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In Memory and Rememory: An American Appreciation of Yvonne Vera

from https://jarnettphd.weebly.com/fulbright-2017-2018/in-memory-and-rememory-an-american-appreciation-of-yvonne-veraReproduced with the permission of James Arnett[speech given by James Arnett at Pamberi Trust's 'Celebration of Yvonne Vera,' Harare, National Gallery, October 3, 2017] In Memory    There is no question that Yvonne Vera’s work holds a special place in both Zimbabwean
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The House of Menka photos of the launch of 'Moving On'

From the House of Menka Facebook pageOther photos available at https://www.facebook.com/pg/HouseofMenka/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1881826822042217Saturday the 30 of September 2017 saw the launch of ‘Moving On and Other Zimbabwean Stories' a recent publication by amaBooks Publishers. The launch was part of the Intwasa Arts Festival in Bulawayo. The book launch featured writers from the anthology
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Bulawayo Launch of 'Moving On'

Photo courtesy of Mgcini NyoniPhoto courtesy of Mgcini NyoniThe launch of 'Moving On and Other Zimbabwean Stories' at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, with a panel of four of the writers in the anthology - Bryony Rheam, John Eppel, Mzana Mthimkhulu and Tariro Ndoro - in conversation with poet Tinashe Tafirenyika and academic James Arnett.Also at the launch were two other writers in the
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Togara Muzanenhamo at the 'Days of Poetry and Wine' Festival in Slovenia

Looks as if a good time was had by all, whether due to the poetry or the wine.
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Invitation to the launch of Moving On and Other Zimbabwean Stories

Please join us.
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The 2017 Caine Prize Anthology in Zimbabwe

Just arrived from the printers - The Goddess of Mtwara - with stories from the five shortlisted for the 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing and from the eleven writers from across Africa who attended the Caine Prize Writers' Workshop.
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Interview: amaBooks, a Zimbabwean Publisher

Thoughts from Botswana by Lauri KubuitsileWritings and thoughts from Motswana writer, Lauri KubuitsileReproduced from https://thoughtsfrombotswana.blogspot.com/2017/09/amabooks-zimbabwean-publisher.htmlamaBooks, A Zimbabwean PublisheramaBooks is a respected publisher located in Bulawayo. They’ve published work by some of the most well-known Zimbabwean writers including Tendai Huchu, John Eppel,
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Tendai Huchu at Glasgow's Byres Road Book Festival

Tendai Huchu will be talking about his novel The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician at Hillhead Library, 348 Byres Road, Glasgow on Sunday 24 September from 12.30. Entrance is £3. The event is part of the Byres Road Book Festival. Tendai will be in discussion with Kaite Welsh, whose latest novel, The Wages of Sin, a historical crime novel set in the underworld of Victorian Edinburgh
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Poetry, Wine and Togara Muzanenhamo in Slovenia

If you are interested in poetry and wine, and happen to be in Slovenia this week, why not pop along to the 'Days of Poetry and Wine Festival', featuring, amongst others, Zimbabwean poet Togara Muzanenhamo.On Tuesday 22 August, Togara will read from his work with China's Ouyang Jianghe and India's Sharmistha Mohanty at the Villa Podvin in Radovljica from 19.00 to 22.00.As well as poetry, there will
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Why I Read: Raisedon Baya

My first serious read was a strange one – very strange for a young boy living right in the middle of the township. I was in Form 1 at Sobukhazi Secondary School and had just joined the Mzilikazi Community Library’s senior section. Why I joined the library when most of my friends and young boys my age were not members, and not interested in becoming members of the library, I don’t know even up
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Why I Read: Thabisani Ndlovu

I read because of two main reasons – the little pamphlets of short stories in IsiNdebele that used to be distributed at our primary school, and love for my Grade Six teacher. The first reason is perfectly safe to write about, but the second needs clearing from the Mrs. I hope to obtain “ethical” clearance sometime today. When I went to Manyewu Primary School in Bulawayo, between Grades 3 and
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Fiction and Life

Courtesy of Read Farafina on Facebook.Farafina (Kachifo Limited) published The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician in Nigeria in 2015.
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Kirillov across Cultures: The Great Zimbabwean Novel

Tendai Huchu in conversation with Jeanne-Marie JacksonDurham University, Friday 15 Sep 2017, 17.30as part of the Transnational Russian Studies seminar programmehttps://www.dur.ac.uk/owri/subprojects/events/trs/programme/ Tendai Huchu's second novel, The Maestro, the Magistrate and the Mathematician, channels Dostoevsky’s Demons at key points as it abandons an issues-based
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Dung beetles navigate via the Milky Way, and the amaBooks logo is a dung beetle

Posted by Christine Dell'Amorefrom National Geographichttp://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2013/01/24/dung-beetles-navigate-via-the-milky-way-an-animal-kingdom-first/Talk about star power—a new study shows that dung beetles navigate via the Milky Way, the first known species to do so in the animal kingdom.The tiny insects can orient themselves to the bright stripe
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“All the loose ends of Scotland”: Possessed by the City and the Past in Tendai Huchu’s The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician

 by Pauline Dodgson-Katiyo[Paper presented at the European Association for Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies (EACLALS) Conference Performing the Urban, University of Oviedo, Spain April 2017]Tendai Huchu’s novel, The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician, like the model on which it is loosely based, Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Demons, tells three inter-connected stories.
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Why I Read by Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende

Reading is an addiction. I am a slave to words beautifully strung together in eloquent notes. Reading gives me a high akin to the ecstatic experience one might get from a good dance song. As the body winds itself around the rhythm and melody and finds freedom in the deep thud of the base, so my mind gluts itself on the highs and lows, the tension and the tranquility offered up in a deeply satisfying
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Castles in the Air by Bryony Rheam

The afternoon is still bright as the electricity clicks off. The sky is a deep blue and the garden is alive with the softness of butterflies as we make the rounds of flower pots with our watering can. My little girl holds it clumsily over each mass of flowers while I hold the bottom and push it upwards so the water sprays out through the spout. The pink of the daisies contrasts starkly with the soft
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The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician reviewed in 'New Germany'

Several continents in the headIn his new novel, Tendai Huchu draws a lively panorama of the multicultural everyday life in the UKNew Germany 16 Jan 2017 Manfred LoimeierNo, the Zimbabwean writer Tendai Huchu says his new book is not a novel about immigrants in the UK.  Huchu has been living there, in Edinburgh, for several years and is known as the author of the fun-political debut novel "The
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Stories Invited for a Zimbabwean Short Story Collection

amaBooks Publishers are planning a collection of Zimbabwean short stories, to be published in 2017.  We are inviting submissions by February 14, 2017. There are no restrictions on the length of the stories, and there is no particular theme.Stories for consideration should be emailed as Word attachments, with no artwork or photographs included, to amabooksbyo@gmail.com. Unfortunately, we will be
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Why I Read by Sandisile Tshuma

Hi. My name is Sandisile Tshuma and I am an information junkie. More than ten years ago I underwent the Clifton strengths finder assessment as part of a team building exercise at the youth-focused HIV prevention organisation I had just joined.  The test revealed that one of my top five strengths was something called Input. Input was defined as having a craving to know more and people with
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Bulawayo

She is a faded beauty, an old madame who makes her face up every morning, lipstick just that little too bold, that only serves to underline the slightly trembling lip. Potholes full of stagnant rain water, faded road markings, street kids begging at the car window, soggy posters tied to trees and stuck on dustbins, advertising everything from 'bedroom cures' to wealth and prosperity. Beautiful old
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Why I Read by Christopher Mlalazi

I grew up with a natural love of story telling. This goes way back to my childhood. My father was a gifted storyteller, but not a public one as his stories were only for his family.  My father had an amazing repertoire of folklore, usually told around the fire after the evening meal in the late 70s when we lived in Old Pumula Township. There was no electricity in houses in that township then –
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The Maestro, the Magistrate and the Mathematician - a patchwork quilt for people-watchers

https://literarykitty.wordpress.com/2016/11/12/the-maestro-the-magistrate-and-the-mathematician-a-patchwork-quilt-for-people-watchers/I read Tendai Huchu’s Hairdresser of Harare many years ago and the thing I remember most about it was its sense of atmosphere and colour and brightness and heat. The man makes you feel and that makes reading easy, makes you forget you’ve been on this train
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Morland Writing Scholarship – 2016 Shortlist

The shortlist for the prestigious Morland Writing Scholarship has just been announced. Among the twenty-two shortlisted writers are two Zimbabweans, Bryony Rheam and Sandisile Tshuma, both of whom have been published by amaBooks.Percy Zvomuya is a previous Zimbabwean recipient of a Morland Writing Scholarship.Bryony RheamSandisile TshumaThis year Nigerians dominated the list. Of the twenty-two names,
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Bongani Kona, shortlisted Caine Prize writer from Zimbabwe, interviewed in the Daily News

This year’s Caine Prize anthology, The Daily Assortment of Astonishing Things has just been published in Zimbabwe for the local market by Bulawayo-based publisher, amaBooks.The publication of this collection, the fifth of the Caine anthologies published by amaBooks, the anthology, packed with accomplished story-telling, includes pieces by two Zimbabwean writers. NoViolet Bulawayo, who won the Caine
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When maestro, magistrate and mathematician meet

The Herald, November 21, 2016          www.herald.co.zwTendai Huchu, photo courtesy of 2016 Ake FestivalI don't know why I initially found it difficult to find time to do a nonstop read through Tendai Huchu's second novel, The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician. Months! Going. Stopping. Going. Stopping. Then I was happy to be finally going on forever
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5 Minutes with Tendai Huchu

Interview with Femi Aregbesola for Nigeria's pmenaija.comTendai Huchu is a Zimbabwean author best known for his novels The Hairdresser of Harare and The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician. He is heavily involved in the annual Ake Arts and Book Festival which is happening at Abeokuta from the 15th to the 19th of November, 2016.Hello Tendai, introduce yourselfI am a dude from a
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Zimbabwean Literature takes the stage in Nigeria

Tendai Huchu at Africa Writes (BAS News and Events)NoViolet Bulawayo (courtesy of Ake)Zimbabwean literature is well represented at this year's Ake Arts & Book Festival, which takes place this week in Akeokuta, Nigeria, with Zimbabwean writers Tendai Huchu, NoViolet Bulawayo and Panashe Chigumadzi taking part. Ake Festival is ‘five days of cultural immersion'. Its aim is to develop, promote and
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Why I Read by Bryony Rheam

I don’t know why some people like reading and others don’t, except somewhere along the line I think those who find reading boring haven’t been pointed in the right direction.  When I say ‘the right direction’ I don’t mean towards what is considered ‘good’ or high-brow literature, but what is enjoyable, what makes you sit immersed in another world for hour upon hour, hesitant to
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Music and Literature

Mbira MusicSome thirteen years ago a friend, a Chinese doctor of traditional medicine, told me I was never too late to learn. An old adage which in this situation referred to starting tai chi. He was right as I still practice tai chi and have taken up ku fu fan and a couple of sword forms. Not very good at any but enjoy it and it’s healthy exercise - as opposed to unhealthy! The adage continues to
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Why I Read by Bongani Kona

Bongani Kona, photo courtesy of the Caine PrizeIn December 1999, as their final act before the turn of the millennium, TIME magazine published a special issue profiling the hundred most influential people of the 20th Century. I remember casually paging through the issue and being drawn by the brief entry on Philo T. Farnsworth, the man who invented television. What really caught my interest was not
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The African Books Collective has launched 'Read African Books'

 Read African Books offers a place where people can come to read about the latest books, news, reviews and comment, on African publishing. The extracts section contains samples of John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo's poetry from Textures. You will also find a poem from each of the poets in Textures below.African Books Collective (ABC) was founded in 1989 by a group of African publishers
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Interview with Tendai Huchu, Author of The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician

ImageNations: Promoting African LiteratureToday, I bring you an interview (a discussion) with Tendai Huchu. I interviewed him when his first book The Hairdresser of Harare came out. He has published his second book: The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician. I caught up with him via Facebook and this is what ensued.Nana Fredua-Agyeman: So how did The Hairdresser of Harare do? And how
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The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician, or the Lonely Scotlanders

Reviewed by Dami Ajayi (http://wawabookreview.com/author/dami-ajayi/) Title: The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician Author: Tendai HuchuPublisher: ‘amaBooksNumber of pages: 273 Year of publication: 2014 Category: Fiction Zimbabwean writer Tendai Huchu’s second book, a novel, is called The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician, a rather mouthful title that enjoys the playful
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This Is Africa reviews The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician

Expats in Edinburgh – making a place your ownBy Farai K. Dzvairo on August 15, 2016 — In his latest novel, The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician, Tendai Huchu follows the lives of three Zimbabwean immigrants as they strive for assimilation and a sense of place.Identity, belonging and loss are the unholy trinity of the immigrant experience. Millions of Zimbabweans have
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Caine Prize for African Writing 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Caine Prize for African Writing Winner, South African writer Lidudumalingani, for his short story, 'Memories We Lost'. A writer, filmmaker and photographer, Lidudumalingani was born in the Eastern Cape province in a village called Zikhovane. He’s currently based in Cape Town.His winning story, “Memories We Lost”, explores mental health through the relationship
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On Tendai Huchu’s The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician: A Peep into an Existentialist’s Mind

Tendai’s The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician is not a book one starts reading and then discards. It is also not a book just riddled with beautiful lines and expressions. Simple in language and easy to comprehend, in what seems a full representation of Zimbabweans in the diaspora, Tendai Huchu, himself a diasporan, takes it upon himself to talk of Zimbabweans far away from home. The
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Tendai Huchu at the Balham Literary Festival

Tendai Huchu is at the Balham Literary Festival at 12.00 on Saturday 11 June, discussing 'Landscape and atmosphere' with Will Cohu and Sarah Hall."Will scrutinises ordinary working lives in his most recent novel and Tendai wonders why we mention landscape at all given the novel’s interiority; they are joined by award-winning Sarah Hall whose novel 'The Wolf Border' takes us into a more violent wilderness."For
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Pathisa Nyathi's 'Zimbabwe’s Cultural Heritage' discussed in the Sunday News

Zimbabwe’s Cultural Heritage (2005, amaBooks, Bulawayo) is a collection of essays on the culture of the Ndebele, Xhosa, Tonga, Shona, Kalanga, Nambya and Venda ethnic groups of Zimbabwe.The author offers a brief historical background for each group providing the reader with a contextual framework to appreciate and understand the various cultural practices under review. According to Nyathi,
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Tendai Huchu in Germany

 Tendai Huchu has recently finished a ten-day reading tour of Germany, promoting his novel The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician, or Maestro, Magistrat und Mathematiker.The photos below are from the event held in Dresden in Kreuzberg.Thanks to the German publishers Peter Hammer Verlag, Dante Connection and Dirk Naguschewski.The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician is available
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Ten Contemporary Poets in Sub-Saharan Africa : Writivism

Togara Muzanenhamofrom:http://writivism.org/2016/03/21/1076/By: Samira SawlaniWriter’s note: This list is just a snapshot of the poetry talent currently thriving in the African Continent, not included are the numerous poets whose poetry takes form in African languages or those that are based in Francophone Countries.Across the African continent, poetry has been part of tradition embedded in various
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AN INTERVIEW WITH TENDAI HUCHU

with Jeanne-Marie Jacksonhttp://www.bookslut.com/features/2016_03_021392.phpTendai Huchu hit all the right notes with his first book The Hairdresser of Harare, published in Zimbabwe in 2010, with a US edition now available from Ohio University Press. Set mainly in Zimbabwe's capital city (though Huchu himself now lives in Edinburgh), the novel charts the blossoming love between a male and
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Tendai Huchu at the Bare Lit Festival

(Re)writing Pasts & Futures - Enter a space of unfettered imagination as we bring together fantasy and fiction novelists Tendai Huchu, Zen Cho, Haris Durrani and Tosin Coker in an exclusive discussion chaired by genealogist Patrick Vernon OBE on Historical Fantasy, Speculative Fiction, Sci-fi and Afrofuturism.Watch the session on:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7z7GVovxpk&feature=youtu.be
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Books by Black Authors to Look Forward to in 2016

from www.theroot.comIt is no secret that “African-American women are the largest group of readers in the country,” states Dawn Davis, head of Simon & Schuster’s 37 Ink imprint. It is also no secret that the publishing world is very, very white, with books by black authors published at an abysmal low, never rising above 10 percent of the industry’s output. Indeed, a recent survey by Lee
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'The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician' published in the USA

The cover for the North American edition, published by Ohio University PressThe cover for West Africa, published by Farafina in NigeriaThe cover for Germany, to be published by Peter Hammer VerlagThe cover for Zimbabwe, published by amaBooks, and for the United Kingdom, published by Parthian BooksThe North American edition was published on February 15 as partof the Ohio University Press Modern
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'Textures' wins the 2016 National Arts Merit Award for Outstanding Fiction

John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo's poetry collaboration Textures has won the 2016 Zimbabwe National Arts Merit Award for Outstanding Fiction. The winners were announced at the awards on Saturday 13 February at 7Arts in Harare, and Togara was present to accept the award on behalf of the two writers. The other shortlisted books were:Dzinonyandura coordinated by Rabson Shumba [263 Nhetembo] Ties
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Eppel and Muzanenhamo's 'Textures' reviewed in The European English Messenger

John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo 2014. Textures. Bulawayo: 'amabooks, 91 + viii pages ISBN 9 780797 494985 (soft cover).John A StotesburyUniversity of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, FinlandThe European English Messenger, 24.2 (2015)In material terms this small volume of poetry by two Zimbabwean poets, John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo, appears modest in its scope. Its title is unpretentious: simply “Textures”,
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'Lusaka Punk', the 2015 Caine Prize anthology, reviewed in Harare News

Brian Chikwava - previous Caine Prize winnerEvery year local book lovers look forward to ’amaBooks Publishers latest anthology of short stories based on the Caine Prize for African writing. This year, the volume is named Lusaka Punk, after Zambian-born Efemia Chela’s story based on ‘teenage angst’ and a gap year spent in the internet cafés and night clubs of Lusaka. In all, there are 17 short
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'Textures' nominated for a 2016 National Arts Merit Award

John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo's poetry collaboration Textures has been nominated for a 2016 Zimbabwe National Arts Merit Award, in the Outstanding Fiction category.The other shortlisted books are:Dzinonyandura coordinated by Rabson Shumba [263 Nhetembo] Ties that Bind by Phillip K. Chidavaenzi [New Heritage Press] The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah [Faber and Faber]This is the second
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On Inspiration and How to Cook a Story: An interview with Tendai Huchu

from: http://www.parthianbooks.com/content/inspiration-and-how-cook-story-interview-tendai-huchuWed, 2016-01-20    Claire HouguezWhich writers, books or ideas have inspired you?I’ve drifted through different phases where I’m into various movements and/or writers, so it’s pretty hard to narrow down a definite inspiration. In high school I used to read pulp genre sci-fi from the
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kwaChirere reads Huchu's second novel

The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician by Tendai Huchufrom http://memorychirere.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/kwachirere-reads-huchus-second-novel_10.htmlPublished by ámaBooks, 2014,isbn:9780797495005I don't know why I initially found it difficult to find time to do a nonstop read through Tendai Huchu's second novel, The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician. Months! Going. Stopping.
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Top 12 Novels by Writers of Colour in 2015, from Mediadiversified

The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician, Tendai HuchuHaving read his debut novel ‘The Hairdresser of Harare’ I had high expectations of Tendai Huchu’s latest offering and luckily I have not been left disappointed.A witty and intelligent read, the book follows three Zimbabwean men adjusting to life in Scotland.Our magistrate re-lives his glory days while coming to terms with the
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Bryony Rheam interviewed in 'Out of Africa'

Bryony was born in Kadoma, Zimbabwe, in 1974. She spent most of her childhood in and around Bulawayo, leaving in 1993 to go to the UK. She returned to Zimbabwe in 2001 where she spent the next eight years working as an English teacher. In 2008, Bryony moved firstly to Ndola in Zambia and then to Solwezi. Bryony has had a number of short stories published in various anthologies of Zimbabwean writing,
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Kirkus Review of 'The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician'

In this much-anticipated second novel from Huchu (The Hairdresser of Harare, 2015), the lives of three Zimbabwean transplants to Edinburgh intertwine as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a foreign land.“You know why these people colonised us, right?” a friend says early on to the character known only as the Magistrate. “It’s the cold, it drives a man mad, so, when they came to
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'The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician' reviewed in Wales Arts Review

After the success of his debut, The Hairdresser of Harare (2010), Tendai Huchu’s second novel, The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician is a cleverly written, multi-layered narrative about the lives of three Zimbabwean men residing in Edinburgh, Scotland. It is set in the early-to-mid 2000s, with its characters following the political unrest in Zimbabwe under the Mugabe Regime, all the while
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Dan Wylie reviews Textures, a poetry collaboration by Zimbabwe's John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo

Commemorating sight and soundfrom: http://thisisaerodrome.com/review-textures-john-eppel-togara-muzenanhamoTextures must be one of the most unusual, even ironic, poetry collaborations to have come out of Zimbabwe in recent years. Zimbabwe’s publishing industry being in a state of near-total collapse now, amaBooks in Bulawayo represents a rare light of literary trust and hope – and this is
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Huchu to launch novel in Edinburgh - The Zimbabwean

Ellah Allfrey interviewing Tendai Huchu at the Edinburgh Festivalphoto courtesy of Petina GappahTendai Huchu is set to launch his second novel,The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician, on Friday October 30 as part of the Edinburgh Independent Radical Book Fair. The novel was published in Zimbabwe by 'amaBooks and in the UK by Parthian Books.Next month Huchu's book becomes available
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Book reaffirms Zim's poetry status

Textures, poems by John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo, reviewed in the Daily News, October 18, 2015Textures, published by Bulawayo-based amaBooks, is an innovative new poetry collection from two intriguing Zimbabwean poets: John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo.     Both poets are gurus of the technical form, formal master craftsmen of the art of poetry, here displaying a familiar
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'Long after I read it, there are moments of stillness when I begin to think about the book and how much of myself I see in it.'

Bryony RheamThe day I finally finished reading Bryony Rheam's This September Sun, sometime in September, it was the one book I wondered about how I got to the end, why it ended, and why wasn’t I a little slower as I read it.This September Sun is the most profound book I’ve read this year and for an author’s first book, I can only begin to think how this work can claim to be fiction.
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I'm Whatever You Say I Am - Tendai Huchu interviewed in the Daily News

BULAWAYO - Zimbabwean author Tendai Huchu (TH), who was shortlisted for the 2014 Caine Prize, is making a name for himself on the international scene through his fictional and non-fictional pieces.Tendai Huchu with Baaba Maalphoto courtesy of Ranka PrimoracHuchu’s second novel, ‘The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician’ has recently been published by amaBooks Publishers in Zimbabwe
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Zimbabwean Writers feature in a Celebration of Africa

from: http://www.thezimbabwean.co/2015/09/zimbabwean-writers-feature-in-a-celebration-of-africa/  Tendai Huchu and Bryony Rheam are set to take part in debates at Africa Utopia. Back for a third year Africa Utopia celebrates the arts and culture of the African continent. The festival looks at how Africa can lead the way in thinking about culture, community, business and technology and
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Tendai Huchu, the Edinburgh Festival and the Literary Death Match

Tendai Huchu and his new novel The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician are featured in two events at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on Friday 28th August.At 11am, the 2014 Caine Prize shortlisted author will read from his new novel and discuss with Ellah Wakatama Allfrey how the heritage, traditions, and vibrancy of African storytelling continue to inspire and influence his writing in the
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The Complete Review reviews The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician

The Maestro, the Magistrate & the Mathematician is set largely in Edinburgh, focusing on the three title-characters -- all 'Zimbos' (Zimbabweans) currently living in Scotland. Each chapter focuses on one of them, with every other chapter centered around the Magistrate and the other chapters not quite alternating between the Maestro and the Mathematician. There is eventually some overlap, but their
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Textures - an anthology of contrast

From www.hararenews.co.zwJune 17 2015May this year saw Bulawayo-based publishers ’amaBooks launch Textures at Book Café – an event hosted with support from British Council and the Culture Fund Trust of Zimbabwe. The anthology is by two of Zimbabwe’s leading poets – John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo. Both were there to read to a warmly receptive audience, before a discus-sion on the book led
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Tendai Huchu at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

2014 Caine Prize shortlisted author Tendai Huchu will read from his new novel, The Maestro, the Magistrate & the Mathematician, and discuss how the heritage, traditions, and vibrancy of African storytelling continue to inspire and influence his writing at the Royal Overseas League on Friday 28th August as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. A limited number of copies of Tendai's book will be
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Lusaka Punk, the 2015 Caine Prize Anthology, in Zimbabwe

Lusaka Punk and Other Stories, the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing anthology, has been published in Zimbabwe by 'amaBooks. It is available in Bulawayo from the National Gallery, Induna Arts, Orange Elephant and Book and Bean, and in Harare from the National Gallery, Avondale Bookshop and from Weaver Press.Now entering its sixteenth year, the Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa's leading
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'What Tendai Huchu Can Teach Us'

from It’s All Write, in Mmegi (Botswana)3 July, 2015by Lauri KubuitsileThe Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician is the second novel from Zimbabwean author Tendai Huchu. His first novel, The Hairdresser of Harare, was a big success, but his new book is something all together different.It is set in Edinburgh Scotland and revolves around the lives of three Zimbabwean men trying to make a new
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Owen Sheers: an interview with contemporary literature’s renaissance man

Owen Sheers has been published several times by amaBooks - his poetry in Intwasa Poetry and in Short Writings from Bulawayo III, and a short story, 'Safari', in Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe. He has visited Zimbabwe on several,occasions, and The Dust Diaries, his creative non-fiction account of the life of his great uncle, the 'maverick missionary' Arthur Shearly Cripps,  is mainly
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'I write whatever the fuck I want, whatever matters to me'

from Short Story Day Africahttp://shortstorydayafrica.org/news/i-write-whatever-the-fuck-i-want-whatever-matters-to-meTiah caught up with Tendai Huchu to discuss dividing time, philosophy, clichés and stories; long and short. TIAH: Your latest novel, The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician, has three separate narratives that are independent, yet not. Did you use
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Togara Muzanenhamo interviewed in Meander Magazine

Comfort in good times and badby Sander de Vaan The Zimbabwean poet Togara Muzanenhamo (1975) is one of the guests at the  Poetry International Festival in Rotterdam. Sander de Vaan spoke to Togara shortly before his arrival in the Netherlands.(from meander magazine.net. Translated using Google translate)How would you like to present youself to the Dutch public? I was born in
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WIN-Zimbabwe on the launch of 'Textures'

 The Writers International Network of Zimbabwe newsletter, issue no 90 of 5 June 2015, covers the launch of John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo's poetry collaboration Textures.from: http://win-zimbabwe.blogspot.com/ The Harare launch of ‘Textures’ (2014, amaBooks) an anthology of poetry written by the duo John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo did have the classic feel of writerly openness
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Online Book Club review of The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician

Official Review: The Maestro, The Magistrate & The MathematicianPost Number:#1  by whero » 14 May 2015, 04:30[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician" by Tendai Huchu.] 4 out of 4 stars Review by whero The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician by Tendai Huchu, Published by ‘amaBooks.Tendai Huchu
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Togara Muzanenhamo in Europe

Togara Muzanenhamo headed for Europe this week to take part in international poetry events. This follows the successful launches of his collaboration with John Eppel, Textures, in both Bulawayo and Harare. The poetry in Textures has been well received by those attending the launches and particularly by reviewers.Firstly, he will be in The Netherlands for the 46th Poetry International Festival Rotterdam
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'The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician' reviewed in The Standard

Book Review: The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician, by Tendai Huchu ’amaBooks, Bulawayo, 2014          ISBN: 978-0-7974-9500-5Reviewed by Fungai MachiroriThe Standard, Harare, May 17 2015Tendai Huchu’s latest novel offering is a look into the lives of three Zimbabweans as they attempt, to different extents, to assimilate into Scotland, and make meaning
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'Textures' - A reflection of diversity

WHEN two masters of the craft of poetry, regardless of any social divides, juxtapose their brilliance, the end result is a distinct, breathtaking product.https://www.newsday.co.zw/2015/05/26/textures-a-reflection-of-diversity/BY KENNEDY NYAVAYASuch can be said about the partnership of two veteran poets, John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo, who blended their creativity to compile a joint poetry anthology
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Memory Chirere reviews Textures

Reviewing ‘TEXTURES’, a collection of poems by John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo, published in 2014 by ‘amaBooks. ISBN 978-0-7974-9498-5Today, Thursday, 21 May 2015, we attend the Harare launch of Textures, a collection of poems by John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo. This will happen at the Book Café. The Bulawayo launch was sometime in March and I understand that
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Textures launched in Harare

from Panorama Magazine: http://www.panorama.co.zw/index.php/archives/115-pan-news/856-poets-launch-new-book  Togara Muzanenhamo and John Eppel were in Harare for the launch of their poetry book, Textures, published by Bulawayo-based amaBooks.The well-attended and engaging session was marked by readings from Textures by the two authors, followed by a conversation the two had with poet
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Textures, poems by John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo, to be launched in Harare

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Bryony Rheam interviewed on Courrier des Afriques

http://www.courrierdesafriques.net/2015/05/interview-bryony-rheam-africa-is-far-far-behind-in-terms-of-care-of-the-environmentBryony Rheam was born in Kadoma, Zimbabwe. Her first novel, This September Sun, was published by amaBooks in 2009. And she is currently living in Ndola, Zambia.Ake Review: Does African literature exist?Yes, I think there is a type of literature that would fall under this
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Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe reviewed in Harare News

http://www.hararenews.co.zw/2015/04/where-to-now-short-stories-from-zimbabwe/Where to Now? is a collection of 16 stories by Zimbabwean writers, published at the time of the inclusive government, hence the title. The Zimbabwean publishers ’amaBooks co-published the anthology with the UK publisher Parthian Books. The collection has been translated into isiNdebele by Thabisani Ndlovu and is titled Siqondephi
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The Examiner reviews The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician

Negotiating the terrain of The Maestro, The Magistrate & The MathematicianReviewed by Rosetta Codling on www.examiner.com, April 30 2015http://www.examiner.com/review/negotiating-the-terrain-of-the-maestro-the-magistrate-the-mathematicianRating:*****Author: Tendai HuchuTitle: The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician, 2014 Genre: NovelComfort level: Free flowing readingFascinating
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Tendai Huchu’s The Maestro, The Magistrate, & The Mathematician – An African Novel and Then Some.

Posted on April 29, 2015 by Jeanne-Marie Jacksonhttp://slipnet.co.za/view/reviews/tendai-huchus-the-maestro-the-magistrate-the-mathematician-an-african-novel-and-then-some/Dostoevsky’s book Demons, about an intellectual “circle” in pre-Revolutionary Russia, is a novel of ideas. This is not a term one hears thrown around much in the many current debates about African writing, and
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Tendai Huchu interviewed on Geosi Reads

Interview with Zimbabwean Writer, Tendai Huchufrom Geosi Reads: A World of Literary Pieceshttps://geosireads.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/interview-with-zimbabwean-writer-tendai-huchu/Photo: Tendai HuchuBrief Biography:Tendai Huchu’s first novel, The Hairdresser of Harare, was released in 2010 to critical acclaim, and has been translated into German, French, Italian and Spanish. His multi-genre
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'The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician' reviewed on 'Bookmuse'

The Maestro, the Magistrate and the Mathematician by Tendai Huchureviewed on www.bookmuse.co.ukThursday, 23 April 2015Reviewer: JJ MarshWhat we thought: The stories of three Zimbabwean men in Edinburgh is intriguing and unusual. The Magistrate used to dispense justice back home. Here, he cleans the toilet. The Mathematician makes money and indulges himself in the belief he won’t be here
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The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician reviewed on 'pettywitter'

THE MAESTRO, THE MAGISTRATE & THE MATHEMATICIAN by TENDAI HUCHU.Reviewed by Tracy Terry, 16 April 2015http://pettywitter.blogspot.com/2015/04/the-maestro-magistrate-mathematician.htmlBACK COVER BLURB: Three very different men struggle with thoughts of belonging, loss, identity and love as they attempt to find a place for themselves in Britain. The Magistrate tries to create new memories
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Textures, poems by John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo, reviewed on www.examiner.com

Zimbabwean textures: the poetry of John Eppel and Togara MuzanenhamoReviewed by Rosetta Codlinghttp://www.examiner.com/review/zimbabwean-textures-the-poetry-ofjohn-eppel-and-togara-muzanenhamoRating: *****Title: Textures, 2014, http://www.alibris.com/Textures-John-Eppel/book/29750278?matchesFormat: PaperbackGenre: PoetryCountry of origin: ZimbabweFascinating note: Togara Muzanenhamo
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Eppel a literary giant - Southern Eye

John Eppel interviewed for Southern Eye, following the Bulawayo launch of his latest poetry collaboration, Textures, with Togara Muzanenhamofrom: http://www.southerneye.co.zw/2015/03/31/eppel-a-literary-giant/BULAWAYO poet, teacher, critic and writer John Eppel has achieved a lot and continues to impress in Zimbabwe’s literary landscape.SHARON SIBINDIOWN CORRESPONDENTHis attachment to people
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On Ideas and Stuff - Tendai Huchu

On Ideas And Stuff The following article was written by Tendai Huchu.from: www.culturefund.org.zwWhere do your ideas come from? There isn’t a writer who hasn’t been hit by this question at one literary event or the other. This month I published The Worshipful Company of Milliners, a speculative fiction story in Interzone, Britain’s oldest SF magazine. The story is about writers’
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'Textures' reviewed by David Mungoshi on www.panorama.co.zw

Textures: Poems by John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo, Published by amaBooksHistorically-speaking, the armed conflict that ushered in the new nation of Zimbabwe in 1980 is still a very recent series of events.  Thirty-four odd years may be quite a chunk in the life of an individual, but are only a very negligible proportion of a nation’s life. Not surprisingly, therefore, there are many
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Tendai Huchu on the BBC

Tendai Huchu talks to Bola Mosuro about his novel 'The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician' on Africa Today on the BBC, and reads an excerpt from the book.Click here to listen to Tendai on the BBC
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'The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician' reviewed in The Sunday Mail

In search for an identityhttp://www.sundaymail.co.zw/?p=27868, Sunday Mar 15 2015by Andrew MoyoOVER the years, there has been a massive exodus of Zimbabweans relocating to the diaspora in search of “greener pastures”, however word has it that it’s not always green on the other side.Some go there to further their education, while some go there to work.Despite the fact that many people who have
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'Textures', reviewed by Philani Amadeus Nyoni in Urban Culxure

http://urbanculxure.com/2015/03/textures-by-john-eppel-togara-muzanenhamo-review/Mar 13, 2015Textures is a collection of poetry by John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo published by Amabooks in 2014. The book launches is at CBC on the 18th of March and at Indaba Book Café on the 19th. Award winning poet Philani Amadeus Nyoni reviews it here.John Eppel comes into Textures with over a dozen publications
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Tendai Huchu interviewed on 'Reading Has Purpose'

Welcome Tendai! I’m glad you stopped by Reading Has Purpose! Your first novel, The Hairdresser of Harare, is on my to-read list. Before I could even read it, you’re back with novel number two! So let’s get to it!RHP: Is The Maestro, The Magistrate, & The Mathematician a book you’ve wanted to write for some time or did the idea just come to you?TH: It took about
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Two launches for 'Textures' in Bulawayo

John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo's poetry anthology Textures is to be launched at two events in Bulawayo: at Christian Brothers College on 19 March, and at Indaba Book Cafe on 20 March. At each, both poets will read from their work in the book.The book will be launched later this year in Harare."In Textureswe have two poets who make magic, two ‘heart poets’ who share a mastery of words, but who
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The myth of Marechera has become louder than his literature

from: Sunday Trust, Nigeriahttp://www.dailytrust.com.ng/sunday/index.php/the-arts/19736-the-myth-of-marechera-has-become-louder-than-his-literaturePublished on Sunday, 01 March 2015 Written by Abubakar Adam IbrahimZimbabwean author Tendai Huchu, author of the well received The Hairdresser of Harare is at it again. He has a new book out. It is called The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician
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Bryony Rheam Interviewed on Steppes in Sync

THIS KADOMA, ZIMBABWE-BORN NOVELIST, MOM OF TWO, TEACHES US THE VALUE OF NETWORKING EACH TIME SHE CROSSES INTRA-AFRICAN BORDERSMARCH 2, 2015 STEPPES IN SYNCNo one ever expects to actually know a writer. Well, not a good writer anyway. Writers are faraway people who sit in some distant land penning novels surrounded by the mists of secrecy. A writer is not your next door neighbour, nor your colleague
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John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo's 'Textures' available as an ebook

'Textures' is now available as an ebook, as well as a paperback, through the African Books Collective, Amazon and many other websites.'Textures' contains new poems by Eppel and Muzanenhamo, including Eppel's Hillside Dams in Bulawayo sonnet sequence, Christmas in Bulawayo and a section of poems about Zimbabwean birds. As well as having an international flavour,  Muzanenhamo also has poems set
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John Eppel interviewed on 'Steppes in Sync'

ZIMBABWEAN LITERATURE SEGREGATED NO MORE. MORE THAN 30 YEARS AFTER INDEPENDENCE, TEXTURES, A POETRY COLLABORATION, BLENDS HISTORY WITH THE MOMENTFEBRUARY 7, 2015 STEPPES IN SYNC http://steppesinsync.com/2015/02/07/zimbabwean-literature-segregated-no-more-more-than-30-years-after-independence-textures-a-poetry-collaboration-blends-history-with-the-moment/As part of our African Literature as Creative
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Zimbabwean novel crosses borders: Southern Eye

TENDAI Huchu’s second novel The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician that was produced by ’amaBooks is set to be published outside the country later this year.SHARON SIBINDIOWN CORRESPONDENT, SOUTHERN EYE. February 13, 2015The book is to be published in the West African countries of Nigeria and Cameroon and is set to be translated and published in Germany and Italy, while discussions
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'The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician' reviewed in Harare News

I first went to Edinburgh, Scotland to visit Tendai Huchu, with whom I had been buddies on social media, in 2012. He came to pick me at Waverley rail station, situated in a steep, narrow valley between the medieval Old Town and the 18th century New Town and we would traverse between the two.Scotland’s capital city is a place of culture and literature. The heart of the city, a World Heritage Site,
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Tendai Huchu interviewed, from www.b00kr3vi3ws.in

from http://www.b00kr3vi3ws.in/Tendai Huchu’s first novel, The Hairdresser of Harare, was released in 2010 to critical acclaim, and has been translated into German, French and Italian. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The Manchester Review, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Interzone, Gutter, AfroSF, Wasafiri, Warscapes, The Africa Report, Kwani? and numerous other publications.
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'Long Time Coming' reviewed in the Herald - from a very different perspective

‘Long Time Coming’ : hope and the role of the artist January 26, 2015 Features, Opinion & Analysis@ the Bookstore With Elliot Ziwira in The Herald, Zimbabwehttp://www.herald.co.zw/long-time-coming-hope-and-the-role-of-the-artist/“LONG Time Coming” (2008), edited by Jane Morris and published by amaBooks, chronicles the mundane and sordid experiences of the common man, as he stoically
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Why We Should all be Listening to Zim Dancehall

photo of Soul Jah Love by T. Ndabambi/zimbojam.comThe two most significant musical movements to challenge Sungura’s dominance in Zimbabwean popular culture have been Urban Grooves and, what at one time could have been seen as its appendage, Zim Dancehall.While Urban Grooves had a head start, getting heavy rotation on the airwaves after Jonathan Moyo’s 70% local content decree, it now lags behind
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The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician reviewed in Gateway for Africa

From gatewayforafrica.comTendai Huchu announced his arrival on the literary scene with his novel The Hairdresser Of Harare, in his second offering, The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician he follows the precedent he set in his Caine Prize shortlisted story The Intervention by setting it in the diaspora.The setting is Scotland, Edinburgh; the plot revolves around the lives of three Zimbabwean
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Tendai Huchu interviewed in steppesinsync.com

This is probably the first time you hear from Tendai Huchu in 2015 — and Scotland’s best Zimbabwean author vows to drop postmodern narrative artifices by 2034From: steppesinsync.comSteppes in Sync’s own Andy Kozlov @KozlovAndy talks to Zimbabwe’s Scotland-based writer Tendai Huchu about the newly released novel The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician (Get Print Copy on Amazon).The
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Textures, poems by John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo published

The collaboration between two of Zimbabwe's foremost poets, John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo, has been published.Textures weaves together poems from the two poets, "weaving words, making some sort of music.” Drew Shaw in his introduction to the collection notes that 'To read Textures is to see how Eppel and Muzanenhamo are in many ways similar yet also interestingly different. What connects them
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Tendai Huchu's 'The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician' Published in Zimbabwe

Tendai Huchu's second novel has been published by 'amaBooks, and is available in outlets across Zimbabwe. It will soon be available elsewhere through the African Books Collective.Set mainly in the Scottish capital Edinburgh, The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician introduces us to the three Zimbabweans of the title who each struggle to find a place for themselves far from home and the world
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Together reviewed in Harare News

Together celebrates the writing of two of Zimbabwe’s veteran authors, the late Julius Chingono and John Eppel. In Together, the Bulawayo-based publishers, ’amaBooks bridge the gulf between the black and white literary traditions. Interestingly, it is the crisis of the past decade that seems to have revealed elements of shared experience across racial lines.Chingono brings a distinctive
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"Stories are far more important than facts": Bryony Rheam on researching and writing This September Sun

Looking back on my debut novel, This September Sun, I am conscious of how ambitious a project it was. It is a long book and it took a long time to write, but it also needed a fair amount of research. Researching the past, even if it is only the 1940s, is not as easy in Zimbabwe as it may be in a place like Britain. There are not many books either written about or set in the time. Those that are,
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Novuyo Rosa Tshuma's 'Shadows' longlisted for Etisalat Prize

Photograph courtesy Fungai MachiroriNovuyo Rosa Tshuma's debut novella and short story collection, Shadows, has been longlisted for the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature. Novuyo's stories have appeared in several anthologies, including the 'amaBooks anthologies Silent Cry: Echoes of Young Zimbabwe Voices and Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe. Shadowscontains Novuyo's short story, 'Crossroads',
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The Gonjon Pin reviewed

The Gonjon Pin and other stories - Tendai Huchu shortlisted for prestigious Caine Prize awardby Diana RodriguesA version of this review appeared in Harare NewsBefore you turn the first page of ’amaBooks  latest offering to the literary world, The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories, spare a thought for the distinguished panel of judges who will have taken time off from their full-time jobs to read
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On Writing - Bryony Rheam

from: http://bryonyrheam.blogspot.com/Bryony's BlogI think one of the hardest things about writing a novel is convincing others you are up to the job. For some reason, saying you want to be a writer is akin to saying you want to be an astronaut or a brain surgeon.  You get that look – you know the one adults use with children?  Oh, that’s nice!And really you know they’re
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Bryony Rheam at the 2014 Ake Festival

Zimbabwean writer Bryony Rheam will be one of the writers at this year's Ake Festival in Nigeria. Her debut novel, This September Sun, published by 'amaBooks in Zimbabwe, is a set text for 'A' level literature in English students in Zimbabwe and, last year, it topped the sales charts on Amazon in the United Kingdom. 'amaBooks have published the last three Caine Prize anthologies, African Violet, A
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Tendai Huchu: Something about my new book

I suppose this writing thing revolves on some sort of twin axis; A is made up of faith and B, doubt. You are in your garret; you scribble away, or, in my case, pound on a keyboard for a couple of years. You hope the words you’re producing and grouping together in the form of sentences, paragraphs and chapters have some meaning, a deeper core to them. But you’re not smart enough to decipher this
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A Busy Month for a Zimbabwean Poet

Togara Muzanenhamo is to launch two books of poetry and to complete a reading tour of the United Kingdom. Textures, Togara's collaboration with Bulawayo poet John Eppel, is to be published in Zimbabwe by 'amaBooks Publishers, and Gumiguru is to be published in the United Kingdom by Carcanet Press.The reading tour started on October 1 at The Barbican Library, London, in celebration of National
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amaBooks at Amagugu

Pathisa Nyathi has opened the Amagugu International Heritage Centre at the Chapo Business Centre, at Whitewaters in the Matopos, some 60 kilometres from Bulawayo on the road to Kezi. 'amaBooks exhibited some of their books at the event held at the Centre for the Comba Indlu Ngobuciko - My Beautiful Home Prize Giving Ceremony.
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Memory Chirere reviews The Gonjon Pin

Published by amaBooks of Zimbabwe and several other publishers, The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories is a collection of short stories by African writers shortlisted for the Caine Prize 2014 and from the Caine Prize annual writing workshop held in Zimbabwe during the same year.On receiving this anthology just before the Harare launch, I quickly notice that it is a massively solid book. I am intimidated.
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Elle Magazine reviews The Gonjon Pin

How about first impressions? Do they still count? When it comes to short stories, especially the 2014 edition of The Caine Prize for African Writing, there are 17 introductions to stories, and therefore 17 first impressions. In total, 140 stories were submitted to make this, the 15th annual Caine Prize shortlist, which was announced by Nobel Prize winner and patron of the Caine Prize, Professor
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The Gonjon Pin launched in Harare

Harare’s Book Café attracted a capacity audience for the launch of the 2014 Caine Prize anthology, The Gonjon Pin, where four of the authors – Isabella Matambanadzo, Violet Masilo, Lawrence Hoba and Philani Nyoni – were in attendance to read from their work, sign copies of the book and to discuss issues relating to their writing and the Caine Prize.The authors responded to a variety of questions,
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Caine Prize anthologies as ebooks in Zimbabwe

The 2012, 2013 and 2014 Caine Prize anthologies - African Violet, A Memory This Size and The Gonjon Pin - are all available as ebooks in Zimbabwe through shop.mazwi.co. Also on the new website are other 'amaBooks titles by Pathisa Nyathi, Bryony Rheam, John Eppel, Christopher Mlalazi and others. More titles are to follow soon.
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The Gonjon Pin to be launched in Harare

The Gonjon Pin and other stories, the 2014 Caine Prize anthology, is to be launched in Harare at the Book Cafe, 139 Samora Machel, at 5.30pm on Thursday 14 August. All Welcome, Free Admission.The book features short stories from the winner of the 2104 prize, Kenya's Okwiri Oduor, from the other four shortlisted writers and from the twelve writers from across Africa who participated in the 2014 Caine
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The Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2014 and 'amaBooks

Lawrence Hoba with his copy of The Gonjon Pin 'amaBooks had a stand in Harare Gardens displaying their books as part of the Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2014.'Best sellers' at the stand were the books that were available for the first time in Harare - the 2014 Caine Prize Anthology The Gonjon Pin and the collection of stories and poems by students at King George VI School and Centre for Disabled
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Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe reviewed in Harare News

http://www.hararenews.co.zw/2014/07/long-time-coming-short-writings-from-zimbabwe/There is more to Zimbabwe than is often portrayed in the media. I recently came across the collection of short stories and poems Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe, there are contributions from thirty-three writers and, although there are pieces about squalor, poverty and the desperate lives of people,
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amaBooks at ZIBF 2014

Caine Prize shortlisteesamaBooks will be at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2014, from Wednesday July 30 to Saturday  August 2. Titles on display at our stand will include, fresh from the printers, the new Caine Prize for African Writing anthology, The Gonjon Pin, which features seven Zimbabwean writers - Tendai Huchu (shortlisted for the 2014 Prize), Lawrence Hoba, Violet Masilo, Isabella
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The Caine Circus: Tendai Huchu

The circus is over, the gorilla is returned to his pen, the tents are folded and the pool bulldozed, drunk poets feast on chicken and a disembodied head crowns the queen of the fair. I really should stop here, but I have more to say, coz this Caine thing was super-dope. At the Caine Circus: Tendai Huchu,  Diane Awerbuck, Okwiri Oduor, Billy Kahora and Efemia Chela In The Ghastly
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Okwiri Oduor wins the Caine Prize 2014

Okwiri Oduor and Novuyo Tshuma in NairobiKenyan writer Okwiri Oduor has won the 2014 Caine Prize for African Writing, for her short story My Father's Head. The award was announced at a glittering event at the Bodleian Library in Oxford on Monday July 14. The Caine Prize, worth £10,000, is open to writers from anywhere in Africa for work published in English. Its focus is on the short story, reflecting
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'amaBooks Writers at the Worlds Literature Festival

Three writers published by 'amaBooks, Togara Muzanenhamo, Owen Sheers and NoViolet Bulawayo, participated in the 2014 Worlds Literature Festival in June in Norwich in the United Kingdom. The five-day event, the 10th such Festival, is organised by the Writers' Centre in Norwich. This year's event featured 37 writers from around the world, including JM Coetzee, Ivan Vladislavic, Julia Franck, Xiaolu
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50 Books By African Women That Everyone Should Read

Bryony Rheam's debut novel, 'This September Sun', has been chosen as one of the 50 books by African women that everyone should read before they die. The list has been compiled by Dele Meiji Fatunia and Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed ahead of Africa Writes - the Royal African Society's annual literary festival - which is possibly the UK's largest celebration of African books and literature.Bryony joins other
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Small Friends launched at King George VI School

Small Friends and other stories and poems, a compendium of 35 short stories and poems written by students at King George VI School and Centre for Physically Disabled Children, has been launched to an audience of students at KGVI.The collection gave the students the opportunity to have their voices heard and to tell the stories that they wanted told. Some of the stories and poems tell the stories
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Bryony Rheam wins Agatha Christie Competition

Zimbabwean writer Bryony Rheam has won the May ‘Write Your Own Christie’ competition. The prize? Dinner in London with Agatha Christie’s grandson and with Agatha Christie's British and American publishers.The competition involves writing a chapter of a novel in the style of Agatha Christie, following on from the chapters of previous winners. The competition is run on a monthly basis and has been
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Inside/Out with Zimbabwean novelist, Tendai Huchu

by Bev Clark on May 27, 2014 on Kubatana.netfrom: http://www.kubatana.net/2014/05/27/1675/insideout-zimbabwean-novelist-tendai-huchu/Describe yourself in five words?Neurotic, funny, clumsy, thoughtful, determined.What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?I never take advice. Once I matured a bit and realised that (in the adult world at least) no one actually knew what they were
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ebooks in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has an online ebook shop - Mazwi - which will feature most 'amaBooks titles. At present, the site is undergoing testing, but a sample of ebooks can be bought online - by Ecocash. Telecash, Visa or Zimswitch Debit/Credit card.The books can be read on any Adobe Digital Editions compatible reading app for your Apple, Windows or Android device.Please take a look at: http://shop.mazwi.co
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Small Friends: Stories and Poems by Students of King George VI School and Centre for Physically Disabled Children Published

The short stories and poems in this collection were written by students at King George VI School and Centre for Physically Disabled Children in Zimbabwe's second city, Bulawayo. HIV and AIDS have had a devastating effect on all the communities of Zimbabwe, and those with disabilities have not been exempt from the effects of the virus, as is reflected in many of the pieces in this collection. The book
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2014 Caine Prize Shortlist includes Zimbabwe's Tendai Huchu

The Caine Prize 2014 shortlist, announced by Nobel laureate and prize patron Wole Soyinka in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, as part of the UNESCO World Book Capital celebrations, is Diane Awerbuck (SA), Efemia Chela (Ghana), Tendai Huchu (Zim), Billy Kahora (Kenya), Okwiri Oduor (Kenya).The stories by the shortlisted writers, together with those by the writers at the Caine Prize workshop recently
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A visit to St Werburgh school in the Bvumba, by Bryony Rheam

from:http://caineprize.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/a-visit-to-st-werburgh-school-in-bvumba.htmlThe Bvumba is a special place for me: as a child, my family spent many holidays there and I have lots of special memories of long walks through the jungly terrain, sitting next to a huge open fire in the evenings and watching the mist rise as the sun came up in the morning.  In 1981, we lived
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A Memory This Size: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2013

From: Harare News, Issue 9, April 2014Review by Tinashe MushakavanhuTinashe is a writer and editor. He read for a PhD in English at the University of KentThe quality of the Caine Prize anthologies is always mixed but the gift of the Caine Prize to Africa has been to create a platform to share the continent’s rich terrain of stories and contradictions. The book is in two sections. The first part comprises
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Africa39 List includes Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

We were thrilled to learn today that Novuyo Rosa Tshuma is included in the Africa39 list - a list of 39 of the most promising African writers of fiction from sub-Saharan Africa under the age of 40. The Africa39 Project was set up as a key part of the programmes and celebrations of Port Harcourt UNESCO World Book Capital 2014. The project is a partnership between the Hay Festival of Literature, the
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Siqondephi Manje? launched in Bulawayo

The launch of the translation of ’amaBooks collection of short stories Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe into the isiNdebele version Siqondephi Manje?Indatshana zaseZimbabwe  took place at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Saturday March 29.The book launch was supported by Bulawayo Agenda and coincided with the Zimbabwe International Book Fair taking place at the Large
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Caine Prize Writing Workshop 2014: Interview with Publisher, Jane Morris

amaBooks holds a lot of significance for me, personally, as the first publisher to accept my work aged 22. Every time Jane Morris (amaBooks co-founder) and I meet, the exchanges are effervescent and full of laughter. Here, I interview her ahead of the currently ongoing Caine Prize for African Writing Workshop. Read an article about the workshop here.Fungai Machirori (FM): How  is business
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Launch of Siqondephi Manje? Indatshana zaseZimbabwe

with readings from their stories by Raisedon Baya, Mzana Mthimkhulu and Thabisani Ndlovu, and a reading of NoViolet Bulawayo's story by Sithandazile Dube.
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Caine Prize Workshop 2014: Interview with Director Lizzy Attree

from http://fungaineni.com Snippets of this interview appeared in an article published this week ahead of the Caine Prize for African Writing Workshop happening in Zimbabwe this year.Fungai Machirori (FM): Why is the Caine Prize returning to Zimbabwe? How was the decision arrived at?Lizzy Attree (LA): The Caine Prize has long wanted to hold a workshop in Zimbabwe and support Zimbabwean
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"Giant Leap for Zimbabwean Literature in Ndebele" - KwaChirere

Thabisani Ndlovu of Witwatersrand University has translated 'Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe,' from English to Ndebele. It becomes: 'Siqondephi Manje? Indatshana zaseZimbabwe.' The translation, like the original collection of 2011 by ’amaBooks of Bulawayo, features stories by sixteen writers: Raisedon Baya, NoViolet Bulawayo, Diana Charsley, Mapfumo Clement Chihota, Murenga Joseph
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Golden Baobab Prize for African Children's Literature 2014

The 2014 Golden Baobab Prizes have been launched and are calling for submissions. This year, Golden Baobab will award 6 prizes worth $20,000. These 6 prizes are:•                The $5,000 Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Book•               
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Siqondephi Manje?, the translation into Ndebele of Where to Now?, published

Siqondephi Manje? Indatshana zaseZimbabwe is the translation, by Dr Thabisani Ndlovu of Witwatersrand University, into Ndebele of Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe.The collection features stories by sixteen writers: Raisedon Baya, NoViolet Bulawayo, Diana Charsley, Mapfumo Clement Chihota, Murenga Joseph Chikowero, John Eppel, Fungai Rufaro Machirori, Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende, Christopher
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Caine Prize returns to Zimbabwe in its fifteenth year

The Caine Prize for African Writing will return to Zimbabwe in its fifteenth year to hold its annual workshop this month. The inaugural Caine Prize was awarded to Leila Aboulela in 2000, at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair in Harare.Thirteen writers from seven African countries will convene at the Leopard Rock Hotel for twelve days (21 March - 2 April) to write, read and discuss work in progress
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The African novel is too political? Tendai Huchu

THE AFRICAN NOVEL IS TOO POLITICAL?from http://www.afrofutures.com/magazine/african-political/ JANUARY 23, 2014 BOOKS & POETRY / FEATURES / OPINION / POLITICS / REVIEWS / by  Tendai HuchuIn the last few years, or has it always been the case, it has become fashionable for critics and readers to grumble about the overt socio-political dimension of most African fiction. They have complained
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2013 Caine Prize for African Writing anthology, A Memory This Size, reviewed

Diaspora writers dominating the Caine PrizeBy Rob GaylardA feature of this year's Caine Prize collection of stories, A Memory this Size and Other Stories (Jacana in South Africa, 'amaBooks in Zimbabwe), is the prominence of what one might call diasporic stories, such as Tope Folarin's prize-winning story, Miracle. Given the salience of novels like Brian Chikwava's Harare North and NoViolet Bulawayo's
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More 'amaBooks titles available in South Africa through Mega Books

Bryony Rheam's novel 'This September Sun', John Eppel's collection of stories and poems 'White Man Crawling' and 'Intwasa Poetry', which features poets who have read at the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo, are now available in South Africa through the website megabooks.co.za.The books join other 'amaBooks titles already on the website - 'Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe', 'Where to Now?:
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A Memory This Size: The Caine Prize Anthology 2013 reviewed

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold,” said WB Yeats in his poem The Second Coming, his words famously echoed in the title of Chinua Achebe’s groundbreaking 1958 novel. But does the centre still hold? Is Western tradition still the centre, for literature, after all?At first inspection – and bearing in mind that NoViolet Bulawayo’s Booker-nominated We Need New Names and
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'Together' reviewed by Mbongeni Malaba in the English Academy Review

Combining the poems and short stories of the late Julius Chingono and John Eppel, the book, Together, focuses principally on the trials and tribulations of Zimbabweans during the last decade or so. Chingono read his poetry at the Poetry International Festival in the Netherlands and at Poetry Africa in Durban. The title, Together, resonates with significance: the racially charged atmosphere
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