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  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • Shirley Jackson Awards 2023 nominees announced

    Shirley Jackson Awards 2023 nominees announced

    The nominees for the Shirley Jackson Awards 2023 were announced on Friday, June 7, 2024. Here are the writers of African descent among them. Shirley Hardie Jackson was an American writer known primarily for her works of horror and mystery. Her writing career spanned over two decades, during which she composed six novels, two memoirs,…

  • Tananarive Due, Jordan Peele win at Bram Stoker Awards 2024.

    Tananarive Due, Jordan Peele win at Bram Stoker Awards 2024.

    Tananarive Due and Jordan Peele won in their categories at the Bram Stoker Awards 2024 in San Diego, California, USA, on June 3, 2024. Abraham “Bram” Stoker (1847 – 1912) was an Irish author best known for writing the 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula. In 1987, the Horror Writers Association of the USA set up…

  • Book Digest: Ishi Robinson, João Melo, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Iris Mwanza

    Book Digest: Ishi Robinson, João Melo, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Iris Mwanza

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Ishi Robinson, João Melo, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, and Iris Mwanza. Sweetness in the Skin by Ishi Robinson Publisher:  HarperDate:  April 23, 2024Genre:  FictionLanguage: EnglishWhere to find it:  Harper Ishi Robinson Ishi Robinson is a Jamaican writer living in…

  • Ehiorobo Derek, Kyle Okeke are Evaristo Prize for African Poetry 2024 joint winners

    Ehiorobo Derek, Kyle Okeke are Evaristo Prize for African Poetry 2024 joint winners

    Ehiorobo Derek and Kyle Okeke were declared joint-winners of the Evaristo Prize for African Poetry 2024 on Friday, May 31, 2024. The Brunel International African Poetry Prize, founded by Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo, was started in 2012 to revitalise African poetry and encourage a new generation of poets to get an international platform. Previous…

  • Percival Everett, Scholastique Mukasonga on Internationaler Literaturpreis 2024 shortlist

    Percival Everett, Scholastique Mukasonga on Internationaler Literaturpreis 2024 shortlist

    Percival Everett and Scholastique Mukasonga are on the shortlist for Germany’s Internationaler Literaturpreis 2024 announced on Thursday, May 30, 2024. Internationaler Literaturpreis (English: International Literature Award) is a German literary award for international prose translated into German for the first time. It has been awarded annually by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the…

  • Isele Prizes 2024 winners announced.

    Isele Prizes 2024 winners announced.

    Gloria Mwaniga, Alex Leslie, and Erinola Daranijo won in their categories at the Isele Prizes 2024; the announcement was made on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The Isele Prizes were founded to celebrate the best of short stories, poetry, and essays by writers published in the Ukamaka Olisakwe founded Isele Magazine in 2022. They are split…

  • Aaliyah Bilal wins Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence 2024

    Aaliyah Bilal wins Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence 2024

    Aaliyah Bilal’s short story collection Temple Folk was declared the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. Ernest J. Gaines was an award-winning novelist and short story writer from the USA who wrote books like Catherine Carmier (1964), Of Love and Dust (1967), Bloodline (1968), The Autobiography of Miss Jane…

  • Book Digest: Niq Mhlongo, Yandé Seck, Mélio Tinga, Kennedy Ryan

    Book Digest: Niq Mhlongo, Yandé Seck, Mélio Tinga, Kennedy Ryan

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Niq Mhlongo, Yandé Seck, Mélio Tinga, and Kennedy Ryan. Weiße Wolken By Yandé Seck Publisher:  Kiepenheuer & WitschDate:  February 8, 2024Genre:  FictionLanguage: GermanWhere to find it:  Kiepenheuer & Witsch Yandé Seck Yandé Seck was born in Heidelberg in…

  • Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2024 shortlist announced

    Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2024 shortlist announced

    Kai Thomas and Kevin Jared Hosein are on the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2024 shortlist announced on Wednesday, May 1, 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…

  • Noor Naga is Premio Gregor von Rezzori 2024 finalist

    Noor Naga is Premio Gregor von Rezzori 2024 finalist

    Noor Naga’s novel Come Dividere una Pesca is a finalist for Premio Gregor von Rezzori 2024; the announcement was made on Tuesday, April 23, 2024. Gregor von Rezzori was a novelist, memoirist, screenwriter, and author of radio plays, as well as an actor, journalist, visual artist, art critic, and art collector. He passed away in…

  • L.A. Times Book Prizes 2023 winners announced.

    L.A. Times Book Prizes 2023 winners announced.

    Tananarive Due, Airea D. Matthews, Shannon Sanders, and Amber McBride won in their categories at the L.A. Times Book Prizes 2023 announced on Friday, April 17, 2024.   The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes were founded by Art Seidenbaum, a Los Angeles Times book editor from 1978 to 1985, in 1980. They are awarded annually…

  • Book Digest: Percival Everett, Efua Traore, Ayi Renaud Dossavi, Khadijetou Sall

    Book Digest: Percival Everett, Efua Traore, Ayi Renaud Dossavi, Khadijetou Sall

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Percival Everett, Efua Traore, Ayi Renaud Dossavi, and Khadejatou Sall. James by Percival Everett Publisher:  DoubledayDate:  March 19, 2024Genre:  FictionLanguage:  EnglishWhere to find it:  Penguin Random House Percival Everett Percival Everett is a Distinguished Professor of English at…

  • Guggenheim Fellows 2024 announced

    Guggenheim Fellows 2024 announced

    The Guggenheim Fellows 2024 were announced on Thursday, April 11, 2024. Here are the writers and poets of African descent on the list. Guggenheim Fellowships are grants awarded annually by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation to those “who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.” The fellowship…