Glossing Africa


‘Habari yako?’ Could I make a start like this? Should I write a translation at the bottom of this page?  Should I put the translation between brackets? Or just leave at as it is?  All kinds of possibilities. So what will a writer / editor / publisher do with the odd word out?  Namwali Serpell … Continue reading Glossing Africa

Namwali Serpell: Being Zambitious


She teaches American literature to American Students, while coming from Zambia herself. This should not be a special things in a globalizing world. Just like an American teaching African literature somewhere at an African university or writing about it. The world is shrinking (in some ways) and we are getting closer. Even a man with … Continue reading Namwali Serpell: Being Zambitious

rad women read


She shot to fame due to her story that was selected by the Caine Prize. Here you can listen to her reading another story. “Z is for Zora”. Her name is Namwali Serpell and she hails from Zambia, these days she lives and works in the United States of Diaspora, to be more precise UC … Continue reading rad women read

hogarth uk and us pre-empt world rights


The Cain Prize can be a start of something even bigger. Namwali Serpell won the 2015 Cain Prize and now she has landed a good book deal for her first novel. The title of this forthcoming novel is “The Old Drift”, a multinational book. But … you need to have some patience, the publication is … Continue reading hogarth uk and us pre-empt world rights