• Shani Akilah’s “For Such a Time As This” launches in London

    Shani Akilah’s “For Such a Time As This” launches in London

    Shani Akilah’s interconnected short story collection For Such a Time As This launched in London, UK on Thursday, June 27, 2024. Shani Akilah’s short story collection For Such a Time As This follows a group of young, Black British friends navigating the complexities of modern life in London. From the excitement of new relationships to…

  • Abidjan and Accra in focus at litafrika 2024

    Abidjan and Accra in focus at litafrika 2024

    Abidjan and Accra are the focus of the third edition of the litafrika 2024 exhibition at Strauhof Zurich from June 6 – September 8, 2024. “litafrika” is an open archive literary exhibition project in three parts organised by Swiss partners Litar Foundation and Strauhof Zurich. It revolves around the central question: “How do we read…

  • Writers to feature at South Africa’s Folklore Festival 2024

    Writers to feature at South Africa’s Folklore Festival 2024

    The Folklore Festival, featuring many writers, will be hosted in Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Cape Town from August 7 – September 12, 2024. The theme is #WETHEFOLK. The Folklore Festival is a celebration of African culture, customs, and community first hosted in South Africa in 2022. Rounding out South Africa’s Heritage Month (September), it incorporated a…

  • Book Digest: Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Ayaan Mohamud, Mamadou Socrates Diop, Franklyn Addo

    Book Digest: Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Ayaan Mohamud, Mamadou Socrates Diop, Franklyn Addo

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Ayaan Mohamud, Mamadou Socrates Diop, and Franklyn Addo. My Parents’ Marriage A Novel By Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond Publisher:  AmistadDate:  July 9, 2024Genre:  FictionLanguage: EnglishWhere to find it:  Harper Collins Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond…

  • Kano International Poetry Festival 2024 starts July 11

    Kano International Poetry Festival 2024 starts July 11

    The Kano International Poetry Festival 2024, which will be the inaugural edition, runs at the Bayero University, Kano, Nigeria from July 11 – 13, 2024. Poetic Wednesdays is a youth-oriented non-governmental, non-political, and non-partisan entity aimed at promoting literature and literary activities in Northern Nigeria. The Salim Yunusa-founded organisation has hosted events bringing poets together…

  • Kenya’s National Read Aloud 2024 for July 12

    Kenya’s National Read Aloud 2024 for July 12

    Kenya’s National Read Aloud 2024 will be hosted in schools around the country on Thursday, July 12, 2024. On June 16, 2014, the Storymoja Read Aloud campaign was started to get kids around the country to read from the same text while spawning the next generation of readers. Since then, the annual activity has brought…

  • Hisham Matar wins Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2024

    Hisham Matar wins Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2024

    Hisham Matar’s novel My Friends won the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction 2024 on Thursday, June 27, 2024. The Orwell Prize, named in honour of English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic George Orwell, is one of the UK’s most prestigious prizes for political writing. The Orwell Foundation annually awards prizes for work that comes closest…

  • Macondo Literary Festival 2024 for September

    Macondo Literary Festival 2024 for September

    The Macondo Literary Festival 2024 will be hosted at the Kenya National Theatre in Nairobi from September 20 – 22, 2024. The theme is “The Sea is History.” The Macondo Literary Festival is a creation of the author Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and Anja Bengelstorff-founded Macondo Book Society. The word “Macondo,” comes from the fictional place…

  • Toyin Fálọlá Prize 2024 shortlist announced.

    Toyin Fálọlá Prize 2024 shortlist announced.

    The shortlist for the Toyin Fálọlá Prize 2024 was announced in Lagos, Nigeria on Friday, July 5, 2024. The Toyin Fálọlá Prize is an award for short stories from Nigeria-based Lunaris aimed at honouring distinguished African scholar and foremost historian, Prof Toyin Fálọlá. It celebrates his contributions to the advancement of African cultures, peoples, myths,…

  • Alfoi Renato Bernardo Firme wins Prémio Literário Carlos Morgado 2024

    Alfoi Renato Bernardo Firme wins Prémio Literário Carlos Morgado 2024

    Alfoi Renato Bernardo Firme was declared the winner of Prémio Literário Carlos Morgado 2024 in Maputo, Mozambique on Thursday, July 4, 2024. The Carlos Morgado Foundation has been running initiatives in health, education, sports, and other areas of sustainable development in honour of the late Mozambican freedom fighter, entrepreneur, and politician Carlos Morgado. The latest…

  • A snapshot of the NBO LitFest 2024

    A snapshot of the NBO LitFest 2024

    The NBO LitFest 2024, brought to you by Book Bunk and the Hay Festival, was hosted in Nairobi, Kenya from June 27 – 30, 2024. Book Bunk first hosted the virtual festival NBO LitFest, anchored in Nairobi’s public libraries with stories and ideas emerging from Nairobi and other regional spaces, in 2021. Designed as a…

  • Iris Mwanza’s novel Lion’s Den launches in London

    Iris Mwanza’s novel Lion’s Den launches in London

    Iris Mwanza’s debut novel Lion’s Den launched at the Africa Centre, London, UK on Friday, June 14, 2024. Here are some images from the launch. Iris Mwanza is a Zambian-American professional who recently wrote the Canongate-published novel The Lion’s Den. The debut follows rookie lawyer Grace Zulu whose first client Willbess ‘Bessy’ Mulenga goes missing…

  • eKitabu audiobooks launch in Nairobi

    eKitabu audiobooks launch in Nairobi

    Goretti Kyomuhendo, Lesalon Kasaine, Ciku Kimani, and Scola Moraa launched audiobook versions of their novels at the Alliance Française, Nairobi on Saturday, June 29, 2024. Since 2012, eKitabu has done valuable work to increase accessibility and lower the cost of content for quality education in Kenya. For their efforts, they were feted at the Accessible…

  • Emmanuel G.G. Yamba wins Abu Sherif Poetry Prize 2024

    Emmanuel G.G. Yamba wins Abu Sherif Poetry Prize 2024

    Emmanuel G.G. Yamba was declared the winner of Liberia’s Abu Sherif Poetry Prize 2024 on Monday, July 1, 2024. The Abu Sherif Poetry Prize is named in honour of Abu Sherif, a prolific Liberian poet who lost his life to sickle cell. It is open only to Liberians between the ages of 17 and 35.…

  • Soma Nami’s African Book Fair 2024 starts August 6.

    Soma Nami’s African Book Fair 2024 starts August 6.

    The African Book Fair 2024, organised by Soma Nami Books, will be hosted at the MacMillan Memorial Library, Nairobi, Kenya from August 6 – 11, 2024. Soma Nami Books, a bookshop founded by Muthoni Muiruri and Wendy Njoroge, launched in Nairobi, Kenya in 2021. It has been hard at work giving their Nairobi audience much…