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."


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Liberia: From Liberia With History and Magic

[East African] The chequered history of pre-modern Liberia is reimagined with in a magical style in She Would be King, a debut novel by Liberian-American Wayetu Moore. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Light Reading - Remembering Biko

[New Frame] By representing an intimate conversation between two friends in the struggle, an illustrator gets to imagine her heroes in action and contribute another small piece to history's record. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: New Books | the Biography of Onkgopotse Abram Tiro

[New Frame] Onkgopotse Abram Tiro, biographer Gaongalelwe Tiro's uncle, was the first South African freedom fighter the apartheid government pursued beyond the border and killed with a parcel bomb. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Success Story - the Art of Growth-Hacking a Bestseller

[Daily Maverick] How do you get your product to grow ridiculously big, ridiculously fast? You get a growth hacker to market it, using unconventional -- but highly effective -- stratagems. (AllAfrica)


Ghana: NaCCA Starts Assessing Newly Proposed Text Books for Basic Schools

[Ghanaian Times] The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) has begun a thorough assessments and scrutiny of the newly proposed text books for basic schools in the country. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Book Review - Period Pain

[The Journalist] In 2007, South African writer Kopano Matlwa burst onto the literary scene with the publication of her debut novel Coconut, which went on to win the European Union Literary Award. Spilt Milk was her second novel, which won the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in 2010. Our books editor, Kay-Dee Mashile, reviews Matlwa's latest novel, Period Pain, which was recently shortlisted for the Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. (AllAfrica)


Africa: New Book by Gabriel Williams Exposes Corruption in Liberia and Whole of Africa

[Trafford Publishing] Gabriel I.H. Williams returns to the publishing scene with the release of 'Corruption is Destroying Africa: The Case of Liberia' (AllAfrica)


South Africa: It Feels Like We're Characters Stuck in Kurt Vonnegut's Creative Writing 101 Class

[Daily Maverick] Every day brings another sadistic turn of the screw. But not all hope is lost. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Copyright Commission Goes Tough On Book Piracy

[Daily Trust] The Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) has issued a warning to schools to desist from patronising book pirates in order to curb the menace in the country. (AllAfrica)


Uganda: Femrite Produces Multi-Lingual Poetry Anthology

[East African] In a pioneering project, the Uganda Women Writers Association (Femrite) has published an anthology of poems in Ugandan languages and their translated versions in English by the respective poets. (AllAfrica)


Zambia: Books - Zambia Retold in Three Family Sagas

[East African] Three unrelated families over the course of two centuries and several countries tell the story of the making of Zambia. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Copyright Bill Will Make Cost of Studying Cheaper

[GroundUp] But bill has been waiting for the president to sign it into law since at least April (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Book Festival Ready to Rise On the Cape Flats

[News24Wire] Mitchells Plain in Cape Town will play host to the Cape Flats Book Festival, which runs from August 31 to September 1. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Author Responds After Kolisi Distances Himself From New Book

[News24Wire] Cape Town -Springbok captain Siya Kolisi has distanced himself from a new book written about his life and rugby career. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: The White People Who Spied During Apartheid

[The Conversation Africa] In his new book, "Betrayal: The Secret Lives of Apartheid Spies", award-winning journalist Jonathan Ancer explores why it is that spies spy. This interest, and this book, follow on the publication in 2017 of his acclaimed book, Spy. Uncovering Craig Williamson, which delved into the life and treachery of a single apartheid spy. (AllAfrica)


Africa: South Africa's Survival Guide to Climate Change

[New Frame] While changes to environmental policy on the national level happen at a glacial pace, cities can quickly implement positive strategies, if there is citizen buy-in. (AllAfrica)


Ethiopia: A Young Novelist Aims High

[Reporter] Mihret Adal Gidi is a young novelist based in Ethiopia. A student at the Kotebe University College, she recently authored her first book, 'Bleeding Hearts of a Butterfly'. Published by Austin Macauley Publishers based in London, Mihret dedicated her maiden book to her single mother, Dikitu Eshetu, who she says instilled in her the love of reading at a young age. She reflects with Samuel Getachew of The Reporter on the book, what inspired it and where she hopes the legacy of it would be. Excerpts: (AllAfrica)


Africa: UCT Student Wins Pan-African Writing Prize

[UCT] Resoketswe Manenzhe, a PhD student in the Centre for Minerals Research in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT), won first prize in the short story category at the recent Writivism Festival. (AllAfrica)


Ghana: MP for Ho Central Launches Book

[Ghanaian Times] Ho -THE Member of Parliament (MP) for Ho Central in the Volta Region, Benjamin Komla Kpodo has launched a book, 'Moving Ho Central Constituency Forward for More Development,' chronicling achievements in the constituency during his tenure of office. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: These Are the Things That Sit With Us - Voices From Bonteheuwel, Langa and Worcester

[Daily Maverick] 'These Are the Things that Sit with Us' records more than 60 stories that were documented in Bonteheuwel, Langa and Worcester as part of the 'Trauma, Memory, and Representations of the Past' research project that examined, through interviews, the immediate and intergenerational repercussions of historical trauma and traumatic memory in the context of post-apartheid South Africa. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: The Bosasa Billions - the Watsons and the Arson Charges

[Daily Maverick] In January 1987 Valence, Ronnie and Cheeky Watson went on trial for arson, fraud and attempted murder (of two employees who had been severely burnt) after their Port Elizabeth home burnt down. All three denied the charges. Gavin was not charged in the case, but he was questioned by the police. It was a trial unlike anything the Eastern Cape had ever seen. The public gallery was always packed with black supporters of the Watson brothers. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Olivia Forsyth - the Spy Who Never Came in From the Cold

[Daily Maverick] Olivia Forsyth, says Craig Williamson, will be remembered like Le Carré's little drummer girl: used, abused, chewed up by the espionage system and left as incidental detritus on the side of the political road, writes Jonathan Ancer in his new book, Betrayal, published by Tafelberg. (AllAfrica)


Malawi: Malawi Journalist Talks Mental Struggles in Music, Book

[Nyasa Times] Renowned Malawian arts journalist and blogger Harold Kapindu has released a music album depicting personal struggle with mental health related issues. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Education Dept Apologises After Backlash Over 'Sexy Reading' Tweets

[News24Wire] Department of Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga has issued an apology following a backlash about his series of "Read to Lead" tweets which, among other things, encourage "making reading sexy". (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Mathatha Tsedu's Autobiography Is Our Collective Story

[The Journalist] Media veteran Mathatha Tsedu is writing an autobiography detailing his life as a political activist and media warrior from his beginnings as a young boy who was born in rural Limpopo. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: Zelda La Grange - 'Afrikaners Don't Know Enough About Madiba'

[Daily Maverick] Zelda la Grange hopes her new six-part documentary will help some Afrikaans speakers understand Nelson Mandela not just as a one-dimensional reconciliatory icon who appeared in a Springbok cap and jersey at Ellis Park in 1995. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Travellers' Tells Migrants' Stories

[East African] Nigerian award-winning novelist, poet and journalist Helon Habila's latest novel Travellers is a rich mosaic of African migrant experiences. (AllAfrica)


Nigeria: Insecurity - Soyinka Calls for State of Emergency in South West

[Premium Times] Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has called for declaration of state of emergency due to the security challenges in the South West Zone. (AllAfrica)


Congo-Kinshasa: Ryan Gosling, John Prendergast and Fidel Bafilemba Donate Book Proceeds to Activists

[ENOUGH] Thirteen activists and NGOs profiled in the book " CONGO STORIES: Battling Five Centuries of Exploitation and Greed " for their heroic efforts in creating a better future for the Democratic Republic of Congo were awarded "Congo Stories Upstander Fund" grants. The book is co-authored by Enough Project Founding Director John Prendergast and Congolese activist Fidel Bafilemba, featuring photographs by Ryan Gosling. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: The Lottery-Funded Library With Empty Shelves

[GroundUp] Even though the National Lotteries Commission has pumped over R19.6 million into a library and museum complex to celebrate the life and work of one of Kuruman's most famous sons, there is very little other than a building to show for it. (AllAfrica)


South Africa: The Thread of Violent Light That Illuminates Crime Fiction

[Daily Maverick] It's through these stories that we make sense of ourselves in relation to concepts of good and evil. It's here that we generate empathy or anger as we understand what makes criminals tick. (AllAfrica)


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