2019-04-04 07:08:59, Jamal Tuschick

African Book Festival 2019

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Don't know what to read next? Have three experts on literary landscapes inspire you with books that inspired them to dedicate their professional lives to African literatures. With the founder of the Hargeysa Book Fair in Somaliland Jama Musse Jama, journalist and blogger James Murua from Nairobi, Kenya and literary editor Yana Makuwa. Moderated by ShaNon ManyMe.

Harriet Anena is a writer from Uganda. She is the joint winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa, 2018, for her debut poetry collection "A Nation in Labour". Anena's short stories and poems have been nominated for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize (2018), Short Story Day Africa Prize (2017) and the Ghana Poetry Prize (2013). Her work his featured in "New Daughters of Africa, an international anthology of writing by women of African descent" (2019); "A Memory This Size and other stories, a Caine Prize Anthology", FEMRITE anthologies, Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation anthologies, Sooo Many Stories, among others. She will perform her captivating poetry at Poetry Night African Book Festival Berlin join us again for a Tête-à-Tête with Harriet Anena.

Read Salman Rushdie's brilliant review of Namwali Serpell's "The Old Drift"! Apparently he would be thrilled about the African Book Festival's line-up, praising not only Namwali Serpell's but also Novuyo Rosa Tshuma's, Ayesha Harruna Attah's and curator Tsitsi Dangaremgba's writing. We are thrilled to have such amazing women writers at the African Book Festival Berlin 2019 - Transitioning from Migration and can't wait!

Thrilled to have Namwali Serpell , winner of the Caine Prize 2015, with us for this year‘s African Book Festival. Her first novel was released yesterday.

Serpell’s debut is a rich, complex saga of three intertwined families over the course of more than a century. The epic stretches out from a single violent encounter: in the early 20th century, a British colonialist adopts North-western Rhodesia (now Zambia) as his home, settling in the Old Drift, a settlement near Victoria Falls, where the colonist gets into a fateful skirmish with a local hotelier.