October 6: African Literature and Publishing Platforms with Stanford University

From brick-and-mortar libraries to virtual magazines, cultural institutions provide vital infrastructure for the promotion of African literature. As audiences for African literature continue to grow, African creatives are pursuing increasingly innovative ways to celebrate local talent and foster global reading communities. Join us for a panel featuring three powerhouse figures in the literary world—Edwige-Renée Dro, …

October 2: Black Photo Libraries launches

For years now, one of my favourite things to do as a writer is to see how the written word can interact with other art forms (I think the late photographer Alf Kumalo and I collaborating on the Mandela house biography 8115: A Prisoner’s Home back in 2010 or curating Artistic Encounters from 2016-2019 and …

September 25: Soma Nami Book Club meet up.

I spent time with members of the Soma Nami Book on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Soma Nami is a bookshop that exclusively sells books written by African writers founded by Muthoni Muiruri and Wendy Njoroge that opened in the Nairobi in August. It also has an monthly book club where members come and discuss the …

Judging the Grand Prix Panafricain de Littérature

I am on the international judging panel of the new Grand Prix Panafricain de Littérature and I request that you enter for this prize. The Grand Prix Panafricain de Littérature in an initiative of DR Congo President Félix Tshisekedi the head of the African Union. The new prize is intended to recognize an author from …

Cover reveal: Yara Nakahanda Monteiro’s “Loose Ties”

We, as Paivapo Publishers, are proud to reveal the cover for Loose Ties the English translation of Angolan Yara Nakahanda Monteiro. The book was initially written in Portuguese before the translation was done by Sandy Tamele. The cover art was done Francisco Vidal and cover design by Megan Ross. The book will be coming soon …

Third Culture Africans Podcast features Zukiswa Wanner

The “Third Culture Africans” Podcast has featured Zukiswa Wanner in its latest episode. Please click here to listen to it on Spotify. Third Culture Africans is a lifestyle podcast for dreamers, thinkers and doers. They celebrate artistry, share stories from those brave enough to create something and succeed, listen to diverse perspectives on African Success …

September 11: Virtually Yours with Rémy Ngamije

I continue “Virtually Yours” my partnership with Goethe Namibia, a series of online discussions with contemporary authors from Africa. “Virtually Yours” aims to create an online platform for avid readers, writers, academics, publishers, agents, and anyone else interested in literature by writers from Africa. The series of online discussions held once a month from October …

East Africa Literary and Cultural Studies Conference Keynote: Radical Joys and Solidarities in a Time of Mourning

Here is the keynote that I delivered at the East Africa Literary and Cultural Studies Conference at the Sirikwa Hotel, Eldoret, Kenya on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Radical Joys and Solidarities in a Time of Mourning I hope you are well and thank you to all who are present physically and virtually.  My name is …

Francophonie publication Le Parchemin interview

I was featured on the latest edition of Le Parchemin. Le Parchemin is an independent, free bimonthly news magazine available on Facebook and other platforms. LE PARCHEMIN informs the African diaspora about news and events in host countries, highlights DIASPORA in terms of a model of success and promotes initiatives. Le Parchemin consolidates the umbilical …