• Yepoka Yeebo wins UK’s Jhalak Prize 2024

    Yepoka Yeebo wins UK’s Jhalak Prize 2024

    Yepoka Yeebo was announced as the UK’s Jhalak Prize winner in London, UK on Thursday, May 30, 2024. The Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour is an annual literary prize awarded to British or British-resident BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) writers created by writers Sunny Singh and Nikesh…

  • 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…

  • Chukwuebuka Ibeh on Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2024 shortlist

    Chukwuebuka Ibeh on Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2024 shortlist

    Chukwuebuka Ibeh made the shortlist for the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2024 announced on Thursday, May 30, 2024. The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize is an international prize that supports and celebrates the best adventure writing today. The prize first awarded in 2016 named after South African novelist Wilbur Smith and open to writers…

  • Diana Evans to headline Africa Writes Exeter 2024

    Diana Evans to headline Africa Writes Exeter 2024

    Diana Evans is the headline act at Africa Writes Exeter 2024 which runs in Exeter, UK from June 7 – 9, 2024. Africa Writes, a program of the Royal African Society, is the UK’s leading platform celebrating the best contemporary African writing. Since 2012, they have hosted literary festivals in London and Bristol. As part…

  • Book Digest: Sarah Haluwa, Erhu Kome, A.H. Cunningham, ‘Pemi Aguda

    Book Digest: Sarah Haluwa, Erhu Kome, A.H. Cunningham, ‘Pemi Aguda

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Sarah Haluwa, Erhu Kome, A.H. Cunningham, and ‘Pemi Aguda. Sinners by Sarah Haluwa Publisher:  IndependentDate:  2024Genre:  FictionLanguage:  EnglishWhere to find it:  Nuria Sarah Haluwa Nairobi, Kenya-based Sarah Haluwa is a former newspaper columnist and award-winning children’s book writer.…

  • Reena, Portia Subran win Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2024

    Reena, Portia Subran win Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2024

    Reena (Africa) and Portia Subran (Caribbean) won in their regions at the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2024 on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English in the regions of Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. Each of…

  • Caribbean Literature Day 2024 for July 12

    Caribbean Literature Day 2024 for July 12

    The Caribbean Literature Day 2024 is set to be marked for the fifth year across the Caribbean on Friday, July 12, 2024. In 2020, the House of Nehesi Publishers announced the new Caribbean Literature Day to be hosted on July 12. The day was chosen for when Spanish Franciscan priest and bishop of Yucatán, Diego…

  • Hargeysa International Book Fair 2024 for July

    Hargeysa International Book Fair 2024 for July

    The Hargeysa International Book Fair 2024, the seventeenth edition, will be in hosted in Somaliland from July 20 – 25, 2024. The Hargeysa International Book Fair was hosted in Hargeisa, Somaliland in 2008. Since then, it has become the biggest literary extravaganza on the Horn of Africa and one of the biggest on the continent.…

  • Kagiso Lesego Molope thrown out of Canadian gala over Palestine

    Kagiso Lesego Molope thrown out of Canadian gala over Palestine

    Kagiso Lesego Molope was thrown out of the Politics and the Pen Writers’ Trust Gala in Ottawa, Canada over her remarks on the Palestine genocide on May 7, 2024. Kagiso Lesego Molope is not a new name for anyone who follows the African literary space. The South African currently based in Canada is the author…

  • Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize 2024 shortlist announced

    Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize 2024 shortlist announced

    The shortlist for the Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize 2024 was announced on Thursday, May 23, 2024. The Oxford-Weidenfeld Prize is for book-length literary translations into English from any living European language. It aims to honour the translation craft and recognise its cultural importance. It was founded by Lord Weidenfeld and is supported by New College, The…

  • CANEX Prize for Publishing in Africa seeks entries

    CANEX Prize for Publishing in Africa seeks entries

    The new CANEX Prize for Publishing in Africa, a partnership between the CANEX Book Factory and the Narrative Landscape Press, seeks entries. The announcement was made on Wednesday, May 21, 2024. African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is a Pan-African multilateral financial institution mandated to finance, facilitate and promote intra and extra-African trade. Having recognized the relevance…

  • 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…

  • 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…