When he was very young Dinaw Mengestu heard his father tell bedside stories. Stories he did not immediately connect with Ethiopia. He was young and living in exile in the United States. Later on he heard less stories, but it was clear his father was still very much connected to Ethiopia and the developments in … Continue reading Returning to Ethiopia
The newspaper The Guardian from the United Kingdom likes to make lists. This time it is list of the ten best books on cities. One African city has been included. Have a closer look.
There are many literary initiatives. Some are born on the continent. Others are born outside the continent. One of the latest is Bahati Books. In this interview those who took the initiative tell about their work and project and their publications. We wish them good luck.
It was a song from my younger years: “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. I cannot remember the names of the couple that sang this song. In this article you will find seventeen very good book covers. Maybe you do not want to judge the book, but, please, do enjoy the covers.
I think that one of the issues that trouble the literary scene in many African countries is the availability of the books written by African writers. I would not be surprised if some books are more readily available in Europe and / or North America. Now, in Kenya an initiative has been taken by a … Continue reading kenyan blogger launches online bookstore
In the days of Boko Haram, ISIS, Al Qaida, Al Shabaab and explosions and suicide attacks I read this book by the Algerian author Yasmina Khadra. The book is set in a small village in the countryside during the heady days of the islamistic movement FIS and its military wing. We get to know the … Continue reading LES AGNEAUX DU SEIGNEUR