Toni Morrison Passes

The doyenne of American fiction, letters, and culture, writer of several prize-winning novels, passed away after a brief illness. ISSUES • Transition, Literature PLACE • New York City, USA DATE • August 5, 2019 BODY • Family of Toni Morrison and Random House ISSUES • Transition, Literature PLACE • New York...

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Achebe and Education

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African literature has long been asked to teach readers about their pasts. What if readers learned of their futures instead? The Long ESSay AUTHOR • Alvan A. Ikoku ISSUES • Education, African Literature YEAR • 2019 MONTHS • 2-8 • February-August 2019 The Long ESSay AUTHOR • Alvan A....

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Rankine, Spahr On Dubois

Two poets and critics discuss literature, race, politics, and the 1956 passport denial to WEB DuBois for a conference in France.  Genre: Talks, Conversations. Venue: Kaufman Concert Hall, The 92 Y, New York, NY, USA. Dates: December 13, 2018. Sponsors: Part of the Unterberg Poetry Center series at The 92...

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E Iduma and Chike Edozien

The Nigerian authors meet to discuss their writing at the forefront of “Africa’s quiet LGBT revolution” in Boston Brookline Booksmith.   Genre: Readings, Conversations, Fiction, Nonfiction. Venue: Brookline Booksmith, Boston, MA, USA. Dates: December 4, 2018. Sponsors: Brookline Booksmith. Readers/Performers: Emmanuel Iduma, Nigerian fiction writer, essayist, and co-founder of Saraba...

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Colman Domingo

Domingo stages a reading of the play, “DOT,” at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, California.  Genre: Readings, Drama. Venue: Lorraine Hansberry Theater at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA, USA. Dates: December 1, 2018. Sponsors: Museum of the African Diaspora. Readers/Performers: Colman Domingo, American...

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Junot on Trauma

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Novelist Junot Diaz has decided to reveal, via nonfiction writing, childhood trauma that he has previously channeled through characters, fiction, imagination. NEW YORK, UNITED STATES — In an important moment for those who closely follow the writings and career of Junot Diaz, the author has made public his experience of...

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Nganang Arrêté

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Accusé d’« outrage au chef de l’Etat », Patrice Nganang, camerounais, professeur de la littérature comparée, reste en prison. DOUALA, CAMEROUN — Un jour après avoir publié le 5 décembre un « Carnet de route en (zone) dite anglophone » sur le site de l’hebdomadaire Jeune Afrique, Patrice Nganang,...

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Buchi Emecheta Passes

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Fiction and literature lose a trenchant and influential chronicler of the Nigerian, female and human condition in Buchi Emecheta. LONDON, ENGLAND — The world of African, diaspora, and feminist letters mourns the passing of Buchi Emecheta, the Nigerian female author of more than 20 books, including, most notably, Second...

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Etisalat Prize Shortlist

The Etisalat Prize for Literature has published its shortlist, with judges and readers set to peruse these novels, nominees, oeuvres. LAGOS, NIGERIA — The Etisalat Prize for Literature has just announced its 2016 shortlist. The three shortlisted books are: Jacqui L’Ange's The Seed Thief (Umuzi Publishers, South Africa); Jowhor Ile's And After...

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Translated: ‘El Conde de Montecristo’

Navona has published a definitive Spanish translation of the Alexandre Dumas classic, The Count of Montecristo; “a great European literary event” in the language.Genre: Books, Fiction, Translation. Full Title: The Count of Montecristo. Writer: Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870), French novelist and playwright, whose well-known works include The Three Musketeers (1844)...

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