African and Caribbean Literature

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Unburnable by Marie Elena-John

Antiguan-born, Marie Elena-John weaves together West Indian history, African culture, and American sensibilities in her debut novel, "Unburnable."


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Rwanda:A Book That Helps Explain What Is Happening in Rwanda and Why

[New Times] In 2012, the World Values Survey asked the inhabitants of the land of a thousand hills a crucial question: "Do you think that if they had the opportunity, some Rwandans would try to commit a new genocide?" The reply disappointed the Office of the President, because 40 percent of those questioned in the reconciliation barometer answered "yes". (AllAfrica)


Sudan:Book On Culture Overlapping Between Sudan and Italy Inaugurated

[SNA] Khartoum -The book on the culture overlap and cooperation between the Sudan and Italy, prepared by the lecturer of Cultural Relations at the University of Venice Prof. Valeria Tonioli, and titled "Intercultural and Cultural Cooperation between the Sudanese and Italians, has been inaugurated, Tuesday, at the Italian embassy in Khartoum. (AllAfrica)


Gambia:Gambian Blogger Becomes Amazon USA Bestseller

[The Point] Ebrima Sawaneh, a young Gambian blogger who recently published a book on professional examination tips has become an Amazon international bestseller. (AllAfrica)


Gambia:Tijaan Kamara to Launch Book

[The Point] Veteran Gambian fine artist, cultural administrator and dramatist, Tijaan Kamara will launch his first book titled "WOLLOF MARRIAGE: narrative and interpretation of motives" (Daaraji Publishers) at the National Museum grounds in Banjul on 29 November. (AllAfrica)


Angola:Diplomat Releases Book in Portugal

[ANGOP] Lisbon -The Angolan general consul to New York, Adão Pinto, last Friday in Lisbon, Portugal, had his book presented to the public by the the Union of Cities and Capitals of Portuguese Language (UCCLA), a literary work put out by the Mercado de Letras publishers. (AllAfrica)


South Africa:Dare Not Linger - the Presidential Years By Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa

[Guardian] This book is conceived as a sequel, follow up to A LONG WALK TO FREEDOM, not just because the title is taken from the last page of that book, but also the crying need to close the Nelson Mandela account as rendered by him. But Mandela was not able to complete the book. What he wrote and the notes he made towards completing the book provided my friend Mandla Langa with ammunition to complete the book. Graça Machel, widow of Nelson Mandela provides a prologue to the book. (AllAfrica)


Ethiopia:Tablets Use to Access Reading Materials

[Ethiopian Herald] Lack of books or other reading materials is a common problem for most African countries. Ethiopia is not exception in this regard. What is more, inadequate internet infrastructural provision or service interruption as well is hindrance to access reading materials in most African countries. (AllAfrica)


Malawi:Youths to Revive Reading Culture - Barefoot Readers

[Malawi News Agency] Lilongwe -As one way of promoting reading culture in Malawi, a Lilongwe based Barefoot Readers Initiative has started a project through a voluntary group to revive a reading culture among the youth. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria:Accolades As Adimora-Ezeigbo Launches Biography, Life and Literature

[Guardian] Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State, recently hosted a galaxy of Nigerian academia and literati at the celebration of Africa's literary Amazon and feminist theorist, Prof. Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo, to the launching of her biography, Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo: Life and Literature, written by Ezechi Onyerionwu. The event was organised by the Faculty of Humanities, FUNAI. (AllAfrica)


South Africa:Pauw Anticipates Second Wave of Action to Clamp Down On His Book

[News24Wire] Author and investigative journalist Jacques Pauw says that for about 10 days, some of those who have threatened legal action against him have been silent, but he thinks this is because they are coming up with new strategies on how next to confront him. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria:N70 Million Raised From Book On Emir Sanusi's Grandfather

[Daily Trust] Kano -Over N70 million, with the highest contribution of N10 million from Alhaji Aliko Dangote, was realized at a book presentation titled, 'Power and Piety Life and Legacy of Sir Muhammadu Sanusi I, in Kano. The book is on the life of Sir Muhammadu Sanusi I, the grandfather of the Emir of Kano Muhammadu Sanusi II. (AllAfrica)


Liberia:Journalist MAE Azango, Albert Porte Honored in New Book On Investigative Journalism in Africa

[FrontPageAfrica] Johannesburg -FrontPageAfrica reporter Mae Azango and the pioneer of activism in Liberia the late Albert Porte are among scores of African journalists and campaigners captured in a new book promoting investigative journalism in Africa--"African Muckraking"--launched Thursday at an investigative journalism conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. (AllAfrica)


South Africa:Deputy President Reading Controversial Zuma Book

[News24Wire] Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has told Parliament that he is reading veteran journalist Jacques Pauw's book, The President's Keepers . (AllAfrica)


South Africa:Pauw Book Has Done a Service to the Country - Let's Have It Free Online

[Daily Maverick] There is a very simple way the publishers of The President's Keepers can stop the illegal download of the .pdf version: make the version legal. They should have done so from the start. (AllAfrica)


Africa:How a Young Ernest Hemingway Dealt With His First Taste of Fame

[The Conversation Africa] When he published "The Sun Also Rises" in 1926, Ernest Hemingway was well-known among the expatriate literati of Paris and to cosmopolitan literary circles in New York and Chicago. But it was "A Farewell to Arms," published in October 1929, that made him a celebrity. (AllAfrica)


Liberia:UL Receives Huge Consignment of Books

[Observer] A large consignment of textbooks on various academic subjects was received last Friday by the University of Liberia (UL). The books include the latest editions of textbooks on law, political, social and natural sciences and English literature. (AllAfrica)


South Africa:Defiant President Zuma Mocks Books Written About Him

[News24Wire] President Jacob Zuma mocked books which had been written about him as well as MPs' reading habits when he addressed the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Thursday afternoon. (AllAfrica)


South Africa:Jacques Pauw 'Potential' SSA Witness

[News24Wire] The South African Security Agency (SSA) is considering using investigative journalist and author Jacques Pauw as a witness, attorney Willem de Klerk told News24 on Thursday. (AllAfrica)


South Africa:Truth Will Prevail - Gordhan Says At Pauw Book Launch

[News24Wire] Former finance minister Pravin Gordhan on Thursday evening said that while it was not up to him to test the veracity of the allegations in Jacques Pauw's book The President's Keepers , the truth would prevail. (AllAfrica)


South Africa:Security Agency Tries to Gag Book on President Zuma Again

[News24Wire] The State Security Agency has sent yet another cease and desist letter to get The Presidents Keepers withdrawn from bookshelves, but this time the letter was sent to its title editor Russel Martin. (AllAfrica)


South Africa:Power Outage During Jacques Pauw's Book Launch Being Investigated - Exclusive Books

[News24Wire] It is still unclear whether the power outage during the launch of Jacques Pauw's book, The President's Keepers , was caused by a technical failure or if it was an attempt to silence him, event hosts Exclusive Books said on Thursday. (AllAfrica)


South Africa:Police Unit Probes Leak of Classified Intel Used in 'The President's Keepers' Book

[News24Wire] The Hawks have confirmed that they are investigating the leak of classified information that ended up being published in Jacques Pauw's book The President's Keepers. (AllAfrica)


South Africa:Two Books That Tell the Unsettling Tale of South Africa's Descent

[The Conversation Africa] South Africa has produced two must-read thrillers in the past week. They are non-fiction, yet are as gripping and readable as any page-turner. (AllAfrica)


South Africa:Book Extract - a Simple Man - Kasrils and the Zuma Enigma

[Daily Maverick] In his latest book, A Simple Man: Kasrils and the Zuma enigma, RONNIE KASRILS, former head of intelligence for Umkhonto weSizwe and senior member of the ANC and SACP attempts to address a question he is repeatedly asked: How did Jacob Zuma, the freedom fighter, a man of the people, transform into a corrupt and disreputable figure? In this extract he reflects on a debate about Zuma at the SACP headquarters in July 2005. (AllAfrica)


Africa:Five African Authors Part of the International Dublin Literary Award 2018 Longlist

[This is Africa] Five African authors have been nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award. The award comes with a cash prize of ?100,000. The shortlist will be announced in April 2018 and the winner will be announced on the 13th of June, 2018. (AllAfrica)


South Africa:Letter to the Editor - Moralising Hullaballoo Around Circulation of 'The President's Keepers' Is Misplaced

[Daily Maverick] There was an outcry on South African social media on Saturday 4 November when a PDF version of investigative journalist Jacques Pauw's book The President's Keepers began being circulated online and via WhatsApp. A number of prominent media, academic and other South African personalities took to social media to criticise the sharing of this file as "theft", "stealing", "immoral" and "pirating". At best, none of those assertions reflect the nuanced complexities around copyright and the public good. At worst, (AllAfrica)


Angola:Angolan Writer Releases Book in U.S.

[ANGOP] New York -The Angolan writer, Humberto Solano Costa, released in Florida (US) his first literary work, a novel entitled "Talita e Victor Miguel". (AllAfrica)


South Africa:Threats Against Exposé Author Signify Zuma's Desperation

[Daily Maverick] From the moment it became clear the ANC's leadership race was going to be between Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramphosa, it was known that the intelligence services would play an oversized role. They were present in Polokwane and Mangaung - and now they are even more firmly under the thumb of President Jacob Zuma. On Friday, the SARS threat of action against Jacques Pauw was quickly followed by the State Security Agency's demand that the The President's Keepers be withdrawn. The first (AllAfrica)


South Africa:The Public Need to Be Made Aware of Jacques Pauw's Grave Allegations - SACP

[Daily Maverick] Threats to ban Jacques Pauw's book, The President's Keepers, and concoct charges against leaders of the Communist Party are a serious cause for concern. By SACP's ALEX MOHUBETSWANE MASHILO. (AllAfrica)


South Africa:Author Not Intimidated by Revenue Service, Security Agency

[News24Wire] Investigative journalist Jacques Pauw is not shocked that his latest exposé about President Jacob Zuma's alleged shady dealings is facing court action; only that it took so long, he said on Friday. (AllAfrica)


Africa:Recent Books Read & Recommended

[AfricaFocus] As with other publications largely focused on current events, AfricaFocus Bulletin is confronted with an exponentially increasing bombardment of daily news. My approach as the editor is to select a particular topic of interest, sometimes highlighted in the news and sometimes not, and try to put it into context for readers with excerpts from the most relevant sources. But I also find it essential to try to step back and refresh my understanding of the wider context. For that, I find I must turn to books. (AllAfrica)


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