For those of you who still have not made up their mind what to read in 2019, here is a list of books that are recommended by a magazine. The list has a fair amount of books with a strong African link. So pick your choice and enjoy it.
Ondjaki captures the humour and heartache of life in his hometown, Luanda
Most of the posts on this blog come from South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya. Three countries with a large pond of writing talent. Angola, with its Portuguese language background, is less at the forefront (at least for me). In this article you will find an interview with the Angolan writer Ondjaki (or his real name … Continue reading Ondjaki captures the humour and heartache of life in his hometown, Luanda
Fiona Melrose 7th Street Writers’ Studio
For those of you in Johannesburg there is the opportunity to follow a writers’ course, led and organized by Fiona Melrose. She also will lead a retreat. Read this article for more information.
RIP Hugh Lewin (1939 – January 16 2019)
His life spanned many decades of political upheaval within and outside South Africa. He wrote books, was a journalist, trained journalists and he was active to oppose the forces of apartheid in South Africa. Now Hugh Lewin has passed away. In this article you will read about his life struggling for justice.
Managing editor of Farafina Books, Enajite Efemuaye talks
She takes her time to talk about her work and about her leisure. Is not reading book work and leisure rolled into one? She is the managing editor of an important publisher in Nigeria with a continental impact.
“The personal is political”
The Ethiopian writer Nebila Abdulmelik tells about her short story Oma (that looks like the Afrikaner word for ‘grandmother’) that has been longlisted for The short story is dead, long live the short story!