‘It is not my responsibility to teach morals’


Many readers appreciate a meeting with a writer, hopefulklt t6heir favourite writer. When a writer publishes a new book there are opportunities to attend a signature session, a launch or another occassion.   A Bookchat is one of those other opportunities. Readers, a prublishers, professional readers (socalled critics) meet a writer at a nice location.  … Continue reading ‘It is not my responsibility to teach morals’

Minnesota writer Lesley Nneka Arimah named


The National Book Foundation (United States of America) gives every year a list of five promising young writers an exposure by putting them on a list named “Five under 35”. Each winner gets $1,000. This year’s five are all women, and one of them is Lesley Nneka Arimah, who was raised in Nigeria, after she … Continue reading Minnesota writer Lesley Nneka Arimah named

From Africa and the diaspora


Samira Sawlani has written a nice article on 10 books that have been published in 2017 by African literati, living in Africa or in the diaspora. When you want to make a start with updating your book collection this article is a good start. Read the article here.

2015 commonwealth short story prize


The word is out. The winners have been made known. There is not one winner. There is a winner for each region in the world, as long as it is within the commonwealth, I presume. Each winner gets £2500. Leila Aboulela, from Sudan, was one of the six writers who together made a shortlist. The winner … Continue reading 2015 commonwealth short story prize