Chimamanda Adichie: 2008 MacArthur Fellow

This past week, the recipients (of the MacArthur Fellowship) learned in a single phone call from the Foundation that they will each receive $500,000 in “no strings attached” support over the next five years. The new Fellows work across a broad spectrum of endeavors and include a neurobiologist, a saxophonist, a critical care physician, an … Continue reading Chimamanda Adichie: 2008 MacArthur Fellow

In Search of Tsitsi Dangarembga

You know when you run a blog, you cannot avoid checking the performance statistics, to see if what you are writing is being read at all. WordPress, the platform for this website, has a feature called "Search Engine Terms', which tells you what words people searched in order to end up viewing your posts. Nearly … Continue reading In Search of Tsitsi Dangarembga

Telling the Zimbabwean Story

The news that Petina Gappah signed a transcontinental two-book deal is great for Zimbabwean and African literature. She is a one of the new voices of Zimbawean literature who are adding a new layer to the country's literature, and the time is right: the Zimbabwean writer has much to say at this time. The writer (novelist, poet, playwright, momoirist) … Continue reading Telling the Zimbabwean Story

Women Writing Zimbabwe: A Review

The new short story anthology by Weaver Press, Women Writing Zimbabwe, delivers the high quality readers have come to associate with the publisher's products. It contains fifteen stories by fifteen strong female voices of Zimbabwean literature.  When I recieved the book last week, I was in the middle of Toni Morrison's Beloved and the Selected Poems … Continue reading Women Writing Zimbabwe: A Review

Robert Giroux, Publisher, Dies at 94

The New York Times reports that "Robert Giroux, an editor who introduced and nurtured some of the major authors of the 20th century and who rose to join one of the nation’s most distinguished publishing houses as a partner, making it Farrar, Straus & Giroux, died Friday in Tinton Falls, N.J. He was 94."  Read … Continue reading Robert Giroux, Publisher, Dies at 94