the background of a novel


Is fiction fiction? Or will the writer draw from his of her life and personal background? It seems to me that it is impossible for a writer to distance himself from the story he writes. It is the story of the writer and not the story of someone else. Noviolet Bulawayo talks about the background … Continue reading the background of a novel

and the winner is ….


And the winner is NoViolet Bulawayo who wins the Etislat Prize for Literature for her novel ‘We Need New Names. This was made know yesterday in Lagos, Nigeria. The Zimbabwean writer had also been shortlisted for the  Man Booker Prize. NoViolet wins  15.000 British Pounds. The other writers who were shortlisted were for this prize … Continue reading and the winner is ….

a writer speaks out


The coming out of the Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina caused a stir, as I mentioned in an earlier blog. The Ugandan president Museveni wants to sign a law prohibiting homosexuality. Also Nigeria is in the forefront of turning to lawmakers in order to make know their stand about homosexuality. The Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie … Continue reading a writer speaks out

weep not child


This  book has been on our shelves for about thirty years. And this year it celebrates its 50th birthday. We read it, others borrowed our copy and read it. The writer is the Kenyan author Ngugi wa Thiong’o and the title of the book is Weep not child. More about this celebrated book you will … Continue reading weep not child