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The 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing Shortlist
Learn more about the five nominees and their breathtaking short stories.
The Caine Prize for African Writing is an annual literature prize awarded to an African writer of a short story published in English. The initial prize was given in 2000 and to this day it aims to create wider international audiences for emerging African writers. This year's five nominees were named on May 16th. The winner will be announced on July 3rd.
"Blind Spot is a reckoning with presence and absence; a sturdy bridge between known and unknown, a fierce manifesto for a revolutionary way of encountering the world..."
Must Read: An Excerpt from Jesmyn Ward's Forthcoming Novel Sing, Unburied, Sing
"Pop built our house himself, narrow in the front and long, close to the road so he could leave the rest of the property wooded. He put his pigpen and his goat yard and the chicken coop in small clearings in the trees. We have to walk past the pigpen to get to the goats. The dirt is black and muddy with shit, and ever since Pop whipped me when I was six for running around the pen with no shoes on, I’ve never been barefoot out here again..."
Read the rest of this chilling excerpt over at Oxford American
The New York Times profiled the French-born Congolese author Alain Mabanckou, whose latest novel, Black Moses, will be released by The New Press on June 6th. Read the stunning profile here.
"A lot of American writing is crap. And a lot of American writers are professionals. Writing is not a profession. It’s a calling."
"Considering the impact that the colonial moment has had on African literature, it would only make sense for the experience of being colonized to also impact the texts that emerge from formerly colonized nations like Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Dominica and, of course, Trinidad and Tobago..."
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