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African Writing

February, 5th 2009

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Bored? There's help at handA Special Promotion

African Writing is relaunching its print version. So we are running an exciting 50% discount on regular individual subscriptions. Prices start from £3.50 per issue, including postage. To find out more and sign on, Click Here
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Book fairs in prospect

The Cairo fair is already done and dusted. But here are a few more cities to do some book business this year...

London Book Fair (19th - 21st April). South Africa is the market focus country, so expect many more headline inches for books and authors from down under.

Nigeria International Book Fair (10th - 15th May) The 9th edition of this fair holds at the University of Lagos.

Cape Town Book Fair (July 30th - Aug 2nd). After the World Cup hangover, some more sedate pleasures.

Goteborg Book Fair (23rd - 26th Sept) This 26th edition of the fair will focus on Africa.

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A deferred Valentine date

Sarah Manyika Put the 2nd of March in your diaries: on that day, AW No. 9 will be published and you can read our Sarah Manyika interview. Sarah is the author of In Dependence. (She couldn't find the love story on the bookshelf, so she wrote it!) For now, here's a teaser from the far-ranging interview with Ovo Adagha.
            The other day, while reorganizing my bookshelf, I was struck by book titles... I'm sure I heard the books whispering to each other as they sat there, quietly, on the shelves...Things Fall Apart, The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born, Nervous Conditions, Ways of Dying,  No Longer at Ease, Waiting for an Angel, Corruption, and Every Day is for the Thief. Now what struck me, and perhaps what also strikes you, is the sentiment carried in each of these titles - the undeniable element of despair, and yes, disappointment, conveyed merely by title. These titles would seem to reflect the mood of our continent and the complex, lived realities that have caused many to leave.

Publication date: 2nd March, 2010                back to top

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