Archive for ‘African Literature’

May 10, 2010

Globe and Mail Africa Special Feature

The Globe and Mail is edited on May 10 by two guest editors – anti-poverty activists Bono and Bob Geldof – who produced a special issue focused on the future of Africa and its importance not just for the more than 1 billion people living on that continent, but for Canadians and the rest of the West as well.  See the full section here.

February 12, 2010


Selina Cuff, the Nairobi-based British journalist, has an article on the perspectives of contemporary Kenyan literarure and arts on the Open Democracy site: Yours Truly was interviewed for the piece, and SLS-Kenya is mentioned prominently in it.

February 3, 2010


Ed Pavlic, SLS-Kenya permanent faculty member, has a new book out with Bard University Press: But Here Are Small Clear Refractions. Based on the dhow trip Ed took around the Kenyan Archipelago in 2006, together with Binyavanga Wainaina, Martin Kimani, Usama Goldstein, Mike Vazquez, Gary Dauphin, and YT, among several other people, the book features some seriously beautiful, powerful writing — and tells a fascinating story along the way. It is now available for sale here:  

January 28, 2010


Nairobi Heat (Penguin, SA 2009):
Mukoma Wa Ngugi

When a beautiful blonde girl is found murdered on the porch of an
African university professor in Maple Bluff, Madison, Wisconsin,
hard-working detective Ishmael Fofona knows immediately that it will
be the news event of the year. What he cannot know however is that the
discovery of the dead girl will change his life forever and that
barely seventy-two hours after being called to the scene he will find
himself on African soil, hunting for clues in a case that seemingly
makes no sense. Why would Joshua Hakizimana – a hero of the Rwandan
genocide, a man who had saved hundreds of people from the machetes of
the genocidaires – kill a random white girl and then dump her body
outside his house? The answers, it would seem, lie in Africa. And
there is only one way to get at them.

Mukoma wa Ngugi’s debut novel is a gripping and hard-hitting detective
thriller that questions race, identity and class.  Nairobi Heat is
available via
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About the author:  Mukoma Wa Ngugi is the author of the novel Nairobi
Heat (Penguin, SA 2009), an anthology of poetry titled Hurling Words
at Consciousness (AWP, 2006) and is a political columnist for the
BBC’s Focus on Africa Magazine.  He was short listed for the Caine
Prize for African writing in 2009.

His fiction has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Wasafiri and African
Writing, and his poetry in the New York Quarterly, Tin House Magazine,
Brick Magazine and the anthologies, Satellite Convulsions (Tin House,
2008), Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa (Flipped Eye Press, 2006), Step into
a World: A Global Anthology of New Black Writing (John Wiley & Sons,
2001). A former co-editor of Pambazuka News, his columns have appeared
in the Guardian, International Herald Tribune, Chimurenga, Los Angeles
Times, South African Labour Bulletin, and Business Daily Africa, and
he has been a guest on Democracy Now, Al Jazeera and the BBC World

His essays have appeared in the World Literature Review, the Black
Commentator, Progressive Magazine and Radical History Review. He has
forthcoming work in Callaloo and the St. Petersburg Review.

January 25, 2010


This is very good news: Binyavanga Wainaina ( co-editing, with Helon Habila, the Granta Book of the African Short Story. Here’s announcement from the Sable Lit Mag (

This anthology will bring together the best of the best African short stories published in the last 50 years. You are invited to recommend any great short story you have read in a collection, a magazine, online, or heard on the radio, but it has to be by an African author.

The story could be in English, French, Portuguese, Arabic, or any major African language, but the final language of publication will be English. Send story title, author’s name, and any publication information you have to help us track your recommended story. Send before April 30, 2010, to: