Category: DR Congo

  • 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…

  • Fiston Mwanza Mujila wins Le Prix Les Afriques 2021.

    Fiston Mwanza Mujila wins Le Prix Les Afriques 2021.

    Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s novel Le Danse du Vilain was declared the winner of Le Prix Les Afriques 2021 on Friday, December 10, 2021. Prix Les Afriques is awarded annually to an African or writer of African descent who has written fiction highlighting a human, societal, ideological, political, cultural, economic or historical issue related to Africa…

  • Anja Saleh, Do Nsoseme Dora for James Murua Literary LiveStream on November 24

    Anja Saleh, Do Nsoseme Dora for James Murua Literary LiveStream on November 24

    Anja Saleh and Do Nsoseme Dora are the guests of the James Murua Literary LiveStream on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at 18:00 GMT/ 19:00 WAT/ 20:00 CAT/ 21:00 EAT. You can join the stream, brought to you in cooperation with Frankfurter Buchmesse with financial support from the German Federal Foreign Office, on Facebook, YouTube, or…

  • Goethe-Institut’s “Virtually Yours” Literary Festival kicks off on November 11.

    Goethe-Institut’s “Virtually Yours” Literary Festival kicks off on November 11.

    The Virtually Yours Literary Festival, bringing together African and German authors in conversation, is set to run from November 11-14, 2021. It is curated jointly by Zukiswa Wanner and Zoë Beck. Virtually Yours is a series that brings you to the centre of contemporary African literature with discussions between leading African authors curated by Zukiswa…

  • Yannick Ethan Kaumbo awarded Prix Zamenga 2021 in Kinshasa.

    Yannick Ethan Kaumbo awarded Prix Zamenga 2021 in Kinshasa.

    Yannick Ethan Kaumbo was announced the winner of the Prix Zamenga 2021 at a ceremony in Kinshasa, DR Congo on Saturday, October 30, 2021. Prix Zamenga, named after Congolese writer and philanthropist Zamenga Batukezanga, is a literary competition open to Congolese writers under 40 living in the DRC or abroad. Those who enter the prize,…