Category: Ethiopia

  • AKO Caine Prize for African Writing 2022 shortlist announced.

    AKO Caine Prize for African Writing 2022 shortlist announced.

    The shortlist for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing 2022 has been announced today, June 8, 2022. It consists of Joshua Chizoma, Nana-Ama Danquah, Hannah Giorgis, Idza Luhumyo, and Billie McTernan. The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing is awarded annually to an African writer published in English for a short story. The prize…

  • Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2022 shortlist announced.

    Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2022 shortlist announced.

    The shortlist for the Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2022 was announced on Monday, March 21, 2022. The Brunel International African Poetry Prize, worth £3,000, was started in 2012 to revitalise African poetry and encourage a new generation of poets to get an international platform. It was founded by Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo who…

  • 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…

  • Meron Hadero wins AKO Caine Prize for African Writing 2021.

    Meron Hadero wins AKO Caine Prize for African Writing 2021.

    Meron Hadero was announced the winner of the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing 2021 for her short story The Street Sweep, in a ceremony on Monday, July 26, 2021. The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing is awarded annually for a short story by an African writer published in English. It is named after…

  • Maaza Mengiste wins Premio Gregor von Rezzori 2021

    Maaza Mengiste wins Premio Gregor von Rezzori 2021

    Maaza Mengiste’s Il Re Ombra (The Shadow King) translated by Anna Nadotti was revealed to be the winner of Premio Gregor von Rezzori 2021 on Saturday, June 5, 2020. Gregor von Rezzori was an Austrian-born, Romanian, German-language novelist, memoirist, screenwriter and author of radio plays, as well as an actor, journalist, visual artist, art critic…

  • AKO Caine Prize for African Writing 2021 shortlist announced.

    AKO Caine Prize for African Writing 2021 shortlist announced.

    The shortlist for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing 2021 has been announced today, June 2, 2021. It features Doreen Baingana, Meron Hadero, Rémy Ngamije, Troy Onyango, and Iryn Tushabe, The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing is awarded annually to an African writer published in English for a short story. The prize has…

  • African, African American finalists at Edgar Awards 2021.

    African, African American finalists at Edgar Awards 2021.

    Nnedi Okorafor, Maaza Mengiste, Kwei Quartey, Elisabeth Thomas, and Alyssa Cole are finalists of the Edgar Awards 2021 announced on January 25, 2021. Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime-writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. It is dedicated to…

  • Meron Hadero is Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing 2020 winner.

    Meron Hadero is Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing 2020 winner.

    Meron Hadero’s short story collection manuscript Preludes was announced the winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing 2020 on November 18, 2020. The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing was created in 2016 to honour outstanding debut literary works by first-generation immigrants, awarded for fiction and nonfiction in alternating years. Previous…

  • Amharic Day at Afrolit Sans Frontières African Languages Edition.

    Amharic Day at Afrolit Sans Frontières African Languages Edition.

    Amharic was the featured language at the Afrolit Sans Frontières African Languages Edition on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Afrolit Sans Frontières, a virtual literary festival for writers of African origin, was founded by author and publisher Zukiswa Wanner as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic international lockdowns. There have been five editions running since it…

  • Ready Set Go Books publishes “Letter From a Plow Nation.”

    Ready Set Go Books publishes “Letter From a Plow Nation.”

    Ready Set Go Books is publishing Letter From a Plow Nation written by Dr Worku Mulat, and illustrated by Daniel Getahun today, October 9, 2020. This will be the organisation’s 100th title. Ready Set Go Books is a publishing initiative of the Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund designed to close the key gap that exists…

  • Tsitsi Dangarembga, Maaza Mengiste, Brandon Taylor on Booker Prize 2020 shortlist.

    Tsitsi Dangarembga, Maaza Mengiste, Brandon Taylor on Booker Prize 2020 shortlist.

    Tsitsi Dangarembga, Maaza Mengiste, and Brandon Taylor are on the shortlist for the Booker Prize 2020 announced on September 15, 2020. The Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded annually for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the United Kingdom. Since it started in 1969, it has…

  • Maaza Mengiste-edited Addis Ababa Noir anthology launches.

    Maaza Mengiste-edited Addis Ababa Noir anthology launches.

    Addis Ababa Noir, a new anthology edited by Maaza Mengiste and published by Akashic Books, launched at the Strand Books, New York, USA, on August 4, 2020. Akashic Books is a US publisher of urban literary fiction and political nonfiction by authors who are ignored by the mainstream. One of the most remarkable of its…

  • Tsitsi Dangarembga, Maaza Mengiste, Kiley Reid, Brandon Taylor on Booker Prize 2020 longlist.

    Tsitsi Dangarembga, Maaza Mengiste, Kiley Reid, Brandon Taylor on Booker Prize 2020 longlist.

    Tsitsi Dangarembga, Maaza Mengiste, Kiley Reid, and Brandon Taylor are on the longlist for the Booker Prize 2020 announced on July 27, 2020. The Booker Prize for Fiction is a literary prize awarded annually for the best original novel written in the English language and published in the United Kingdom since 1969. It has been…

  • “Songs We Learn from Trees,” a pioneering Ethiopian poetry anthology launches.

    “Songs We Learn from Trees,” a pioneering Ethiopian poetry anthology launches.

    Songs We Learn from Trees, an Ethiopian poetry anthology edited by Chris Beckett and Alemu Tebeje, which styles itself as the “first in the English language,” launched last week. Alemu Tebeje is an Ethiopian journalist, poet, and human rights campaigner who left Ethiopia in the early 1990s and now lives in London, UK. His poems…

  • A snapshot of Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 2.

    A snapshot of Afrolit Sans Frontières Season 2.

    Season 2 of Afrolit Sans Frontières was hosted by African writers from cities all over the world over the Internet from April 20-27, 2020. The Afrolit Sans Frontiers Virtual Literary Festival, an initiative by and for writers of African origin, started in March as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic international lockdown. The second edition…