Published by The Mantle in 2014, Gambit: Newer African Writing is a collection of short stories by emerging contemporary African writers. In addition to the stories, the anthology includes a number of author interviews that offer an in-depth insight into the authors’ personalities and experiences, concerns, hopes and dreams as they weave a path into their writing careers.
Published in 2014, by African Perspectives Publishing, Acacia is the author’s first novel. Tendai Machingaidze tackles a subject that most people go through at least once in their lifetime, love. Acacia, just like the famous tree in Africa she’s named after, is a strong and resilient kind of woman. She’s had such an eventful lifetime that she decides to write a book about it.
The story of Kintu begins in 2004, in Bwaise a slum in Kampala city prone to flooding in the rainy season. Kintu Kamu has just been murdered, mistakenly called a thief because of the unexplained appearance of fancy gadgets in his shack. Three months later, the people involved in his murder are all found dead, strewn all over the streets of Bwaise.
The opening pages of the book, The Last lifeline introduce us to Mma Kgomotso Palai as an outpatient in the physiotherapy department in St. Luke Hospital. She is also a science teacher at a private school. An accident she was involved in has left her neck broken and could as well affect the functioning of one of her hands.
Growing up in a traditional and male-chauvinistic society is no easy feat. In fact one can say that being born a woman then (and maybe now in some societies) was unfortunate as it meant having no privileges and no say whatsoever in decision making. A woman’s destiny was always decided upon by culture and fate. That’s the gist behind Amadi’s new book, Ada.
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi is a Ugandan novelist, short story writer, and poet. In 2014, Makumbi won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize for her story, Let’s Tell This Story Properly. Her doctoral novel, The Kintu Saga, won the Kwani Manuscript Project in 2013 and was published in 2014 under the title Kintu. In this interview with Africa Book Club, she talks about the importance of Africa traditions in writing and what it takes to be a successful writer.
The opening pages of Zukiswa Wanner’s latest novel are very sad but maybe this is what propels one to read on. It is evident from these pages that Martin and Germaine have always been close, but the misfortune they’ve just experienced, the self doubts and belief that they failed their only son could tear them apart. “When Zuko was born, we were ready and prepared to be parents but nothing…….prepared us for this. The loss of our child….”
Just like the title suggests, the book is set in the three cities and the story revolves around the O’Malley family. It a story told from three perspectives – with Martin and Germaine making most of the narrations.
Born in Yola, Nigeria and currently living in the United States and, Okey Ndibe is a novelist, political columnist and essayist. He also teaches African Literature at Trinity College on Hartford. Ndibe is the author of the highly acclaimed novels, Arrows of Rain and Foreign Gods Inc. In this interview with Africa Book Club, he talks about his new book, his two passions and the importance of creating time for family.
Most people, who have read White Mischief or are familiar with Kenya’s history, would have heard about the place Happy Valley.. Whereas many books have been written about the Happy Valley set and their rather scandalous lifestyle, few if any have been written about the departure of these infamous people and what has since happened to their houses, farms or properties; decades later.
This is the subject of Juliet Barnes’s book, The Ghosts of Happy Valley. Fascinated by various versions of stories she had heard about happy valley, she decides to visit the area, to find out what happened to the houses and property left by the infamous owners.
This is an amazing collection by Kari Dako, a Norwegian who has lived and worked in Ghana for many years. In fact one can conclude she is Ghanaian just by reading her book. The book was published in 2002 by Sub Saharan publishers. Even though all stories have an African background, some do focus on Ghanaian society others take us to other countries on the continent while the rest are about our visitors (white foreigners) and how we relate to them and their “strange” behaviors (Bare-Chested Men and Waiting at the Bank). As noted, the themes do vary and the book is quite fascinating, definitely a book one can read many times over.