Monthly Archives: November 2013

Debut Short Story from Primrose C. Dzenga

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Those who have read her work will remember her debut poetry collection, Destiny in Her Hands, and the award-winning book Auxillia Chimusoro: The Unsung Heroine. She has also been active in the Harare poetry scene, performing on stages that have featured poets like Musaemura Zimunya, Batsirai Chigama, Memory Chirere and others. She is a dynamic literary voice from Zimbabwe. Primrose C.…

Golden Baobab Prizes 2013 Winners

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Accra, Ghana, November 13, 2013: The winners of the 2013 Golden Baobab Prizes have been announced. They are as follows: Liza Esterhuyse from South Africa, who wins the Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books with her story, The Little Hippo. Karen Hurt, also from South Africa, who wins the Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter…

In Conversation: NoViolet Bulawayo and Chinelo Okparanta

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We present a conversation between NoViolet Bulawayo and Chinelo Okparanta, two of the most talented writers of our time. The focus of the interview is on Okparanta’s debut short story collection, Happiness, Like Water, but the writers cover other topics as well: food, the creative process, literary awards, multiple identities, and future writing projects. Bulawayo’s questions are thoughtful and engaging, and…

Bwesigye on Afropolitanism and Habila’s Review of Bulawayo’s Novel

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By Brian Bwesigye It is now a trend, that any story out of Africa that deals with deprivation, misrule and suffering is met with loud outcries of poverty-porn from a group of Africans Taiye Selasi defined as Afropolitans. Writing in Lip Magazine in 2005, Taiye described Afropolitans as “the newest generation of African emigrants … (known by a)…

Robin Becker’s Eighth Poetry Collection Vivid and Illuminating

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Pittsburgh, PA: Robin Becker’s forthcoming collection of poetry, Tiger Heron, is brimming with keen observations and vivid descriptions. She “looks straight at the failures of our human species, yet never loses her compassion or reduces the complexities and paradoxes to easy conclusions,” said award-winning poet Ellen Bass. “Deftly, precisely, these poems express their wisdom in…

Golden Baobab Prizes Shortlist 2013 Now Out

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Accra, Ghana, November 1, 2013: 180 stories were submitted to this year’s Golden Baobab Prizes. Of these, 25 made it onto the longlist and 8 to the shortlist. The 8 shortlisted stories are: The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books The Princess with a Golden Voice by Philip Begho (Nigeria) The Little Hippo by Liza…