Tinashe Muchuri’s Speech at “Nzungu Dzembeu” Launch

Tinashe Muchuri Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. All protocols observed. Today is a great day. We are welcoming a new prince of the Musaigwa dynasty, 'Nzungu Dzembeu' (Seed Nuts). It is my pleasure to introduce you to this bouncing baby. As the editor and introducer of both the son and the father, my task is … Continue reading Tinashe Muchuri’s Speech at “Nzungu Dzembeu” Launch

New Novel focuses on the Zimbabwe Land Issue

I have started reading Na'ima B. Robert's Far from Home, which focuses on two types land reforms or seisures in Zimbabwe. From the moment I heard about this book, I liked its premise and have been looking forward to reading. I have begun, and so I far I am drawned to the background, cultural details … Continue reading New Novel focuses on the Zimbabwe Land Issue

Interview: Mirirai Moyo, Award-winning Zimbabwean Writer

Mirirai Moyo, a promising emerging writer from Zimbabwe, is one of the winners of the 2010 Golden Baobab Award, which features African stories for children anywhere. Moyo is not new to awards. In 1996, she was the Harare Region Winner for the Randalls National Essay Competition. Her short stories have featured in The Sunday Mail, … Continue reading Interview: Mirirai Moyo, Award-winning Zimbabwean Writer

Interview: Bryony Rheam Calls on Zimbabwean Authors to Move Away from “Overtly Political” Subjects

I recently finished reading Bryony Rheam's novel This September Sun and the author agreed to answer a few interview questions. At the end of this very enlightening interview on her craft and influences, Bryony calls on suggests that writers expand their creative horizons and embrace genres that move beyond the "overtly political". Below is the … Continue reading Interview: Bryony Rheam Calls on Zimbabwean Authors to Move Away from “Overtly Political” Subjects

The Eso Won Bookstore Reading and “African Roar” Launch

They came to support, they some bought books, and they engaged us in dialogue. Part of the audience at Eso Won Bookstore Reading and "African Roar" Launch, Los Angeles. Copies of African Roar in a special display for the event. This is going to be a long post, full of pictures and reflections. I will … Continue reading The Eso Won Bookstore Reading and “African Roar” Launch

An Evening of Stories, Poetry & Music in Los Angeles with Christopher Mlalazi

Chris Mlalazi Villa Aurora & Eso Won Bookstore present an evening of stories, poetry & music with 2010 Feuchtwanger Fellow Christopher Mlalazi, fellow Zimbabwean writer and editor Emmanuel Sigauke, and Judicanti Responsura 7PM on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Eso Won Bookstore 4331 Degnan Boulevard, Los Angeles 90008 Villa Aurora’s 2010 Feuchtwanger Fellow, Zimbabwean writer … Continue reading An Evening of Stories, Poetry & Music in Los Angeles with Christopher Mlalazi

The Keresenzia Effect: The Child Killer in Zimbabwean Literature

When a society's structures fall, when its economy crumbles and there are high levels of unemployment and unimaginable  suffering, its children face the highest levels of danger such a society of presents.  The whole fabric of this society is endangered, and its future plunges into uncertainty. This has been true to the Zimbabwean situation, whose effects have … Continue reading The Keresenzia Effect: The Child Killer in Zimbabwean Literature

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

Useful Zimbabwean Blog

Fungai James Tichawangana's coverage of Zimbabwean Literature on his blog Unofungei Fungai is the best I have seen so far. I was on Google looking for news covering names like Ignatius Mabasa and Memory Chirere when I came across this rich resource and I was hooked.  See this exemplary entry:  Slamming Them Together Through Poetry The House … Continue reading Useful Zimbabwean Blog

Genre Expansion Necessary for African Writing

The continent of Africa continues to rely on foreign writers as suppliers of books in the genres of romance, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. This needs to stop immediately. We want the world to start reading romances written in Africa, by African writers. We want African readers to read romances (in the Harlequin & … Continue reading Genre Expansion Necessary for African Writing

Impressive Responses to Valerie Tagwira’s Short Story

Valerie Tagwira etched a spot for herself in the Zimbabwean literature by producing a whopper of a novel, Uncertainty of Hope, described by early reviewers as an honest statement to the political, economic, and social situation in  contemporary Zimbabwe. Now she has turned to another literary medium-- the short story-- and has just produced "Mainini's … Continue reading Impressive Responses to Valerie Tagwira’s Short Story