that does not have ponies and long blonde hair.’ So she’s starting a publishing company in Uganda.
In the West, years of deep discounts in the trade and audience-attracting freebies in self-publishing have led to concerns about books being undervalued. In Uganda, pricing runs the other way.
The winner of the £10,000 Caine Prize will be announced at an award ceremony and dinner at the Weston Library, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, on July 4.
At the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Nigeria’s Richard Ali talks about the multilingual hurdles faced by those working in publishing in Africa.