In Spotlight this month, Africa Book Club interviews Kwei Quartey. A crime fiction writer, Quartey made the Los Angeles Times Bestseller List in 2009. The following year, the G.O.G. National Book Club awarded him the title of Best Male Author. Having published Wife of the Gods (2009), Children of the Street (2011), Murder at Cape Three Points (2014), he anticipates publication of the fourth Darko Dawson novel in the series, Gold of the Fathers, in early January 2016. Quartey currently lives in Pasedena, California
The Bundle of Joy and Other Stories from Africa is the first volume of stories selected from the Africa Book Reads monthly writing competition, which was launched in August 2013. Released December 2014, the anthology features 52 stories that are all either set in Africa or written by African authors.
At just under 300 pages, the anthology showcases 36 writers representing 14 African countries – from South Africa to Somalia. Most of the stories come from as-yet unpublished writers. However, their talent shines through undeniably. The work spans many wide-ranging themes, reflecting the diversity of the African continent.
In 2010, Irene Sabatini shot to international fame, when she won the Orange Award for New Writers for her first book, The Boy Next Door. Sabatini, who spent her childhood in the laid back city of Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, studied psychology at the University of Zimbabwe and then took a Masters at the Institute of Education in London. She has lived and worked in several countries: teaching in Colombia, conducting research work in Barbadian schools and writing environmental science books for Zimbabwean primary schools. She currently lives in Geneva with her husband and two sons.In November this year, she released follow-on novel, Peace and Conflict: A Boy’s Tale. She talked to Africa Book Club about how she got into writing, life after winning the Orange Award, and her most recent book.
The Africa Book Club Short Reads writing competition is back. We are pleased to announce the winners of the competition for the months of July, August, September and October. The twelve stories below provide an excellent mix of perspectives and contributions, and above all, compelling stories that we hope you will enjoy as much as […]
Originally submitted for the Africa Book Club Short Reads competition, The Golden Baobab Tree (by Nkiacha Atemnkeng) is a story that blends age-old African storytelling traditions with a modern twist. Set in the village of Letia, the story centers around the baobab tree, which is where the villagers come to meet with their chief and children gather to listen to storytellers. On this day, the great Uncle Jimi Solanke the storyteller visits Letia at the invitation of the chief.
This month, we interview two past winners of the competition, Nicola Coady from South Africa and Mark Mngomezulu from Swaziland. Coady, (pictured), won our September 2013 competition with her short story, Obio, about a man who embarks on a journey to the town of Boje in search of a cure for his ailment. Mngomezulu’s story, The Village Breadman, won the competition in October 2013.
Born in 1949 in Kinshasa, Zepherin Ebonzo holds degrees from the University Cheik Anta Diop, (Dakar University), University of Louvain (Belgium), and New York University (USA). For 23 years until 2003, he worked for AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Agere Systems in the areas of systems analysis, programming, database management, internal auditing, and international finance. Since then, he’s been a consultant in systems analysis and financial management for various clients, including AT&T International Network Operations, UN/FAO Iraq Mission in Amman Jordan, Stainless Integrated Fabricators, Integrated Ticketing and Billing Systems, and FEDEX Network Operations. He currently lives in Forks Township/Easton in the state of Pennsylvania, USA. In this interview, he talks about becoming a writer and what inspired his most recent book.
My name is Aggrey Sambay. I am the last born of eleven siblings born to my loving parents, Mrs. Mary Sambay and Mr. Livingstone Sambay. I was born and raised in a small town called Bomet located in the southwest part of Kenya. I relocated to Toronto, Canada in 2008. I studied at York University. […]
I was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and now live in North America. My family owned a commercial farm in Chegutu and I had a happy childhood. I was fortunate to receive a world-class education. I attended elite schools in Zimbabwe, including Martindale, Bishopslea and Arundel School. When I knew I wanted to become a writer… […]
Andrew Dakalira from Malawi is the winner of our Africa Book Club Short Reads competition for June. His entry, Perseverance, highlights the plight that many women suffer at the hands of their spouses. Etornam Agbodo from Nigeria is this month’s runner-up with his story, Half a Loaf, about a young girl’s life struggles, as she […]