New publisherCaine Prize for African WritingThe 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing was won by Bushra al-Fadil (Sudan) for his short story The Story of the Girl whose Birds Flew Away, translated by Max Shmokkler, with support from Najlaa Osman Eltom and published in The Book of Khartoum – A City in Short Fiction (Comma Press, UK, 2016). The £10,000 prize was divided between translator and author.See more details on the Caine Prize website: <http://www.caineprize.com/the-winner>.Online ArticlesAn interview with Jennifer Malec, editor of the Johannesburg Review of Books explains the importance of an “African critical voice” as well as detailing some of the achievements of the publication during the first year of the journal. See the article at: <http://www.bookslive.co.za/blog/2018/01/29/we-think-it's-important-that-the-world-becomes-more-aware-of-what-readers-in-Africa-are-thinking>A Wave of New Fiction from Nigeria, as Young Writers Experiment With New Genres provides an encouraging view of the “new vibrancy” on the Nigerian literary scene. The article also showcases Cassava Republic publisher, highlighting their practice of distributing Nigerian published books to American booksellers rather than selling the publishing rights directly. A useful overview. See the article at: <https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/23/books/fiction-nigeria-writers.html>.Another article discussing the international interest in African literature which is apparently creating “push back” from both Western and African critics. The article
The African Book Publishing Record – de Gruyter
Published: Feb 28, 2018
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