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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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Remembering Julius Chingono, 6 years gone

 Tired FeetA man arrivedin a park,kicked off shoelace-less shoesfrom his fetid feet.Tired feet stared at a notice written –‘stay off the grass’.Lush grass sneezed,the smell of dirty feetchoked its shoots.The legs bent and creaked –we cannot go further.The man droppedto sleep on an empty stomach.and then there was his humour...DrunkIn the photographI was so drunkthat I would stagger
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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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'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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'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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Togara Muzanenhamo a finalist for African Poetry Prize

The three finalists for books chosen for the 2015 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry are Zimbabwe's Togara Muzanenhamo for 'Gumiguru', South Africa's Kobus Moolman for 'A Book of Rooms' and, again from South Africa, Joan Metererkamp for 'Now the World Takes These Breaths'. Gumiguru, published by Carcanet Press in the United Kingdom, is Muzanenhamo's second  collection. His most recent,
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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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'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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'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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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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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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'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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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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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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Togara Muzanenhamo on the BBC and at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival

Zimbabwean poet, Togara Muzanenhamo, whose forthcoming poetry collaboration with John Eppel, Textures, is to be published by 'amaBooks, read his short story, 'The Silt Path', on BBC Radio 4 on 10 November, and participated in the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival the same weekend.You can listen to the short story, for the next four weeks, on:http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04nqv74Togara's poetry, below, was
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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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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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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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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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'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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More amaBooks as ebooks

Books from the amaBooks backlist have now been added to the list of titles available as ebooks through the African Books Collective.https://www.africanbookscollective.com/publishers/amabooks
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NoViolet Bulawayo makes Booker long list

from www.parthianbooks.comCongratulations to all of this year's Booker longlisted authors. We're excited to see NoViolet Bulawayo, a Zimbabwean author whose work previously appeared in Parthian's anthology of Zimbabwean short stories Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe, recognised for her first novel We Need New Names. Her longlisted novel, We Need New Names (Chatto and Windus) follows Darling
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Telling Zim story through literature

 from Daily News. Sunday May 19, 2013BULAWAYO‑BASED co‑director of amaBooks Publishers Brian Jones believes they have made a contribution to Zimbabwe's literature industry for the past decade despite a decade of economic hardships in the country.AmaBooks is one of the few publishing houses in the country that have given space to both upcoming and established writers and the
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amaBooks to translate book into isiNdebele

The Chronicle, 27 May 2013AMABOOKS, the publishers of the story anthology, Where to Now?: Short Stories from Zimbabwe, are working on translating the book from the English language to isiNdebele to help promote the language.The book would be titled Siqondephi Manje, Indatshana ZaseZimbabwe.It is a collection of 16 short stories from Zimbabwean writers, the majority of them from Bulawavo.In
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Eppel’s acid satire finds new purchase in Zim

from South Africa’s Mail&Guardian, 5 April 2013Dismissed as a 'settler' in the early decades in Zimbabwe’s independence, the Bulawayo-based writer has started to resonate with young Zimbabweans.Given the exotic flowers in his oeuvre, especially in the poems, it is surprising to find John Eppel’s garden in the crackle-dry suburb of Hillside, Bulawayo, dominated by
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'amaBooks at ZIBF in Bulawayo 2013

’amaBooks are at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair in Bulawayo on Friday 22and Saturday 23 March. The theme of this year’s fair is ‘ZIBF@30: Enabling Creativity, Writing, Publishing and Reading for Africa’s Growth’. We will have a stand throughout the fair at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo, displaying not only our own publications but also those of other publishers, including
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'Together' reviewed in the Mid-West Book Review

  http://www.midwestbookreview.com/lbw/jul_11.htmWith nothing in common, they find they have everything in common. "Together" is a collection of short fiction from Julius Chingono & John Eppel, two writers in Zimbabwe who come together to share different world perspectives, united in their disgust at the abuse of power for greed and hopes for their people. A fine assortment
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Narrating the Zimbabwean nation: a conversation with John Eppel

John Eppel interviewed in Scrutiny2: Issues in English Studies in AfricaVolume 17. Issue 1, 2012AbstractIn this interview, John Eppel, a veteran of Zimbabwean writing, confirms his reputation as an “angry jester”, determined to expose what he describes as “humbug”, wherever he sees it. With his satires, Eppel has stirred the national literature with subversive laughter, ridiculing both Rhodesian
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'amaBooks titles now available in South African copy shops

Several 'amaBooks publications can now be legally printed in copy shops across South Africa, through Paperight. Paperight is a website that lets a copy shop, at present only in South Africa, print books for customers legally and quickly. Customers probably already ask the shop to photocopy books for them, but it’s illegal to copy without permission. Paperight gives the outlet a legal
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'amaBooks as e-books through the African Books Collective

The African Books Collective now sell 'amaBooks e-books on their website http://www.africanbookscollective.com/publishers/amabooksDancing with Life: Tales from the TownshipHatchingsIntwasa PoetryLong Time Coming: Short Writings from ZimbabweShort Writings from BulawayoShort Writings from Bulawayo IIShort Writings from Bulawayo IIISilent Cry: Echoes of Young Zimbabwe VoicesWhite Man CrawlingZimbabwe's
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Where to Now? review in The Zimbabwean

Where To Now?Published by amaBooksGenre - FictionReview by Jeráfrom http://www.thezimbabwean.co.uk/entertainment/art-and-literature/60080/where-to-now.htmlWhere To Now?Short Stories from Zimbabwe, published by ’amaBooks and edited by Jane Morris, is an anthology of 16 potent short stories by Zimbabwean writers. It is the 5th anthology in the short writings series that have been released by
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Another Award for John Eppel

John Eppel has won the Literature Award at the 2012 Zimbabwe Achievers Awards, announced in London on Saturday 28 April, for his short story Triptych.John won the MNet Prize for his first novel DGG Berry's The Great North Road and the Ingrid Jonker Award for his first poetry collection Spoils of War. His second novel, Hatchings, published by 'amaBooks in 2004, was shortlisted for the MNet Prize and
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Togara Muzanenhamo to represent Zimbabwe at "the biggest gathering of poets in world history".

Togara Muzanenhamo has been chosen to represent Zimbabwe at what is being called the biggest gathering of poets in world history, the 2012 Poetry Parnassus in London, where it is hoped a poet will participate from each of the countries taking part in the London Olympics. Togarastudied in France and The Netherlands. After his studies he returned to Zimbabwe and worked as a journalist,
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Four of the five shortlisted writers for the Literature Award at the 2012 Zimbabwe Achievers Awards had stories published in the 'amaBooks collection Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe.Novuyo Rosa Tshuma was first published by 'amaBooks in Echoes of Young Voices, and subsequently in Silent Cry: Echoes of Young Zimbabwe Voices. Mzana Mthimkhulu's short stories have appeared in each of the earlier
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amaBooks on Kobo and Kindle

Several amaBooks titles are now available as ebooks at $9.99 on the Kobo and Kindle websites (www.kobobooks.com and www.amazon.com/kindlestore).The titles are Short Writings from Bulawayo I, II and III, Intwasa Poetry, Silent Cry: Echoes of Young Zimbabwe Voices, Hatchings, White Man Crawling and Zimbabwe's Cultural Heritage. More to follow.
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Liesl Jobson reviews 'Together'

‘Together’ is perhaps the most remarkable book I’ve read in the last year, lending credence to the certainty that stories insist on being told, especially those stories that the authorities deny. Published by the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press [in South Africa, by the University of New Orleans Press in North America and by amaBooks in Zimbabwe and elsewhere], ‘Together’ is a collection
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Homage to a great poet

From The Financial GazetteFriday, 10 February 2012 http://www.financialgazette.co.zw/weekend-gazette/11477-homage-to-a-great-poet.htmlThe Embassy of Spain yesterday hosted an event to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of one of Zimbabwe's great poets, Julius Chingono. The event, held in the Theatre in the Park in the Harare Gardens, was attended by family and friends of the late author
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'Waiting for the Bus': John Eppel's tribute to Julius Chingono

A tribute to Julius Chingono from John Eppel (published in Sonata for Matabeleland (Snailpress and Baobab Books, 1995) and in John Eppel, Selected Poems 1965-1995 (Childline, 2001))WAITING FOR THE BUSAll along the road from Bulawayoto Gwanda or Matopos or Vic Falls;at bus-stops, lay-bys, under shadeless trees,the people wait beside their bundled things.All day long they wait, and sometimes all nighttoo,
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John Eppel's 'Hatchings' available on Kindle

John Eppel's 'Hatchings', chosen for the Times Literary Supplement series on 'the most significant book to have come out of Africa', is now available on Kindle. If you have a Kindle, or if you're thinking of getting one, please visit http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00712WXNC.'Hatchings' was recently reviewed by Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende on http://amabooksbyo.blogspot.com/2011/10/john-eppels-hatchings-reviewed-by.htmlOther
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Zim's collective memory, conscience preserved in 'Together'

The Financial Gazette, Friday, 13 January 2012 11:48 Review by Diana Rodriguez Modern African writers and poets, like the griots or praise poets in earlier times, hold a special place in society. While the job of the griot was to give praise to the traditional chief of the tribe, by virtue of his important position, the griot was able to throw in a fair amount of criticism, without
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A Review of 'Together: Stories and Poems by Julius Chingono and John Eppel'

Reviewed by Emmanuel Sigauke on Wealth of IdeasOne question I remember asking in the late eighties and early nineties in Zimbabwe is: Where are all the white writers? I could easily have concluded that Zimbabwe had no white writers, or that white Zimbabweans could not write. But I remembered that when I started school in the 70s, before Zimbabwe's independence, I had read stories and poems by white
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The first anniversary of Julius Chingono's death

Sadly, Julius Chingono died on 2 January 2011, before the publication of Together: stories and poems by Julius and John Eppel.In this video, John reads Julius' poem No Funeral - recorded during the South African launch of Together at Lobby Books in Cape Town.
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Short Writings from Bulawayo II: A must have piece

The Herald, Monday, 19 December 2011 00:00Title: Short Writings from Bulawayo TwoAuthor: VariousPublisher: 'amaBooksPages: 116ISBN: 0-7974-2896-8Aristotle said politics is the highest form of art because other goods and services borrow their life from people who bow to the force of whips that are cracked in Parliament. This year the main political parties in the country, Zanu-PF and MDC-T, brought
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Zim Writers document 'lost decade'

Zim writers document ‘lost decade' Diana RodriguesWednesday, 07 December 2011 18:03IN spite of the warnings and advice of our teachers and parents never to judge a book by its cover, it would be difficult to ignore Veena Bhana's cover design, based on a sculpture by Arlington Muzondo, for amaBooks of Bulawayo's latest collection of short stories, Where to Now? The earthy colours and ancient striations
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John Eppel and Julius Chingono’s Together nominated for a Pushcart Prize

Together, which features stories and poems by John Eppel and the late Julius Chingono, was co-published earlier this year by ’amaBooks of Bulawayo, the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press and the University of New Orleans Press. The Pushcart Prize, published every year since 1976, is considered the most honoured literary project in America. It is a prize for the best “poetry, short fiction, essays
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More 'amaBooks titles available as ebooks

More titles from 'amaBooks are now available as ebooks through into-ebooks, including Christopher Mlalazi's Dancing with Life: Tales from the Township, John Eppel's Hatchings, Intwasa Poetry, Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe, Short Writings from Bulawayo I, II and III, and Pathisa Nyathi's Zimbabwe's Cultural Heritage. All are priced at E12.00.Please look at http://www.into-ebooks.com/books_by_publisher/amabooks_publishers/
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WordsEtc Review of Together

Review by Thabisani NdlovuIn a groundbreaking joint publication project involving two Zimbabwean writers (one black and the other white), as well as three publishers, Together reflects the innovation that went into this collaboration, emerging as a refreshing and highly symbolic text. It presents short stories and poems by two veteran writers, disturbing the racial and political polarities that have
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John Eppel's Hatchings reviewed by Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende

The incisively satirical novel Hatchings, by John Eppel, is set in the city of Bulawayo, during the doldrum years of post independence Zimbabwe. In it we find Elizabeth Fawkes and her family, a representation of the ever dwindling middle class and middle class values of solid family ties, sound education, hard work and integrity. The story centres around the Fawkes family, who are in a
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Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe launched in Bulawayo

The Zimbabwe launch of 'amaBooks’ new title Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe took place on Saturday September 24 as part of the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.The collection, the fifth in the Short Writings series, features sixteen Zimbabwe writers – Raisedon Baya, NoViolet Bulawayo, Diana Charsley, Clement Chihota, Joseph Chikowero, John
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Long Time Coming Review, from www.examiner.com

New African Writing: [A] Long Time Coming Rosetta Codling, European Literary Scene Examiner http://www.examiner.com/european-literary-scene-in-national/new-african-writing-a-long-time-coming-review September 24, 2011 Title: Long Time Coming, 'amaBooks Publishers, 2009 Edited by: Jane Morris Synopsis: Jane Morris assembles another collection of short stories from the best contemporary
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'amaBooks at the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo 2011

'amaBooks will be part of several events during Intwasa 2011. Our major commitment is to launch Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe at the National Gallery in Bulawayo on the last night of the festival - at 5pm on Saturday 24 September. The launch will feature readings from John Eppel, Christopher Mlalazi and Raisedon Baya. A special feature of the launch will be Owen Maseko painting his interpretation
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Conversations with Writers: John Eppel and Together

Conversations with WritersPresents interviews with writers, publishers and literary activists.John Eppel http://conversationswithwriters.blogspot.com/2011/09/interview2-john-eppel.htmlJohn Eppel is a teacher, an award-winning poet, short story writer and novelist.His books include the poetry collections, Spoils of War (The Carrefour Press, 1989) and Songs My Country Taught Me (Weaver Press, 2005)
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Together, reviewed on www.panorama.co.zw

Together By Julius Chingono & John Eppel(http://www.panorama.co.zw/index.php/home/34-panorama-news/96-together-by-julius-chingono-a-john-eppel-.html) Published by ‘amabooks in Zimbabwe and Europe, and in South Africa by University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, Published in North America by UNO Press and distributed by National Book Network. Together is a collection of short stories and poems that
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Together, reviewed in The Witness

Poignant African stories Celebrating resilience From The Witness, August 6 2011 Together: Stories and Poems by Julius Chingono and John Eppel The stories and poems in this brilliant volume will hit you in the gut with horror even as you relish their intelligent analysis and cogent wit.They are written by two very different Zimbabwean writers, one a black former rock-blaster from the mines
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The John Eppel (Together) Interview, with Rosetta Codling

From: http://www.examiner.com/european-literary-scene-in-national/the-john-eppel-together-interview*Fascinating note: John Eppel is the author of Hatchings (2006), White Man Crawling (2007), Absent: The English Teacher (2009), and other works. He is a poet, novelist, short story writer, and teacher. He resides in his beloved homeland Zimbabwe. The latest contribution of Eppel to the literary scene
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Zimbabwe's literary kinsmen: Together, part II

Together: Stories and Poems, 2011, (http://www.amazon.com/Together-Stories-Poems-Julius-Chingono/dp/160801049X/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1310170265&sr=1-2) Authors: Julius Chingono and John Eppel *Part II of a review of the collection Together **Fascinating note: Together is a collection of works authored by John Eppel and Julius Chingono. Earlier, I reviewed Julius Chingono’s
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Zimbabwe's literary kinsmen: Together

From the National European Literary Scene: Examiner.com(http://www.examiner.com/european-literary-scene-in-national/zimbabwe-s-literary-kinsmen-together-review)Part I –Julius Chingono and the text Together Genres: Poetry and short stories in one collection Literary Elements: Irony, imagery, simile, pathos Comfort Level: Easy reading (*but…be not deceived) Synopsis: This collection permits
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Together launched in Bulawayo - from The Mail

The Mail online reports the Bulawayo launch of John Eppel and the late Julius Chingono's story and poem collection Together.http://www.mailonline.co.zw/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1016:together-launched-in-bulawayo&catid=93:books&Itemid=1108
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Chingono & Eppel Come Together in Print (from Zimbo Jam)

When the late Julius Chingono met John Eppel at the Intwasa Arts Festival in 2007, an instant bond of friendship began to form and the two writers decided to work on a collaborative project. That project will be launched in Bulawayo this afternoon and unfortunately only one of the two contributors will be there to witness it.Chingono, who died in January this year, will not be there to see this latest
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Joseph Chikowero reviews 'Together'

Together Stories and Poems by Julius Chingono and John Eppel ’amaBooks Publishers, Bulawayo. ISBN: 978-0-7974-4228-3 University of New Orleans Press. ISBN: 978-1-60801-049-3 University of KwaZulu-Natal Press. ISBN: 978-1-86914-213-1 154 pages, Published 2011 Together is an exciting new offering that celebrates the writing of two of Zimbabwe’s veteran authors, Julius Chingono and John
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Together, to be launched in Bulawayo on 23 June

'amaBooks Publishers, the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press and the University of New Orleans Press invite you to the Zimbabwe launch of Together, stories and poems by John Eppel and the late Julius Chingono, on Thursday 23 June, 5 for 5.30pm, at Christian Brothers' College, Old Esigodini Road, Bulawayo.Brian Jones of 'amaBooks will introduce the book and John Eppel will read some of his own work and
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Julius Chingono and John Eppel's 'Together' Reviewed

In a fractured nation, Together puts forth a coalescence of satire, sobriety, hope and sorrow. Careful scrutiny abuts simple observation as the authors weave their way through issues of race, violence, politics and religion. Eppel’s short stories are as esoteric as they are universal, colorfully describing a nosy neighbor or the farce of corrupt politics. Chingono’s economy of language constructs
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Thabisani Ndlovu reviews 'Together'

Together, by Julius Chingono and John Eppel ISBN: 978-0-7974-4228-3 ('amaBooks, Europe and Africa) ISBN: 978-1-86914-213-1 (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, South Africa) ISBN: 978-1-60801-049-3 (University of New Orleans Press, North America) In a country that is ruled through fundamentalist narratives along racial, tribal, political and property ownership lines, Together is not only refreshing
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BOOK Southern Africa reports Together launch in Cape Town

At the launch of Together, Zimbabwean poet, John Eppel, paid tribute to his co-author, the late Julius Chingono, who died while the book was in the last stage of publication.Eppel, seeing Together for the first time, said the collection of prose and poetry had been co-published by the University of New Orleans Press, the Zimbabwean publisher, amaBooks and of course UKZN Press. Although it had already
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Together, reviewed in Geosi Reads

Title: Together Author(s): Julius Chingono and John Eppel Genre: Poetry and Short Stories Length: 153 pages Rating: 4/5 Publisher / Year: ’amaBooks, University of KwaZulu-Natal Press & University of New Orleans Press / 2011 Country: Zimbabwe From the Back Cover: The two Zimbabwean writers featured in this collection of stories and poems could not be more different. John Eppel is an
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Together: Cape Town Launch

Together is to be launched with John Eppel in South Africa on Monday 18 April at 5.30pm at Lobby Books in Spin Street, Cape Town. The book will then be available in South Africa through the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press and On the Dot distributors.The book of stories and poems by John and the late Julius Chingono is already available online outside of North America through www.africanbookscollective.com
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Together - to be published in the USA, South Africa and Zimbabwe

Together, the collection of short stories and poems by John Eppel and the late Julius Chingono will be available through UNO Press in the USA very soon, and now the University of KwaZulu-Natal Press has confirmed that they will also publish the book in South Africa.'amaBooks are delighted that the work of these two Zimbabwean writers will be easily accessible to readers in South Africa and the USA,
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WIN-Zimbabwe Newsletter discusses the Warwick Review's 'New Writing from Zimbabwe'

Beaven Tapureta discusses the Warwick Review's December 2009 edition, with its New Writing from Zimbabwe section. The Zimbabwean writers featured in this edition include Julius Chingono, John Eppel, Shimmer Chinodya, Lawrence Hoba, Wadzanai Mhute, Jane Morris, Tinashe Muchuri, Tinashe Mushakavanhu, No Violet Mkha Bulawayo, Champuno, and M.C Chihota. The edition also features reviews of Bryony
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Julius Chingono and John Eppel's Together - reviewed in Pambazuka

A 'pre-publication' review of John Eppel and the late Julius Chingono's collection of poems and stories, Together, has been featured in Pambazuka: (http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/African_Writers/70436).The photographs shown here are of the painting by Marshall Baron that is to be used as a basis for the cover of Together and of the reviewer Philo Ikonya. AFRICAN WRITERS’ CORNER Unforgettable
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Tribute to Julius Chingono from Togara Muzanenhamo

"I first came across Julius Chingono’s work some fifteen years ago. After reading his poetry I knew I had read the work of an exceptional poet. What struck me most was the clean honesty of his work, a quality that draws the reader in without throwing up any barriers. Three years ago I eventually met the man at a reception in Harare. Discovering we lived relatively close to each other, I took the
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Tribute to Julius Chingono from John Eppel

"I barely knew Julius – met him, briefly, on three occasions – and yet I feel, somehow, that we’d been together for a long time. I guess that’s what happens with kindred spirits. I was so looking forward to launching our joint collection of poems and short stories together, in the flesh – here in Bulawayo and maybe even further afield; but that is not to be. Julius, poor himself, was
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Julius Chingono and John Eppel soon to be published by 'amaBooks

The next publication by 'amaBooks is to be Together, a collection of short stories and poems by two of Zimbabwe's leading writers, Julius Chingono and John Eppel.The collection, which will include 25 poems and 8 short stories by Julius and 24 poems and 11 short stories by John, will be published in early 2011.
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John Eppel's Jasmine a Guardian Poem of the Week

John Eppel was featured in the UK's Guardian on 12 July, with his poem Jasmine chosen as their 'Poem of the Week'.The poem first appeared in his 1995 collection Sonata for Matabeleland and was subsequently published in our collection Selected Poems: 1965-1995. Selected Poems was our first publication, all proceeds from which went towards the charity Childline Zimbabwe.The newspaper article also discusses
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'amaBooks at the Bulawayo Music Festival

'amaBooks were delighted to be invited to display and sell their books at the 2010 Bulawayo Music Festival. Despite the unseasonal torrential rain, there was an excellent turn-out on Saturday 22 May and on the previous three days of the festival. The festival finishes on Sunday 23 May.The Bulawayo Music Festival, mainly of classical music, takes place every two years at the Academy of Music and attracts
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Review of John Eppel's Hatchings, from www.complete-review.com

Hatchings is set in a Zimbabwe that many whites have fled but in which there is still a large group that either has taken advantage of the situation or is there for (supposedly) ideological reason. An equal-opportunity satirist, Eppel mercilessly skewers almost everyone, black and white, in an often outrageous work that also has a surprisingly gentle edge to it. It is around New Years, 1991 going
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The Contribution of John Eppel and Julius Chingono to Human Rights Recognised

The work of Zimbabwean poets John Eppel and Julius Chingono has been recognized by the inclusion of their work in Fire in the Soul: 100 Poems for Human Rights, published by New Internationalist, with the support of Amnesty International. There are a hundred poems from a hundred different poets from across the world, published from the beginning of the twentieth century until today. Other poets featured
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