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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Ghana: Isser Donates Books to Takoradi Technical University

[Ghanaian Times] The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), has donated books on various sectors of the Ghana economy to the Takoradi Technical University. (AllAfrica)

Angola: Joo Rosa Santos Launches New Book On Friday

[ANGOP] Luanda -The most recent literary success of Joo Rosa Santos, whose launch was initially scheduled for December 2018, is only publicly released on July 8 this year, in a ceremony to take place in the Association of Angolan Writers (UEA). (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Miguna Rains on Odinga's Parade With New Book

[Nation] Raila Odinga's hero-worshipping followers have just got one more reason to hate Miguna Miguna. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: The Story of an Alliance Between Two Poets - One Cuban, One South African

[The Conversation Africa] It's a little more than a year since the death of Keorapetse Kgositsile, South Africa's first post-apartheid poet laureate. Kgositsile, born in Johannesburg in 1938, became a prominent and vocal activist for the African National Congress (ANC). In 1961, at the behest of the ANC, he went into exile, initially to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and subsequently to the US where he became involved in the Black Arts Movement. (AllAfrica)

Southern Africa: The Story of the Enigmatic Man Who Founded Southern Africa's Largest Church

[The Conversation Africa] Every Easter weekend, several millions of Zion Christian Church (ZCC) faithful from across southern Africa descend on "Moria city", the church's capital in the north of the country, for their annual pilgrimage. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: How Absence of Government Support, Bleak Economy Make Nigerian Writers Live in Penury

[Guardian] A Nigerian writer who wants to live only on what his writings bring for him will die in poverty, because his writings will never bring enough for him to exist, writes GREGORY AUSTIN NWAKUNOR, Arts and Culture Editor (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Odinga Had Weak Knees Over Swearing-in, Miguna Book Says

[Capital FM] Nairobi -A year after the installation of Raila Odinga as the People's President, exiled Opposition activist Miguna Miguna has authored a book detailing intrigues surrounding the self-inauguration boycotted by coalition partners on January 30 last year. (AllAfrica)

Uganda: Uganda to Mark World Read Aloud Day

[Independent (Kampala)] Assist Community Initiatives Uganda (ACI) will this week join LitWorld to celebrate the World Read Aloud Day 2019 with two events in Kampala. The aim of the celebration is to promote literacy and the reading culture among children. (AllAfrica)

Mauritius: Two Books Launched Under the President's Fund for Creative Writing

[Government of Mauritius] Two books entitled "No Roses Without Thorns" by Bima Bappoo and "PEICH-O-KHAM" by Abeenaaz Janally was launched, yesterday, during a ceremony organised by the President's Fund for Creative Writing (PFCW), under the aegis of the Ministry of Arts and Culture, at Le Voila Hotel, Bagatelle. (AllAfrica)

Africa: New Book Aims to be Primer for Democracy

[Deutsche Welle] For most experts, it is a given that lack of democracy stunts economic growth. But how can sustainable democracies be ensured throughout Africa? A new book by several African authors has some useful pointers. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Books Paint Contrasting Pictures of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

[The Conversation Africa] Writings on South African liberation struggle icon Winnie Mandela almost all fall into one of two categories - either hagiography or demonology. These two books - Truth, Lies and Alibis. A Winnie Mandela Story, by Fred Bridgland and Sisonke Msimang's The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela. A Biography of Survival, try to be more nuanced. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Is Love an Embarrassment?

[IPS] Stockholm / Rome -I do not understand a word of Persian and cannot determine whether these lines, taken from a German translation, are a correct interpretation of Muhammad Hāfez-e-Shīrāzī´s original poem. Nevertheless, Hāfez, who lived 1315-1390 CE, was apparently one of those great writers able to provide bemused couples with points of reference after being struck by the tumultuous sensation of passionate love. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Decolonising Literary Studies Requires Ditching Finality and Certainty

[The Conversation Africa] Decolonising literary studies isn't simply a matter of relieving the symptoms, substituting this author for that or setting up a new canon in place of the old. The challenge is to address the chronic underlying condition by thinking beyond the guiding assumptions and aspirations of any colonial-era curriculum. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Americanah, Things Fall Apart, Make Obama's Favourite 2018 Book List

[Vanguard] Talking about books, there are certain qualities that come to play. It is not just about the cover, the contents and messages therein that distinguish real books from ordinary books. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: Workshop Discussing Digitizing of African Public Libraries Underway in Addis Ababa

[ENA] Addis Ababa -A two-day workshop aimed at understanding the challenges faced across the African continent to access digital information opened at Ethiopian National Archives and Library Agency (ENALA) hall today. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: By the Book - Margaret Muthee

[Nation] Margaret Muthee is a journalist by profession and a creative writer. She is the author of A Season for Mending, a short story collection e-book published by Bahati Books. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Govt Agency Warns on Textbooks With Misleading Content

[Nairobi News] The Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) has assured parents that all the textbooks for the new system of education meet the requirements. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: GAW Holds Literary Cultural Event

[Ghanaian Times] The Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) on Sunday held a literary cultural event, in Accra, for authors to read excerpts from their books published last year. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: 'I Have Always Loved to Be a Writer'

[Guardian] Ernest Bhabor is an award winning filmmaker and one of the pioneers of the Nigerian film industry. He is a founding member of both the Writers Guild of Nigeria (WGN), and the Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN). He is a product of the University of Ibadan; the British Film Council, the Lagos Film Institute and the Directors Guild of Nigeria Training Program. He is also a member of the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF), the Brooklyn Community Television (BCAT) Community of Producers, the B (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Publisher Stephen Johnson Dies

[News24Wire] Former publisher and managing director of Exclusive Books, Stephen Johnson has died. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Anena's Poetry Wins Wole Soyinka Prize

[East African] Ugandan journalist, poet and fiction writer Harriet Anena says her award-winning book A Nation In Labour: A Poetry Collection was influenced by her experience of the Lord's Resistance Army war in northern Uganda. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Rainbow Spreads Joy of Reading At Christmas

[Guardian] In the spirit of Christmas, the Rainbow Book Club is calling out to the public to join hands with it to plant seed libraries in indigent communities, through its book donation drive. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: 11-Year Old Author to Have 2 Books Published in 2019

[News24Wire] An 11-year-old Johannesburg author is looking forward to having not one - but two - of her books published in 2019. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Book On Social Relations and Human Rights Devt in Nigeria Unveiled

[Vanguard] The respect for human rights as one of the yardsticks to establish a robust relationship between the police and members of the public was emphasised at the book launch of Inspector Dan Babalola. Inspector Babalola, a policeman attached to the SCIID, Panti launched his book, Social Relations and Human Rights Development in Nigeria in Lagos at the weekend. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Anti-Graft Agency Probes Sh10bn Books Scam

[Nation] Top Ministry of Education officials are under investigation over irregularities in the procurement of textbooks worth Sh10 billion for public schools. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Libraries Will Not Die, They Are Here to Stay

[Nation] The library was supposed to be dead by now, at best belly-up and writhing like an upturned beetle, or teetering on the edge of a fast cliff. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Folktales Vividly Re-Imagined in Performances, Book

[Nation] Hadithi Hadithi, Hadithi Njoo! (Story Story, Story Come!) is a common refrain that rang out in homes and classrooms all over Kenya in the prior to the nineties. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Two Books On Mugabe's Fall and Mnangagwa's Rise

[The Conversation Africa] Penguin Books has released two books by Zimbabwean journalists in time to celebrate the first anniversary of the coup that finally put Robert Mugabe's ruinous reign to an end. These are Ray Ndlovu's In the Jaws of the Crocodile: Emmerson Mnangagwa's Rise to Power in Zimbabwe and The Graceless Fall of Robert Mugabe: The End of a Dictator's Reign by Geoffrey Nyarota. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Faith in Turbulent Times - a Priest's Autobiography of Life Under Apartheid

[The Conversation Africa] The argument has dragged on long enough about who should take the credit for bringing South Africa's apartheid regime to an end. Of course, some will immediately respond by saying that apartheid has not yet been defeated - it still lives on in innumerable ways. But at least the regime that promulgated the legislation and promoted the ideology has been defeated, whatever remnants remain. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Africa's Must-Read Books of 2018

[African Arguments] This year was full of spectacular fiction, spine-tingling poetry and hard-hitting non-fiction from Africa. Here is some of the best. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Jonathan's Book and Litany of Omissions

[Guardian] Nigeria's immediate ex-president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan recently gathered the crme la crme of the society; within and beyond the shores of the nation for the launch of his book, My Transition Hours. Personalities including President Muhammadu Buhari answered roll calls either in person or represented. Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo alongside his Ghanaian, Benin Republic and Sierra Leone counterparts; John Mahama, Boni Yayi and Ernest Bai Koroma respectively personally graced th (AllAfrica)

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