A Moment in Gappah’s “The Annexe Shuffle”

Of the stories written by Petina Gappah that I have read, there are some whose narrator luxuriates in the musicality of language, introducing an ease in narration only exemplified in few instances in Zimbabwean literature. The few instances can be found in Charles Mungoshi, Memory Chirere, Yvonne Vera, and of course, now, Petina Gappah, who … Continue reading A Moment in Gappah’s “The Annexe Shuffle”

Conversation with Petina Gappah

Petina Gappah is a rising star, and in this insighful interview, she talks about her writing career, her soon-to-be-released short story collection, Elegy for Easterly, and her views on Zimbabwean literature. 1. Congratulations on the publication of An Elegy for Easterly. What does this big step mean to you? Thank you very much. It is … Continue reading Conversation with Petina Gappah

Christopher Mlalazi Wins the NAMA

Zimbabwe has ceased to make sense to most people. They have wondered how people could exist in a country where the perecentage of inflation is in the billions, and bread costs millions. Economists don't even understand in what ways Zimbabwe is a useful case study anymore.  But there is one place you can always count … Continue reading Christopher Mlalazi Wins the NAMA

Hard Times Have Freed Zimbabwean Literature

Zimbabwean literature in English has a short history, only having started in the 70’s with the writings of Charles Mungoshi and a few other writers. The literature started in war time, when the country was still under white minority rule, which meant that the writers had to exercise a degree of self-censorship in order not … Continue reading Hard Times Have Freed Zimbabwean Literature

Ignatius Mabasa to Read Shona Poetry in San Francisco

photo by Fungai J.T. Listen, I am too excited about this news to know where to begin, but let's start with this announcement from the organizers of the Second San Francisco International Poetry Festival: Second San Francisco International Poetry Festival will Ring through the City in July 23-27, 2009 Friends of the San Francisco Public … Continue reading Ignatius Mabasa to Read Shona Poetry in San Francisco