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Per Ankh & Per Sesh

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Set up in the mid 90s by visionary Ghanaian novelist and poet Ayi Kwei Armah in the village of Popenguine, some 70 km from Dakar, Per Ankh is an African publishing co-operative “committed to the emergence of a quality African book industry.” Since its inception it has published a range of titles including African Philosophy, […]

Cameroon publishing boom

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The Cameroonian publishing industry has a long history. Founded in Yaoundé in 1963, Éditions CLE was the first first publisher in Francophone Africa. Together with NOOREMAC Press in Limbe they published greats such as Ferdinand Leopold Oyono, Francis Bebey and Mongo Beti. Other, smaller Cameroonian imprints have included Philombe’s  Éditions Semences Africaines, which had a […]

Diary Of A Bad Year: President Mbeki’s 2007 by Imraan Coovadia Letters To The Nation

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Writer’s Brief At the end of April 2008, then South African President Thabo Mbeki sent a letter to US president Bush vehemently critiquing his stance on Zimbabwe (the story story broke and caused a furor in the press in May 2008). Often described as aloof, stoic, inaccessible in person, Mbeki was most comfortable and outspoken […]

Post Postal Systems

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Adam Silverstein’s Postal Systems in the Pre-Modern Islamic World was published in late 2007 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. xii + 214 pp. $101.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-521-85868-7) In Postal Systems in the Pre-Modern Islamic World, Silverstein examines the development and evolution of networks transporting material objects, and in some cases important personalities, over long distances […]

Serial fiction

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A journalistic tradition that can be traced back to the days of Dickens, serial fiction has become steadily less prevalent in newspapers during the latter half of the 20th century, arguably due to television, radio, and other electronic media displacing newspapers as a primary source for information and entertainment. But Serial Fiction remains popular in […]

Situation is Critical by Jeremy Weate

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Writer’s Brief “If I was smart, I would have waited a few years and made an iPhone app: a little satirical story about how to write about Africa every day, interactive and adaptable, for ninety-nine cents. Fuck Granta… thanks, Granta.” Binyavanga Wainaina In 1962, as many African countries were gaining independence, Heinemann’s African Writer’s Series […]

The fastest titler in America by Stella Vincenot

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Writer’s Brief Dany Laferrière: a French, Haitian, Japanese writer? Journalist, TV and radio host, screenwriter, director, Dany Laferrière worked as a journalist in his native Haiti during the notorious Duvalier regime, immigrating to Canada in 1978 after a colleague with whom he was collaborating on a story was murdered. He settled in Montreal, where he […]

Moxyland by Lauren Beukes

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April 2008 Published by Jacana Media ISBN-13: 978-1-77009-567-0 Art-school dropout Kendra brands herself for a nanotech marketing program; Lerato, an ambitious Aidsbaby, plots to defect from her corporate employers; Tendeka, a hot-headed activist, is becoming increasingly rabid; and rogueish blogger, Toby, discovers that the video games he plays for cash are much more – the […]

Devoir de Mémoire (Rwanda)

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In 1998, a group of ten African writers from eight different nations visited the Rwandan capital, Kigali, as part of the commemorative Fest’Africa project, “Rwanda: écrire par devoir de mémoire”. While they were there, the authors were invited to reflect upon, and write about, the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Nine published texts emerged as a result […]

Singing Our Own Song

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“We, not foreigners, must be the judges of whether or not a particular book has told us something we need to know about our evolving tragedy – flawed elections admitted to even by the victors, an ex-president alleged to have slept with his daughter-in-law, two hours of electricity a day despite billions of dollars expended […]

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