New Zim Short Fiction Anthologies to be Launched in September

The two publishing houses that habe kept Zimbabwean fiction publishing afloat during the country's hardest time, amaBooks of Bulawayo and Weaver Press of Zimbabwe are going to launch their new fiction anthologies in the next week. On September 19, Weaver Press is launching Writing Free, which features fifteen writers. This anthology is quite promising, given … Continue reading New Zim Short Fiction Anthologies to be Launched in September

Interview with Na’ima B. Robert, author of ‘Far from Home’, an Novel about Zimbabwe

In this interview, I chat with Na'ima B. Robert, author of the new novel 'Far from Home', which I just finished reading. It is a novel about growing up, family, Zimbabwean colonial and post colonial history which chronicles the pains of land dispossession and loss of home.Some of the central issues of the novels are … Continue reading Interview with Na’ima B. Robert, author of ‘Far from Home’, an Novel about Zimbabwe

Interview with Beatrice Lamwaka, for Stories on Stage Sacramento

Beatrice Lamwaka Beatrice Lamwaka was recently shortlisted for the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing. She was born in Gulu in northern Uganda, and now lives in Kampala, Uganda, where she works as a journalist and is currently studying Human Rights at Makarere University. She is working on a story collection called The Garden of … Continue reading Interview with Beatrice Lamwaka, for Stories on Stage Sacramento

Sacramento’s Stories on Stage Features Flash Fiction

Stories on Stage, which operates from mid-town Sacramento, continues to grow. Running every last Friday of the month, the series has featured writers from across the US and is preparing to feature African writers in June. The idea is brilliant: the stories are read by professional actors, and the events are well-attended. On Friday, May … Continue reading Sacramento’s Stories on Stage Features Flash Fiction

Zimbabwean Writer on 2011 US Foreign Press Center Media Tour

Zimbabwean writer, journalist, blogger, and gender activist, Delta Milayo Ndou will be touring Washington DC and Minneapolis in June as one of 20 journalists who have been identified by the Washington Foreign Press Center as emerging Global New Media Leaders. She is one of 4 African journalists - and the other African countries represented are … Continue reading Zimbabwean Writer on 2011 US Foreign Press Center Media Tour

African Literature and the Internet

I participated in a discussion of African writing and the internet. Below is an excerpt, as well as a link to One Ghana One Voice (OGOV) for the rest of the discussion. Prince Mensah: Considering the present shape of African writing, what visible steps are being taken to use the Internet as a medium of … Continue reading African Literature and the Internet

A Reader and Writer: Miriam Shumba (Zimbabwean Novelist)

Miriam Shumba is the author of two novels, Show Me the Sun and That Which Has Horns, both published in the USA by Genesis Press. She has had several short stories and articles published in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the United States. She earned her teaching degree at Rhodes University in South Africa and continued … Continue reading A Reader and Writer: Miriam Shumba (Zimbabwean Novelist)

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here's a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!. Crunchy numbers A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats. A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. … Continue reading 2010 in review

Stories on Stage Calling on African Writers

Sacramento-based Stories on Stage will feature stories by African writers on June 24, 2011 at the Sacramento Poetry Center. Valerie Fioravanti, founder and coordinator of the reading series, has asked me to recommend African writers who are interested in submitting their stories for this special feature. I think it is a great opportunity to create … Continue reading Stories on Stage Calling on African Writers

Tolu Ogunlessi on the 21st Century Nigerian Literary Scene

Tolu Ogunlessi discusses the Nigerian literary scene since 2000 in this rich article entitled "Things Fall Together: Nigeria's literary scene in the 21st century", which is so good I think Tolu should consider making literary profiles for other African regions. I have the feeling that in all African regions, there has been an increase in … Continue reading Tolu Ogunlessi on the 21st Century Nigerian Literary Scene

Book Review: YOUNG ZIMBABWEAN WOMEN POETS BREAK SILENCE

Title: Sunflowers in Your Eyes – Four Zimbabwean Poets Editor: Menna Elfyn Publisher: Cinnamon Press ISBN: 978-1-907090-13-4 Year: 2010 Reviewed by Tinashe Mushakavanhu  Zimbabwean poetry has been largely a choir of male voices. The absence of women is too visible in KZ Muchemwa’s Zimbabwean Poetry in English (1978), Musaemura Zimunya and Mudereri Kadhani’s And Now … Continue reading Book Review: YOUNG ZIMBABWEAN WOMEN POETS BREAK SILENCE

BREAKING NEWS from Lion Press

Lion Press ( London ) and artsinitiates-zimbabwe are calling for entries in a short story competition running from May 1 till June 30 2009. The stories selected will be published in an anthology expected to be out by December 2009. Ten entries will win prizes. Monetary prizes will be given to the best five stories … Continue reading BREAKING NEWS from Lion Press

Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck: A Brief Review

The new book by Chimamanda Ngozie Achidie, The Thing Around Your Neck,  is rich with references to history, culture and literature.  In this short review, I focus on two stories whose events recall Chinua Achebe and Tsitsi Dangarembga. In  "Tomorrow is Too Far", Adichie creates a protagonist that reminds of Tambu in Tsitsi Dangarembga's Nervous Conditions. There … Continue reading Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck: A Brief Review

Ivor W. Hartmann: Rising Star of African Speculative Science Fiction

On the 14th March 2009, "Earth Rise" by Ivor W. Hartmann was nominated for the international Ursa Major Award in the Best Short Fiction category. Ivor W. Hartmann is a Zimbabwean author, writing from economic exile in Johannesburg, South Africa. "Earth Rise" and its UMA nomination, represent a major step for African Literature. Firmly set … Continue reading Ivor W. Hartmann: Rising Star of African Speculative Science Fiction

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”