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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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)


Southern Africa: 'The Night Trains' - a Masterly Study Into Southern Africa's Murderous Migrant System

[The Conversation Africa] It would be a truism to say that the functions of trains in modern history have been diverse and multifarious. Steam engines were drivers of the British industrial revolution, and the motors of internal westward expansion in North America. Railways were instruments of imperial expansion, as exemplified in Cecil Rhodes' Cape-to-Cairo fantasy, and instruments of extermination, carrying Holocaust victims to their awful fate. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Why Dads Matter - How Connection and Reading Can Make a Difference

[Nal'ibali] This June Nal'ibali -- the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign -- is focussing on fathers and father-figures and the powerful role men can play in their children's lives, simply by reading and spending time with them. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Positive Father Figures Raise Bright Children

[Nal'ibali] A father figure's interest in his child's education -- which is the time spent on their homework and schooling -- is vital in determining his or her academic achievements. It can also outweigh the negative impact of racism and poverty in a young person's life. Further, the amount of time a father figure spends reading with his children is one of the best ways of predicting how well the children will read and write in the future. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: How Dads Can Make a Real Difference, Simply By Sharing a Story

[Nal'ibali] This June Nal'ibali -- the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign -- is focussing on fathers and father-figures, and the powerful role men can play in their children's lives, simply by reading and spending time with them. (AllAfrica)


Africa: Nigerian Wins Top Commonwealth Africa Prize for Short Stories

[East African] Nigerian author Innocent Chizaram Ilo, 23, won the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize (Africa), the Commonwealth Foundation announced on June 1. (AllAfrica)


Africa: Knowing Our Past to Inform a Better Future

[allAfrica] With abundant resources, a burgeoning youth population, and growing attractiveness to industry and investors, Africa is positioned to undergo dynamic change in the decades ahead. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Oil Industry Receives Boost With Book On Jargons

[This Day] The oil and gas industry has been strengthened and elevated with simplified vocabulary with the launch of a new book entitled, 'The Language of Oil & Gas.' (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Netflix, Mo Abudu Partner for Movie Adaptation of Soyinka, Shoneyin's Books

[Premium Times] Netflix and Nigerian media entrepreneur, Mo Abudu, have entered into a multi-title partnership that will continue growing the company's investment in Nigerian content. Under this partnership, Ms Abudu, through her production company, EbonyLife, will create two Netflix Original series, as well as multiple Netflix, branded films and a series that have been licensed to the service. (AllAfrica)


Africa: African Crime and Detective Fiction Reshapes the Genre

[The Conversation Africa] Crime and detective fiction continues to top bestseller lists across the world, spawning TV series and films. In the hands of African writers, though, the genre offers a particularly textured world view. (AllAfrica)


Angola: 2020 Children Literature Prize Cancelled Over Plagiarism

[ANGOP] Luanda -The National Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries (INICC) Tuesday here announced the cancellation of the Children's Book Garden Award 2020, after it detected plagiarism in the winning work "A Kandengue do Golungo" written by Cirineu André Francisco. (AllAfrica)


Ethiopia: Ethiopia's Mobile Camel Libraries Keep Children From Forced Labour

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Keeping children learning while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic is seen as key (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Nigerian Writer Wins German Literature Award

[Premium Times] A Nigerian author, Chigozie Obioma, has won the 2020 Internationaler Literaturpreis Award through the German translation of his second novel, 'An Orchestra of Minorities'. (AllAfrica)


Uganda: Books - Stella Nyanzi Tells of Prison Life in Collection of Poems

[East African] Ugandan Stella Nyanzi is a renowned medical anthropologist, feminist, queer rights activist, and scholar of sexuality, family planning and public health. She is also a leading authority in African queer studies and rights. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Nigeria's Queer Literature Offers a New Way of Looking At Blackness

[The Conversation Africa] Queering the Black Atlantic: Transgender Spaces in Akwaeke Emezi's Freshwater is a paper by Rocío Cobo-Piñero. It considers Emezi's award-winning semi-autobiographical novel about Ada, who is an ogbanje, a spirit born in a human body. It uses the novel to suggest ways in which emerging African queer literature could disrupt traditional, heterosexist readings of the world. The paper specifically addresses Paul Gilroy's 1993 text The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. Aretha Ph (AllAfrica)


Angola: Libraries to Reopen in July

[ANGOP] Luanda -After 59 days of closure, within the scope of the State of Emergency decreed by the President of the Republic, libraries, digital libraries and cinemas will reopen on July 13. (AllAfrica)


Namibia: Popya - Shikulo Publishes 'The Bitterness of Life'

[New Era] Novelist, scriptwriter and motivational speaker Johannes Shikulo released his second book, entitled 'The bitterness of life'. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Nal'ibali and Clowns Without Borders Connect Children to Libraries Through Laughter

[Nal'ibali] Children learn best when they are happy. This is why Nal'ibali, South Africa's reading-for-enjoyment-campaign, and Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA) have partnered for the second year in a row to tour their libraries roadshow aimed at building literacy bridges between schools and libraries. (AllAfrica)


Ghana: 'My Pocket Book of Laughter' Launched

[Ghanaian Times] Ebenezer Okrah, a former television presenter, on Thursday launched his second book in Accra with the aim of offering Ghanaians a stress-free life. (AllAfrica)


Gambia: Gambia National Library Receive a Donation of New Books, in Anticipation of Extending Services to Regions

[Foroyaa] The Gambia National Library Chairperson has received a donation of new books and 2 computers from 'Karpowership' Company at a presentation held at the Gambia National Library's Brikama branch on Friday February 28th 2020, in preparation of extending library services to regions throughout the Gambia. (AllAfrica)


Kenya: Veteran's Book on Self-Defence Handy in Era of Muggers

[Nation] First published in 2006, the book Defending yourself -- Keep fit techniques to ward-off attackers is a handy guide to basic self-defence techniques. (AllAfrica)


Rwanda: Linda Melvern's New Book Exposes Patterns of Genocide Denial

[New Times] British journalist Linda Melvern who last April told The New Times that Genocide denial is everywhere and has to be challenged has published a new book on how masterminds of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi and their supporters continue to deny the atrocities. (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe: Firm Backs First Lady's Education Drive, Donates Books to Angel of Hope

[The Herald] The business community is continuing to support the Angel of Hope Foundation to transform people's lives and yesterday availed an assortment of textbooks that will benefit learners from Early Childhood Development (ECD) to tertiary education. (AllAfrica)


Zimbabwe: Tsvangirai's Book Ready for Publishing,'The Unknown to Be Revealed'

[263Chat] Former Prime minister and opposition MDC President, Morgan Tsvangirai's spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka (LT), who served him for 10 years speaks to our reporter Shorai Murwira (SM), on the upcoming book which was wrote by the late party leader and now in the hands of the publishers. Below are the excepts from the interview. (AllAfrica)


Namibia: 'Mama Penee' - a Tale of Genocide and Survival to Be Launched At NAGN Tomorrow

[Namibian] JAHOROR Petronella Inaavinuise, who came to be known as Mama Penee, was a young girl of 11 when her parents were shot in cold blood before her during the 1904 - 1908 genocidal war in Namibia. (AllAfrica)


Sudan: Book Launched On Nuba Mountains Language Katulissi

[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -A book about the Katulissi language, one of the languages spoken in the Nuba Mountains, has been launched in Khartoum yesterday as part of the celebrations of International Mother Language Day. Katulissi is a language that has just recently been put into writing. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: New Books | Beyond the Periphery of the Skin

[New Frame] Silvia Federici expands on her analysis in Caliban and the Witch, exploring how the body is central to the reproduction of capitalism but also to anti-capitalist resistance. (AllAfrica)


Gambia: Solicitor General Challenges Lawyers to Write Books

[Foroyaa] Cherno Marena, Gambia's Solicitor General has called on lawyers to put their knowledge and experience into writing for the use of the university and law school. (AllAfrica)


Kenya: Longhorn Publishers Recalls Grade 2 Book Which Asks Pupils to 'Kill Themselves'

[Nairobi News] Longhorn Publishers has recalled and apologised for using terms that might cause pupils to commit suicide. (AllAfrica)


Liberia: KEEP to Establish Two Reading Rooms in Nimba County

[New Dawn] The Executive Director of the Kids' Educational Engagement Project (KEEP) has disclosed plan for the establishment of two reading rooms (mini-libraries) in Nimba County. (AllAfrica)


Uganda: 4,000 Schools to Miss Books On New Curriculum

[Monitor] About 4,000 secondary schools will miss new textbooks as government rolls out the revised curriculum on Monday. (AllAfrica)


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