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'Together' one of 'The Best Books of the Mugabe Years'

Together: Stories and Poems by Julius Chingono and John Eppel has been chosen by Sarah Ladipo Manyika for her list of the ten best books of the Mugabe years.She comments: 'In some ways, the two authors featured in this collection could not be more different: Chingono, now deceased, was a black Zimbabwean who worked as a rock blaster in the mines, whereas Eppel is a white Zimbabwean who taught English
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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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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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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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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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Belated Thoughts on Two Very Different (Im)migrant Stories: 'African Titanics' and 'The Maestro, The Magistrate & The Mathematician'

from http://bookshybooks.blogspot.com/2016/03/belated-thoughts-on-two-very-different.htmlThis is my very belated thoughts on two books I read at some point towards the end of 2014 and the beginning 2015 (did I say it was very belated). Two books that I am reviewing not because I intend to draw parallels between them, although there could be some - they do cover themes of migration/being a migrant,
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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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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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'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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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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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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Intwasa Short Story Competition 2014

CALL FOR SHORT STORY ENTRIESINTWASA SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2014 The Intwasa Short Story competition enters its 10th year this year, 2014. The competition was inaugurated in the first year of the festival and is an annual literary event seeking to promote original creative writing talent in English. The competition also seeks to promote Zimbabwean narratives from Zimbabwean writers, be they in Zimbabwe
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Novuyo Tshuma's Flirtations with Nairobi

from www.panorama.co.zwIt's a sepia tinted afternoon as we speed from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta Airport, headed for the Fairview Hotel, situated near the city-centre. There seems to be a lot of activity here; construction everywhere, the skeletons of buildings in progress. Nairobi has the writhing vibrancy of Harare; the hum of traffic, the post-colonial ambitions of glossy architecture and inhabitants
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African Violet: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2012 to be discussed at the Harare Book Cafe

The Book Club @ Book Café in Harare will next meet on Tuesday 16 July at 6 pm to discuss African Violet. Please come along, even if you haven't read the book, and even if you haven't come to the book club before.For information please call 0864 406 6015Venue: Book Cafe 139 Samora Machel Ave, corner 6th Street, HarareWhat is this book club about ?Books are better appreciated when we're able
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Coming soon to Zimbabwe - the Caine Prize anthology 2013

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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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Worldreader in Bulawayo

Silent Cry on KGVI KindleThe first Worldreader project in Zimbabwe, providing e-readers and access to over 6000 ebooks to King George VI school, was launched in Bulawayo last week. The event was organised by KGVI, with Michael Smith and Nadja Borovac of Worldreader. Staff and students at the school have been trained in the use of the Kindles, so that they can read books on the devices, half of which
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Freedom Poetry Competition

Poetry Bulawayo, in partnership with amaBooks Publishers,  is running a Poetry Writing Competition under the theme FREEDOM.  Poetry Competition Rules 1. Deadline for submission of poems is midday of Wednesday 13th of March 2013.2. Each poet can submit a maximum of up to three poems.3. Poems should not exceed 30 lines.4. All poems should be in the English
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Intwasa Short Story Competition 2012

INTWASA SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2012Put your writing talent to test.Write a short story and have the chance of winning $500The Intwasa Short Story Competition is an annual literary event seeking to promote original creative writing talent in English. The winning story will be awarded the Yvonne Vera Award which carries a $500 cash prize.Rules: v There is no particular themev Entries must be written
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Song of the Carnivores: poetry and song

Poetry and song will come together in a celebration of the majesty and beauty of Africa’s five large carnivores in ‘The Song of the Carnivores,’ an innovative programme to raise awareness and appreciation of the cheetah, leopard, lion, wild dog and spotted hyaena. Uniquely linking the worlds of conservation and the arts, the collaborative venture is supported by the Cheetah and
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A New Print Run of 'A Guide to the Rock Art of the Matopo Hills, Zimbabwe'

amaBooks have a new print run of Elspeth Parry's A Guide to the Rock Art of the Matopo Hills, Zimbabwe. The book was originally published in 2002, and it sold out quickly. The new books are now in stock in shops across Bulawayo (and Harare in the near future), and will soon be available outside of the country through the African Books Collective.A Guide to the Rock Art of the Matopo Hills, Zimbabwe,
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Tribute to Julius Chingono - from Mgcini Nyoni

Insanity Insanity istrudging the sameold pathbearing the sameold wordsin searchof the sameold poisoned wellthat has ledto the growthof the ARV industry For Julius ChingonoPoem reproduced with the permission of Mgcini Nyoni. The poem was read, as were the other poems on this blog entitled Tribute to Julius Chingono, at the tribute to Julius in Harare organised by the Embassy of Spain to Zimbabwe.
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Song Lyrics Competition

Celebrate Zimbabwe’s endangered large carnivores Write the lyrics for a song and have the chance of winning $500, and of the song being performed at the 2012 Bulawayo Music Festival. The song should consist of seven verses, each of eight lines. The first verse should be an introduction, followed by a verse about each of the large carnivores – Lion, Spotted Hyena, Leopard, Cheetah and Wild
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Intwasa Poetry reviewed in USA's Galatea Resurrects

INTWASA POETRY, Ed. JANE MORRISEMMANUEL SIGAUKE ReviewsINTWASA POETRY [anthology of 15 Zimbabwean poets] edited by Jane Morris (amaBooks, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, 2008)A Good Mix of PoetryThis little book, almost the size of a thin poetry journal, contains some of the most captivating poetry published in Zimbabwe. The collection was published as a companion work to the annual Intwasa Poetry Festival held
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Owen Sheers at the Book Cafe in Harare

On Monday 23 November, Owen Sheers will be at the Book Cafe in Harare at 5.30pm to talk about myths and how they appear in modern writing. He will be joined in the discussion by Joseph Tirivangana, expert in Zimbabwean myths and legends. Owen will also read his poetry together with several Zimbabwean poets, including David Mungoshi, Ethel Kabwato and Batsirai Chigama. Again, entrance is free and all
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Silent Cry: Echoes of Young Zimbabwe Voices available outside Zimbabwe

Silent Cry: Echoes of Young Zimbabwe Voices is now available outside of Zimbabwe through the African Books Collective and MSU Press. The book contains twenty-eight stories and fourteen poems, in English, written by thirty-three young people from Zimbabwe's second city, Bulawayo. The pieces cover many issues, including family, gender, relationships, race, alienation, disability, HIV/AIDS, border
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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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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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'amaBooks Books at the San Francisco International Poetry Festival

Ignatius Mabasa was one of the award-winning poets reading at last week's San Francisco International Poetry Festival. Ignatius is one of Zimbabwe's leading writers in both English and Shona, and he has had poems and short stories published in several Zimbabwean collections, including the 'amaBooks collection of short stories and poems, Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe, and the 'amaBooks
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Extract of an interview with Memory Chirere

An extract of an interview of Memory Chirere by Emmanuel Sigauke, from www.munyori.comYou have published two collections of short stories, and you have  also published poetry. What are you working on currently? In the past  you have argued that Southern Africa's area of expertise is the short  story. Do you still believe so, and can you clarify this position?Currently, I am reading what others have
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wordsetc article

The article below appeared in the First Quarter 2009 edition of the South African Literary Journal words etc. Publishing in a Zimbabwe under strain   ’amaBooks couldn’t have chosen a worse time to start a publishing house. It was 2000 and the Zimbabwean economy had just started its steady decline to today’s ludicrous situation where a teacher’s salary for a month might just buy a loaf of
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Mambo Hills launched in Oxford

The United Kingdom launch of Marieke Clarke’s Mambo Hills: Historical and Religious Significance took place in Oxford during the Britain Zimbabwe Research Day on 20 June 2009. Professor Terence Ranger of St Anthony’s College spoke at the launch. Mambo Hills: Historical and Religious Significance (2008, ISBN: 978-0-7974-3589-6) considers the sacred site to the north-east of Bulawayo that is
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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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Intwasa Poetry

Intwasa Poetry (2008, ISBN: 978-0-7974-3645-9) is a book of memorable poems from inside and outside Zimbabwe. The fifteen poets who are brought together in this collection have all read from their work at the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo. The Zimbabwean poets in the book are Julius Chingono, Chirikure Chirikure, John Eppel, Ignatius Mabasa, Shepherd Mandhlazi, Judy Maposa, Deon Marcus, Albert
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Dancing with Life: Tales from the Township

Christopher MlalaziPublished by 'amaBooks of Bulawayo  2008ISBN 978-0-7974-3590-2www.amabooksbyo.com Dancing with Life is a collection of short stories by Christopher Mlalazi. He has had stories published in anthologies inside and outside Zimbabwe, but this is his first collection. Mlalazi himself dwells in one of the townships he so convincingly brings to vibrant life in his writing. Dancing with
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