February, 5th 2009
Bored? There's help at hand
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
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
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.
Book Fair (10th - 15th May) The 9th edition
of this fair holds at the University of Lagos.
Town Book Fair (July 30th - Aug 2nd). After
the World Cup hangover, some more sedate pleasures.
Book Fair (23rd - 26th Sept) This 26th
edition of the fair will focus on Africa.
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A deferred Valentine date
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,
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