Born in Zambia in the year 1980 Namwali Serpell now teaches at the university of California (USA). In this interview she tells how her debut book ‘The Old Drift’ came to be and about her teaching. Before her debut she wrote essays and reviewed books.
A year in reading: Namwali Serpell
You have to teach courses on literature, so what do you read for your classes. Namwali Serpell, who was born in Zambia and lectures in the United States of America, delved into a pile of books and in this article she tells about her journey.
‘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
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Recently she won the Caine Prize. This prize put her name on the world wide screen. She gave many interviews and here are the highlights of one of these interviews.