Category: DR Congo

  • Festival Buku Kinshasa 2024 for June

    Festival Buku Kinshasa 2024 for June

    Festival Buku Kinshasa 2024 will run for the second time and will be hosted in Kinshasa, DR Congo from June 28 – 30, 2024. The dates were moved from 7 – 9. Festival Buku Kinshasa was initiated by Congolese publishers, distributors, and booksellers with the support of numerous associations passionate about literature, and hosted in…

  • Book Digest: Olumide Popoola, Albert Kokolomami, Dorcy Rugamba, Sarah Dass

    Book Digest: Olumide Popoola, Albert Kokolomami, Dorcy Rugamba, Sarah Dass

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Olumide Popoola, Albert Kokolomami, Dorcy Rugamba, and Sarah Dass. Like Water Like Sea by Olumide Popoola Publisher:  Cassava Republic PressDate:  May 9, 2024Genre:  FictionLanguage:  EnglishWhere to find it:  Olumide Popoola Olumide Popoola is a London-based Nigerian German writer…

  • Translations: Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Blaise Ndala, Djaïli Amadou Amal, Lisette Lombe

    Translations: Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Blaise Ndala, Djaïli Amadou Amal, Lisette Lombe

    Translations for books by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, Blaise Ndala, Djaïli Amadou Amal, and Lisette Lombe are available for your reading pleasure. La Femme Premiere by Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi Book:   La Femme PremiereOriginal Title:  The First WomanAuthor:  Jennifer Nansubuga MakumbiTranslator:  Céline SchwallerPublisher:  Editions MétailiéPublishing Date:  March 1, 2024Language:   English to FrenchWhere to Find it:  Editions Métailié…

  • Translations: Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Maaza Mengiste, Scholastique Mukasonga, Fred Khumalo

    Translations: Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Maaza Mengiste, Scholastique Mukasonga, Fred Khumalo

    Translations of books by Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Maaza Mengiste, Scholastique Mukasonga, and Fred Khumalo are available for your reading pleasure. Book:   The Villain’s DanceOriginal Title:  Author:  Fiston Mwanza MujilaTranslator:  Roland GlasserPublisher:  Deep Vellum PublishingPublishing Date:  March 12, 2024Language:   French to EnglishWhere to Find it:  Deep Vellum Full of wit, music, and a rollicking cast of…

  • Grand Prix Littéraire d’Afrique Noire 2023 finalists announced.

    Grand Prix Littéraire d’Afrique Noire 2023 finalists announced.

    The finalists for Grand Prix Littéraire d’Afrique Noire 2023 were announced on Monday, February 19, 2024. Grand Prix Littéraire d’Afrique Noire is a literary prize presented every year by the Association of French Language Writers (ADELF) for a text in French from Sub-Saharan Africa. Some of the winners of the prize first won by Aké…

  • Fête Du Livre de Kinshasa 2024 to kick off on February 17

    Fête Du Livre de Kinshasa 2024 to kick off on February 17

    Fête Du Livre de Kinshasa 2024 is set to be hosted in the capital of DR Congo from February 17 – 24, 2023. The festival theme is “Women at Work.” Fête Du Livre de Kinshasa, which English speakers would translate to the Kinshasa Book Fair, has happened in the capital of one of the richest…

  • La Grande Rentree for Kinshasa on September 15

    La Grande Rentree for Kinshasa on September 15

    La Grande Rentrée Littéraire De Kinshasa 2021 is set to run in Kinshasa, D.R. Congo from September 15 – 17, 2023. Rentrée Littéraire is a practice adopted by French publishers, characterised by a large number of new book releases (all styles and genres mixed together) and takes place every year between late August and early…

  • Prix Makomi 2023 winners announced in Kinshasa.

    Prix Makomi 2023 winners announced in Kinshasa.

    The winners of Prix Makomi 2023 were announced at a ceremony in Kinshasa, DR Congo on Saturday, February 5, 2023. The Prix Littéraire Makomi is a manuscript prize created by the Pôle Eunic-RDC in order to promote the Congolese literary sector and to bring out new talents in 2017. It is organized annually as part…

  • Fête Du Livre de Kinshasa 2023 to kick off on February 4

    Fête Du Livre de Kinshasa 2023 to kick off on February 4

    Fête Du Livre de Kinshasa 2023, the festival hosted annually in DR Congo, will this year run from February 4-11, 2023.   Fête Du Livre de Kinshasa, which English speakers would translate to the Kinshasa Book Fair, has happened in the capital of one of the richest countries on the continent since 2013.  It is…

  • Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Khal Torabully on Sarah Maguire Prize 2022 shortlist

    Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Khal Torabully on Sarah Maguire Prize 2022 shortlist

    Fiston Mwanza Mujila and Khal Torabully are on the shortlist for the Sarah Maguire Prize 2022 announced on September 22, 2022. The Sarah Maguire Prize for Poetry in Translation is an international biennial award for the best book of poetry in English translation by a living poet from beyond Europe. It was established in the…

  • Blaise Ndala is Prix du livre d’Ottawa 2022 finalist.

    Blaise Ndala is Prix du livre d’Ottawa 2022 finalist.

    Blaise Ndala’s Dans le ventre du Congo is a finalist at Prix du livre d’Ottawa 2022. The announcement was made on September 20, 2022. Prix du livre d’Ottawa and Ottawa Book Award, founded in 1986, is a Canadian literary award presented by the City of Ottawa to the best English and French language books written…

  • Congolese poet and academic Philippe Masegabio Nzanzu has passed away.

    Congolese poet and academic Philippe Masegabio Nzanzu has passed away.

    Congolese poet and academic Philippe Masegabio Nzanzu passed away on May 16, 2022. Philippe Masegabio Nzanzu was born in 1944 in the province of Equateur and he completed his Greco-Latin humanities at Saint-Thomas de Lisala College. A lover of Romanesque philology, Philippe Masegabio was a doctor of letters and philosophy trained at the University of…

  • Congolese publisher and writer Bienvenu Sene Mongaba has passed away.

    Congolese publisher and writer Bienvenu Sene Mongaba has passed away.

    Congolese publisher, writer, and linguist Bienvenu Sene Mongaba reportedly died of a heart attack on Monday, January 31, 2022. Bienvenu Sene Mongaba was born in Kinshasa, DR Congo on January 28, 1967, and grew up to pursue undergraduate chemistry studies at the University of Kinshasa. He moved to Belgium in 1996, to continue his postgraduate…

  • Fête Du Livre de Kinshasa 2022 kicks off on February 4

    Fête Du Livre de Kinshasa 2022 kicks off on February 4

    Fête Du Livre de Kinshasa 2022, the eighth edition of the festival hosted annually in DR Congo, will this year be hosted from February 4-20, 2022. The theme for the fair is “Children’s Literature and Publishing.” Fête Du Livre de Kinshasa, which English speakers would translate to the Kinshasa Book Fair, has happened in the…

  • Osvalde Lewat wins inaugural Grand Prix Pan Africain de Littérature

    Osvalde Lewat wins inaugural Grand Prix Pan Africain de Littérature

    Osvalde Lewat’s Les Aquatiques was announced the winner of the inaugural Grand Prix Pan Africain de Littérature at a ceremony in Kinshasa, DR Congo on January 24, 2022. There was also a special mention for Rémy Ngamije’s novel The Eternal Audience Of One. In 2021, DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi took over as the new…