HORN OF AFRICA


Let me first write a few things about the author Philip Caputo (1941), for this will help in finding the context for his book  Horn of Africa. He worked in the American army, serving in Vietnam. For many years he was a journalist in the Near East (or Middle East) as a correspondent for The … Continue reading HORN OF AFRICA

Helon Habila, Maaza Mengiste named The New American Voices award judges


Helon Habila (Nigeria) and Maaza Mengiste (Ethiopia/USA) form, together with Madeleine Thein, USA), the jury of a literary prize. The prize is run by an organization with a long name. The name is the Institute for Immigration Research New American Voices Award. The winner of the prize will receive $5000.

what to read before heading to Ethiopia ?


Any plans to travel to Ethiopia one of these days? Or do you live in Ethiopia and you need an bookish introduction to this mountainous country with its rich history? In this article three books are presented for those who are heading to Ethiopia. One book has been written by a dead and famous Polish … Continue reading what to read before heading to Ethiopia ?

Color is a language in itself


The poet is the one that seems to stand at the sidelines when there is talk about literature. Every time I discover a collection of poetry I am happy to pass the news on to a wider audience. This time it is about the poet Mahtem Shiferraw, a lady with Ethiopian and Eritrean roots. Her … Continue reading Color is a language in itself

Maaza Mengiste on defeating the sophomore slump


Writing a book is one thing. Writing your second book is quite another thing. You have managed to include so many brilliant ideas in your first book. You have robbed your past from many details and plots. Now you are brooding and brooding and slowly the ideas come for your second publication. Maaza Mengiste published … Continue reading Maaza Mengiste on defeating the sophomore slump

Maaza Mengiste, Carrie Brownstein, and Jill Filipovic on gender and power


The issue of gender is coming more and more to the fore. Gender is a multifacetted way of describing your personhood, your being YOU. To many gender is linked to power, who is calling the shots, who is defining and setting standards. Maaza Mengiste is one  of the speakers at a session on gender and … Continue reading Maaza Mengiste, Carrie Brownstein, and Jill Filipovic on gender and power