African and Caribbean Literature

Articles : African and Caribbean Literature

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."

News : African and Caribbean Literature

Kenya: Nairobi International Book Fair to Be Held Virtually

[Nation] Sorry booklover, your favourite annual book event will be held virtually this year. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Yusufu Bala Usman Institute Publishes Three Books for Bala Usman's 15th Memorial Anniversary

[This Day] The Yusufu Bala Usman Institute is commemorating the 15 th Memorial Anniversary of this noted historian and committed patriot by celebrating his life and his brilliant intellectual work as contained in three of his most important books which are being presented to the public in new editions. The ideas contained in these works are, if possible, even more relevant today than when they were first written, and they comprise an invaluable legacy for present and future generations. (AllAfrica)

Africa: New Books | a People's History of Tennis

[New Frame] David Berry delves into the hidden history of the struggles around gender, race and class experienced by those wanting to play - and transform - the sport. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Student Entrepreneur's Digital Library Helps Children to Read

[UCT] Competing in the 2020 Entrepreneurship Intervarsity competition, University of Cape Town (UCT) student Qhawe Bula and his team have developed a unique digital library comprising a series of read-along children's audiobooks written in South Africa's 11 official languages. This in an effort to change the way young children view literature and language, and to encourage a culture of reading. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Ex-Liberian Foreign Minister Launches New Book

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- Former Liberian Foreign Affairs Minister has underscored the need for the promotion of literacy among citizens, particularly students at the primary level, to ensure the speedy progress of the Liberian society. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Booker Prize-Nominated Author Dangarembga Bemoans Low Reading Culture

[263Chat] The environment and reading culture in Zimbabwe is not firm enough to support professional fiction writers with the declining standard of education in the country dealing a heavy blow on both writers and readers, Booker Prize-shortlisted writer, Tsitsi Dangarembga has bemoaned. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Remembering Nobel Winner Toni Morrison

[Nation] August 5, 2020 marked the first anniversary of the death of the great American Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, editor, essayist and university literature professor Toni Morrison. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Intellectuals Must Strive to Redefine African Literature

[Nation] Since the colonial times, the question of what really constitutes literature that can be collectively referred to as "African Literature" has often been problematic, raising more questions than answers. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Remembering Achmat Dangor, the South African Novelist Who Redefined Identity

[The Conversation Africa] In his 71 years, Achmat Dangor was many things to many people, both in South Africa and across the world. He was a lifelong activist and social justice advocate. He was once banned for his political activities in resistance to apartheid. He was a cultural leader at the centre of the Congress of South African Writers, a tireless development organiser and, for six years, the chief executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. For me, he was above all an extraordinary novelist and poet who expanded how I think. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Why Ngugi Should Have Rejected Catalonia Prize

[Nation] Immediately after Kenya's foremost writer, scholar, translator and essayist - Ngugi wa Thiong'o - gave an acceptance speech (in Gikuyu), after being honoured as the 31st recipient of the Catalonia International Prize, for his daring and distinguished literary work and defence of African languages on Thursday 3, 2020, his son, Dr Mukoma wa Ngugi tweeted: "Baba just gave his International Catalonia Lit Prize acceptance speech in Gikuyu! And before the anti-African language corner says anything, would yo (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Tsitsi Dangarembga Shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize

[263Chat] Internationally-acclaimed and award-winning novelist and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga has been shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize for Fiction for her latest literary work, The Mournable Body. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: The World's First Illustrated Christian Bible Is in Ethiopia, and Was Handwritten in a Day

[Ethiopian Herald] If you are to ever make it to the Abuna Garima Monastery in Ethiopia's Tigrai Highlands, you would find a book that is highly revered by local monks and believed to be one of the Christian world's oldest and most exquisite treasures. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: New Books | Rock, Water, Life

[New Frame] Interweaving her personal story with the country's history of dispossession, Lesley Green interrogates the connection between ecology and economy. (AllAfrica)

East Africa: Noir Books Depict East African Cities

[New Frame] Two new short-story collections explore the darkness, disorder and chaos of Nairobi and Addis Ababa, as writers attempt to portray the haunting underbelly of those vibrant cities. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Lauren Beukes On What Comes After Catastrophe

[New Frame] The South African writer's timely new novel, Afterland, is not the story of a global pandemic. It's about what happens afterwards. (AllAfrica)

Africa: The Ties That Bind India and Africa Through Fabric

[AfricaFocus] The new book Common Threads (along with an accompanying video, both open access), explores the ties that bind India and Africa through the material medium of cloth, from antiquity to the present. Cloth made in India has been sold across African markets for millennia, by Indian, African, and European traders. ... Most significantly, it highlights the role of African consumers in defining the evolution of these genres of fabric, and the centrality of people-to-people connections in sustaining the continued c (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: When People Used to Be Only Numbers

[Ethiopian Herald] Part one (AllAfrica)

Gambia: PS Secka to Launch New Book Today

[The Point] After over five-months halt of activities in the creative society in The Gambia due to coronavirus pandemic, a new book authored by Mod A K Secka is finally set for launch today, 11th September, 2020. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Five Books That Are Magical

[Daily Trust] Loving books expands your knowledge Base and gives you pleasure. Having read many books, I still revel in books that gave me a sense of wonder when I was a young adult. Those books gave me a warm fuzzy feeling in my stomach and many years later, I still feel the same way just thinking about it. I am particularly enamoured of magical stories. You feel like you travelled to a new colourful country until you finish the book. Between the book covers, I tend to travel read. That out of body experience that make (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Book Reveals New, Surprising Nuggets About Nelson Mandela's Last Years in Jail

[The Conversation Africa] Twenty years ago the South African academic Jan-Ad Stemmet met the apartheid era justice minister Kobie Coetsee, who announced he had transcripts of 13,000 pages of recordings of Nelson Mandela's time in prison. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Local Folk Tale for Dubai Expo

[The Herald] The Dubai 2020 Expo has released its first edition of the new digital book called "Children's tales from around the world". (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Book Review | the Death of Vivek Oji

[New Frame] In their third novel, author Akwaeke Emezi uses a death to explore a life in Nigeria that was often confusing, displaced and frowned upon, but also filled with unexpected love. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: In New Book, Bello-Osagie Preaches Godly Parenting

[This Day] As the world grapples with uncertainties caused by COVID-19, Ramotu Bello-Osagie, a Nigerian author based in the United States, is offering hope in her new book 'Wake Up, Nations'. The spiritual book is part memoir, part spirituality. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Mnangagwa to Launch Africa Factbook

[The Herald] President Mnangagwa is expected to officially launch the Africa Factbook in Harare today. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: 'Caution' Saves the Day

[Ethiopian Herald] Years back, this young lady asks me to lend her a certain book. I did lend her. Back then I had this belief that saying "No;" to someone who asks for a book to read was being cruel. (I still believe encouraging people who have the love for reading is one of the most responsible things anyone can do. After losing many of me classic collection I have significantly cut back on this lending thing! Many people could be so irresponsible!) So, this young lady takes the book. Two weeks pass and there's no word fro (AllAfrica)

Africa: Medical Marijuana - a Clinical Handbook Brings the Science of Cannabis to Wider Audience and Describes Risks and Benefits of Cannabis-Based Medicines

[PR Newswire] New York -- Medical Marijuana: A Clinical HandbookBy Samoon Ahmad, M.D., and Kevin P. Hill, M.D., M.H.S.Publisher: Wolters KluwerPublication Date: September 9, 2020Price: $69.99ISBN: 9781975141899 (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Renowned Author David Mungoshi Laid to Rest in His Rural Home

[New Zimbabwe] Renowned author, poet and actor David Mungoshi was laid to rest on Saturday at a family grave site in his rural Manyene village, some 15 east of Chivhu. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Book Review - Femicide in South Africa

[New Frame] Nechama Brodie's book is a historically conscious study of gender-based violence and femicide that traces the lineage of the feminist vocabulary developed to speak about and combat the phenomenon. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Dear Dambudzo Marechera... the Letters Zimbabweans Wrote to a Literary Star

[The Conversation Africa] The writer Dambudzo Marechera, who died on 18 August 1987, remains a popular figure in Zimbabwe. He is heralded by a young generation as a radical and counter-culture figure. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: The South African Book Fair Is Around the Corner - Bookmark These Picks From the Virtual Programme

[Daily Maverick] From 11-13 September, transport yourself into a world of books and literature via your computer screen at the 2020 edition of the South African Book Fair. At the Reading List, we've scanned the extensive programme and bring you not-to-be-missed highlights. (AllAfrica)

Mali: Thirty-Five Years of Village Life in Mali

[African Arguments] In one neat volume Camilla Toulmin has documented the deepest historic change that humanity makes; the change from hand-to-mouth diurnal farming to modern agriculture. The book's story is told through 35 years of one Sahelian village in the north of Mali, Dlonguebougou - DBG as it is called. (AllAfrica)

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