PEN World Voices has announced its 2015 schedule, and the theme is "On Africa."
In a recent interview with the Centre for African Poetry, Egyptian novelist and "occasional poet" Youssef Rakha talked about the possibilities of greater contact between various African literatures.
Yesterday, I had a piece in Africa is a Country that makes the case for why "North Africa" (you know, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and sometimes Mauritania and Sudan) should be included in literary "Africa."
The "Etisalat Prize for Literature" -- not to be confused with the million-dirham Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children's Literature -- launches this year, calling itself "first ever pan-African prize celebrating first time writers of published fiction books."
Asymptote's fall issue is out, and features an array of work in translation, including video art from Iraqi artist Sadik Kwaish Alfraji. They haven't published much yet from the Arabic -- but they're pretty new, and certainly they're open to it. They just announced: For its first special feature in the April 2013 issue, Asymptote is inviting … Continue reading Asymptote Looking for Fiction, Poetry, and Essays by and About ‘Africa’
In the inaugural Egypt Independent , published yesterday by Al Masry Al Youm, I have a review of The Granta Book of the African Short Story, edited by Helon Habila. The collection was released this September by Granta Books. Perhaps "failure" is a bit hard on this collection, which has such radiant short stories and is … Continue reading ‘The Granta Book of the African Short Story’: A Beautiful Failure