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African Literature Links

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African Literature

African Books Collective: (ABC) is a non-profit Oxford-based, worldwide marketing and distribution outlet for over 1,000 titles from Africa – scholarly, literature and children’s books. It is founded, owned and governed by a group of African publishers, and its participants are 116 independent and autonomous African publishers from 19 countries.

African African Writers, Literature, and Ideas

Chimurenga Online: A pan African publication of writing, art and politics

Crossing Borders Magazine: New Writing from Africa British Council Website

Pilgrimages: As all eyes turn toward South Africa and the 2010 World Cup, Chimurenga and the Chinua Achebe Center will send fourteen prominent writers, among them Chris Abani and Alain Mabanckou, on a guided pilgrimage to thirteen cities in Africa (and Salvador do Bahia). Their experiences will be published as travelogues and will also appear here on this web site in the form of blogs.

Writers Afrika-Opportunities for African Writers: This bulletin provides updated listing of opportunities for writers on the African continent and in the diaspora. Maintained by writer-volunteers, this not-for-profit initiative is updated twice daily, 7 days a week.

Literary Map of Africa

African Writing Online

The African Review of Books

Africa Book Club is a place to share your love for reading and interest in African writing with people from all over the world. We aim to provide a space to celebrate and recognize the best writing from or about the beautiful continent of Africa. The site features blog postings, news, tit bits, reviews, and posts about Africa’s established and emerging writers

The  Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa is a biennial competition devoted to previously unpublished works of fiction by African writers, and aims to promote and celebrate story writing from all over the continent. The prize is sponsored by Macmillan Education and focuses on the reading interests of children and young people. There are two awards for children’s literature and teenage fiction and an additional award for the best new children’s writer

The Caine Prize for African Writing is named in memory of the late Sir Michael Caine, former Chairman of Booker plc. He was Chairman of Africa 95, and Chairman of the Booker Prize management committee for almost 25 years. The first prize was awarded in 2000, at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2000 in Harare, and the 2001 Prize at the Nairobi Book Fair in September 2001. The winner is announced at a dinner in Oxford in July, to which the shortlisted candidates are all invited. This is part of a week of activities for the candidates, including bookreadings, booksignings and press opportunities. The Prize is planning to expand, thanks to generous sponsorship, and has set writers’ workshops in Africa, two of which have taken place in South Africa to date.

Afritheatre: Resource Site for Francophone Black Theatre

African-Based Publishers

Africa World Press: In business since 1983, Africa World Press’ mission is to provide high quality literature on the history, culture, politics of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Cassava Republic: Feeding the African Imagination.Under the direction of the publishers Bibi Bakare-Yusuf and Jeremy Weate, Cassava Republic is considered to be one of the most important new publishing houses in Africa. Based in Abuja, Nigeria.

Picador Africa comprises African literature – fiction and non-fiction – written by Africans. The primary aim of the imprint is to raise awareness, both .locally and internationally, of the importance and value of African writing.

East African Educational Publishers: It all started in 1965 when two British publishers, Heinemann and Cassell, formed a groundwork for publishing in Nairobi. In 1992, the company became the first multinational publishing firm to enjoy full local ownership, and thereby changed its name to East African Educational Publishers.

Kwela Books: Kwela Books is a well-known small publisher in South Africa. We specialise in African writing -fiction and non-fiction. Kwela’s main focus is African writing. About 70% of the work we publish is in English, and the rest is in Afrikaans. Our aim is to broaden the scope of Southern African literature, and to document stories that have not yet been told.

Jacana Media: Jacana Media is a groundbreaking and fiercely independent publisher that produces material in the fields of public health, the arts, natural history, fiction, South African history and current affairs, as well as lifeskills and educational material for public and school libraries.

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