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Why I Write: Sandisile Tshuma

“So what’s your guilty pleasure?” my brother asked one day out of the blue. We had spent the day in my little apartment and I suspect that, as he looked around the barebones space filled with books, CDs and conspicuously missing a television set, he was worried I had no life. “Um, I get my locs treated and go to the spa for a deluxe pedicure?” I ventured, posing my response as a question
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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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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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'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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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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amaBooks titles from Mega Books in South Africa

Dancing with Life: Tales from the Township, Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe, Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe's Cultural Heritage are now available through print-on-demand from Mega Books. Other titles will follow soon.
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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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Intwasa shortlists 10 stories for the Yvonne Vera Award

10 short stories have been shortlisted for the Intwasa Short Story Competition (Yvonne Vera Award) with eight from Bulawayo and the remaining two from Harare. This year there were 81 short stories submitted for the competition, a 26 percent drop from last year’s number of 110. There were 60 males and 21 females who entered the competition.The competition was inaugurated in the first year of the festival
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Christopher Mlalazi offered Creative Writing Residency in Iowa

Christopher Mlalazi has just been offered a creative writing residency under the International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa called.  Running from August to November annually, this programme is the oldest and largest multinational residency in the world and has been in existence since 1967. Over 1400 writers from more than 130 nations have taken part in the
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Owen Sheers - the world's first international sports team writer in residence

Owen Sheers, the Welsh writer, was appointed writer-in-residence for the Welsh Rugby Union in January this year, and he now celebrates the success of the Wales Rugby team in winning the Grand Slam in the 2012 Six Nations tournament.While he’s already written poems for the programme of every home game, he’s also gathering material to use in future.“I now have a much clearer idea of how the material
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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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Gothataone Moeng interviewed by Emmanuel Sigauke

Your story “Who Knows What Tomorrow Brings,” published in Long Time Coming ('amaBooks 2008) looks at the unpredictability of change, how so suddenly Zimbabweans who used to be welcomed with smiles in Botswana are now being spat at, now labeled thieves and evil herbalists. In writing this story about the misfortunes that had befallen Zimbabwe, were you devising a social justice statement? In fact,
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Two 'amaBooks titles available as ebooks

Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe and Christopher Mlalazi's Dancing with Life: Tales from the Township have just become available as ebooks through the website www.into-ebooks.com.Long Time Coming and Bryony Rheam's This September Sun are already available as ebooks in the USA through www.scribd.com.
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Sandisile Tshuma interviewed by Beaven Tapureta for WIN-Zimbabwe

New Literary Female Voice on the HorizonThe past decade has seen the emergence of the young Zimbabwean female voice in the writing arena, with some of them winning awards in various categories. Ethel Kabwato, Blessing Musariri, Bryony Rheam, Sympathy Sibanda are some of the names making waves in the poetry and fiction genres. Recently, Linda Msebele, from Bulawayo, has just had her story 'The Chicken
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Long Time Coming 'Most Popular Book' on book2look.com

Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe has risen to become the most popular book on the book2look website, with over 6000 hits, with excellent ratings and comments.book2look is a website based in Germany that enables visitors to the site to browse through extracts of current books and to buy the books from online bookshops throughout the world. book2look is soon to be distributed in the United
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Sandisile Tshuma wins an Honourable Mention in the Thomas Pringle Awards

Bulawayo-born writer Sandisile Tshuma has won an Honourable Mention at the 2010 Thomas Pringle Awards. The award is for the best short story published in a journal, magazine or newspaper in southern Africa over the previous two years. Sandisile’s story, Arrested Development, first appeared in the ’amaBooks collection Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe, and it was then published in
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book2look blog on amaBooks

from http://blog2look.blogspot.comSelling books out of Zimbabwe - not easy!'amaBooks, a small publisher from Zimbabwe, is using book2look to get its books seen around the world. It's not an easy task to live in Zimbabwe, let alone produce such remarkable books as Jane Morris and Brian Jones do. They offer young authors a much needed platform to publish their texts and eventually get recognized outside
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Linda Msebele's The Chicken Bus, in German

Linda Msebele's short story, The Chicken Bus, from Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe, has been translated into German and published in the literary magazine LiteraturNachrichten. The Chicken Bus was translated into German by Thomas Brückner, who has translated many African authors into German for various publishing houses.LiteraturNachrichten is published quarterly by litprom: Society
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Sandisile Tshuma's short-listing covered by Zimbo Jam and others

The short-listing of Sandisile Tshuma's short story Arrested Development, first published in Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe, for the Thomas Pringle Award has been covered by various newspapers and websites, including Zimbo Jam. Zimbo Jam noted the impressive list of previous winners of the award, including Nadine Gordimer and John M Coetzee.The Zimbo Jam article can be found at http://www.zimbojam.com/culture/literary-news/2046-bulawayo-writer-shortlisted-for-prestigious-thomas-p
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Sandisile Tshuma Shortlisted for Thomas Pringle Award

Sandisile Tshuma's short story, Arrested Development, has been shortlisted for the Thomas Pringle Award. The story first appeared in Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe, and was then reproduced in the Longhorn collection When the Sun Goes Down for Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, and in the South African literary journal Wordsetc.Sandisile was born and raised in Bulawayo. She returned to the
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Nadifa Mohamed enjoys Long Time Coming

"I have finally finished Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe; it travelled with me to Somaliland, Australia and Norway! I loved the insight it gave into everyday life in Zimbabwe; the bus rides, weddings, rivalries that go on despite political unheavals. It is a crucial addition to what we hear about Zimbabwe from the minds of writers intimately connected to the country. I especially enjoyed
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Brian Chikwava's love-hate history with Zimbabwe

Brian Chikwava, who has contributed short stories to Short Writings from Bulawayo III and Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe, is interviewed in The Zimbabwean about a forthcoming lecture on the theme 'The Past is Another Country':"I love it for innumerable things, but loathe it for the way it has ceased to care about the plight of its poor and less fortunate."http://www.thezimbabwean.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=34625:chikwavas-love-hate-history&cati
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Porcupine Press Website in South Africa To Sell 'amaBooks Titles

Two 'amaBooks publications, Bryony Rheam's This September Sun and Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe, are now being sold online in South Africa through the Porcupine Press website: www.porcupinepress.co.zaThis September Sun is now available online for the first time in South Africa, and Long Time Coming is now available at a much lower online price. Other books to follow soon.
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amaBooks e-books in the USA

Three of amaBooks titles are now available in the USA as e-books: This September Sun, Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe and Dancing with Life: Tales from the Township.They are all priced at $9.99, through http://www.scribd.com/document_collections/2622695
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Long Time Coming - in London

Putney Library in Wandsworth, London, will present 'A Long Time Coming' on Wednesday 20 October at 7pm as part of Wandsworth's Black History Month. Writers at the event, talking about what inspires them and the writing process, will be Monireh Jassat, Nadifa Mohamed and Samantha Commey-Taylor. Monireh will be reading her short story A Lazy Sunday Afternoon from Long Time Coming: Short Writings from
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Another Review of Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe

Tales of a troubled nation From: www.politico.ie MONDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER 2010 Long Time Coming: Short Writings From Zimbabwe Edited by Jane Morris 'amaBooks, 2008 An independent Zimbabwean collection reveals another side to this tragic country. By Clare Lanigan. In recent years it seems the only news stories coming out of Africa are about poverty, corruption, violence and misery, so it's easy
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Book2look and 'amaBooks

'amaBooks' recent titles are now featured on www.book2look.com, each book having a 'biblet' with brief information, extracts of the writing and links to online stores from which the books can be directly purchased. Readers can also post a comment about the book/biblet and rate the book.The 'amaBooks biblets can be accessed from www.book2look.com (under Books and Fiction/Literature), by clicking on
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Review of Long Time Coming from the New Welsh Review

New Welsh Review, 88, 2010. Review by Jane MacNamee LONG TIME COMING – SHORT WRITINGS FROM ZIMBABWE ‘I am spent. I am hollow. I am ready to dream, to fill up my mind with hope because without hope tomorrow is stillborn’. (Judy Maposa, First Rain) Long Time Coming is a remarkable achievement. Published in desperate internal conditions by ’amaBooks , established in 2000 in Bulawayo by Ebbw
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Long Time Coming and Intwasa Poetry reviewed in the Warwick Review

The social landscape in Zimbabwe today is so riven by the predatory violence of the powerful that even the simplest of civic or communal or familial activities seems endangered. The appearance of any literature at all in such a context seems miraculous. Yet the fact is that Zimbabwean literature has gained impressive critical mass over the course of the past two decades. Such authors as Chenjerai
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Long Time Coming discussed by Botswana's award-winning writer Lauri Kubuitsile

The following is an extract from 'Thoughts from Botswana', http://thoughtsfrombotswana.blogspot.com/2009/02/two-thin-books.htmlThe second book is a short story collection, Long Time Coming Short Writings from Zimbabwe published by 'amaBooks. The title is a bit wrong since two Batswana writing friends have stories inside both set in Botswana - Wame Molefhe and Gothataone Moeng. The book is deceptive.
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New Print Runs of Two 'amaBooks Books

'amaBooks are doing new print runs of both Bryony Rheam's This September Sun and Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe. This September Sun has sold very well in both Zimbabwe and Zambia since the launch in Bulawayo in November, and we are expecting new reviews in the near future.Long Time Coming is being reprinted with a modified cover to include the excellent reviews it has had and to feature
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Long Time Coming a 'Best Book of 2009'

Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe has been chosen by New Internationalist as one of their two 'Best Books of 2009'. They commented that: 'Each piece here – and they are miniature marvels, with no story longer than eight pages – vividly illuminates an aspect of what it is actually like to live in a country that has been systematically looted and stripped of functioning organizations.
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The Raconteur Review of Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Bulawayo now on-line

Tom Cheesman's review of Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe, edited a little from that published on this blog in September, has been published in The Raconteur magazine in the United Kingdom. The original review can be found online at: http://amabooksbyo.blogspot.com/2009/09/long-time-coming-review-from-raconteur.html
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Long Time Coming Review: from The Raconteur

“2 l8 4 crisis” Reviewed by Tom Cheesman , www.hafan.orgTo appear in The Raconteur, www.theraconteur.co.uk Who – among Brits – gives a shit about Zim? (Hello there, Zimbabwean Raconteur readers in exile! And hello to other readers with Zimbabwean roots and ties! But apart from you…?) During the campaign to kick out white farmers, in 2000-2002, British media were full of Zimbabwe. Now
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Enjoying Long Time Coming: Emmanuel Sigauke

So these short writings from Zimbabwe are really short, the length of the standard flash fiction, snippets of life in contemporary Zimbabwe. We have Petina Gappah writing about a dying bridegroom, a story that wows you with its humour and musicality, but sends you to tears with the grimness of its subject; Ignatius Mabasa, writing about a man who has forgotten his name in "Some Kind of Madness",
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Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe

 Long Time Coming (2008, ISBN 978-0-7974-3644-2) brings together short stories and poems from thirty-three writers that provide snapshots of this turbulent period in Zimbabwe’s history. Snapshots of living in a country where basic services have crumbled: where shops have no food, taps no water, banks no money, hospitals no drugs, bars no beer. Snapshots of characters surviving against seemingly
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