• Rebeka Njau’s “Ripples in the Pool” launches in Nairobi

    Rebeka Njau’s “Ripples in the Pool” launches in Nairobi

    Rebeka Njau’s 1975 novel Ripples in the Pool, reissued this year by Bloomsbury Publishing, launched at the Alliance Française, Nairobi on Friday, June 14, 2024. Rebeka Njau is Kenya’s first female playwright and a pioneer in the representation of African women in literature. She is famously one of the only two women, alongside Grace Ogot,…

  • Nnedi Okorafor is Publishers Weekly cover model.

    Nnedi Okorafor is Publishers Weekly cover model.

    Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor is the cover model for the latest edition of Publishers Weekly. Nnedi Okorafor, author of numerous titles for children, young adults, and adults since 2005, is one of the most accomplished writers working today. Some of her books have been Zahrah the Windseeker (2005), the Akata Series Akata Witch (2011), Akata…

  • Sunday Times Literary Awards 2024 longlists announced

    Sunday Times Literary Awards 2024 longlists announced

    The longlists for the Sunday Times Literary Awards 2024 were announced in Johannesburg, South Africa on Sunday, June 16, 2024. The Sunday Times Literary Awards are awarded annually in fiction (since 1989) and nonfiction (since 2001). Organised by South African newspaper The Sunday Times, it has been won in recent times by Siphiwe Ndlovu and…

  • Soma Nami’s second branch opens in Nairobi.

    Soma Nami’s second branch opens in Nairobi.

    Kenyan bookstore Soma Nami opened its second branch in Ngara, Nairobi on the weekend of June 7 – 9, 2024. Despite trying times in Kenya’s economy, the book-selling business continued in leaps and bounds in 2024. Half Price Books which already has branches in the Village Market Mall, one in the Central Business District, and…

  • Kevin Jared Hosein wins Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2024

    Kevin Jared Hosein wins Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2024

    Kevin Jared Hosein’s novel Hungry Ghosts won the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2024 in Melrose, UK on Thursday, June 13, 2024. The Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction is a British literary award created by the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, whose ancestors were closely linked to Scottish author Sir Walter Scott, generally…

  • Aminta Dupuis wins Iskanchi Book Prize 2024

    Aminta Dupuis wins Iskanchi Book Prize 2024

    Aminta Dupuis was declared the winner of the inaugural Iskanchi Book Prize, a manuscript prize open to African writers, on Saturday, June 8, 2024. Iskanchi Press and Magazine, founded by publisher, journalist, and writer Kenechi Uzor in 2020, has produced several literary magazine editions and numerous books. This year, the platform announced the Iskanchi Book…

  • Lambda Awards 2024 winners announced.

    Lambda Awards 2024 winners announced.

    The winners of the Lambda Awards 2024 were announced in New York, USA on Tuesday, June 11, 2024. These are the writers of African descent who won. The Lambda Literary Awards, or the “Lammys,” as they are known, are an award of Lambda Literary, the oldest and largest literary arts organization advancing Lesbian, Gay, Trans,…

  • Nommo Awards 2024 shortlists announced.

    Nommo Awards 2024 shortlists announced.

    The shortlists for the African Speculative Fiction Society’s Nommo Awards 2024 were announced on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. In the African literary space, magical realism, Sci-Fi, horror, and graphic novels have been bunched together as “speculative fiction” by the African Speculative Fiction Society. That organisation introduced the Nommo Awards to celebrate these oft-side-lined genres in…

  • Book Digest: Pam Williams, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Colson Whitehead, Armindo António

    Book Digest: Pam Williams, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Colson Whitehead, Armindo António

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Pam Williams, Elizabeth-Jane Burnett, Colson Whitehead, and Armindo António. A Trace of Sun Book by Pam Williams Publisher:  Legend PressDate:  March 1, 2024Genre:  FictionLanguage:  EnglishWhere to find it:  Legend Press, Pam Williams Pam Williams studied fashion at London’s…

  • Colombia’s La Comadre tours Nairobi

    Colombia’s La Comadre tours Nairobi

    La Comadre, a women’s organisation of Afro-Colombian victims of the decades-long Colombian conflict, was hosted to events in Nairobi, Kenya from June 4 – 5, 2024. Colombia has had internal conflicts between the government, far-right paramilitary groups and crime syndicates, and far-left guerrilla groups, fighting each other for decades. In 2012, negotiations began between the…

  • R.S.A Garcia is a Nebula Awards 2024 winner

    R.S.A Garcia is a Nebula Awards 2024 winner

    R.S.A Garcia won in the short story category at the Nebula Awards 2024 in Pasadena, USA on Sunday, June 9, 2024. The Nebula Awards, recognising the best works of science fiction or fantasy published in the United States, were first held in 1966. They are organized and awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers…

  • Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse feted at Grand Prix de l’Héroïne Madame Figaro.

    Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse feted at Grand Prix de l’Héroïne Madame Figaro.

    Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse was feted at the Grand Prix de l’Héroïne Madame Figaro ceremony in Paris, France on Thursday, May 30, 2024 Madame Figaro is a French magazine supplement to the Saturday edition of the daily newspaper Le Figaro, focusing on and catering to women. Grand Prix de l’Héroïne Madame Figaro is a French literary…

  • Literary Magazines: PREE, Joburg Review, Lounloun, Journal of West Indian Literature

    Literary Magazines: PREE, Joburg Review, Lounloun, Journal of West Indian Literature

    New editions of PREE, Johannesburg Review of Books, Lounloun, and Journal of West Indian Literature are available for your reading pleasure. Johannesburg Review of Books The Johannesburg Review of Books is an independent literary review that publishes reviews, essays, poetry, photographs, and short fiction from South Africa, Africa, and beyond. The latest edition features contributions…

  • Toyin Fálọlá Prize 2024 longlist announced.

    Toyin Fálọlá Prize 2024 longlist announced.

    The longlist of the Toyin Fálọlá Prize 2024 was announced in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday, June 6, 2024. The Toyin Fálọlá Prize is an award for short stories from Nigerian-based Lunaris aimed at honouring distinguished African scholar and foremost historian, Prof Toyin Fálọlá. It celebrates his endeavours and contributions to the advancement of African cultures,…

  • Germany’s Afrolution Festival 2024 starts June 27

    Germany’s Afrolution Festival 2024 starts June 27

    The Afrolution Festival 2024 with the theme “African/-Diasporic Pluriverses I.” is set to run in Berlin, Germany from June 27 – 30, 2024. Afrolution is a festival with literature at its core, organised by Each One, Teach One, that has hosted many of Africa’s and Afro-German leading writers in Berlin, Germany since 2018. The event…