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6 Awkward Questions With Zimbabwean Writers: Tariro Ndoro

James Arnett will be posting occasional interviews with Zimbabwean writers, all with the same six-question format. From his blog: jarnettphd.weebly.com/fulbright-2017-2018/ Tariro Ndoro (tarirondoro.wordpress.com) is an emerging Zimbabwean short story writer and poet, whose story “The Travellers” in amaBooks' most recent collection of Zimbabwean literature, Moving On and Other
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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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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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Sudanese Author Wins 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing

Reproduced from https://publishingperspectives.com/2017/07/sudan-author-caine-prize-african-writing/The 2017 Caine Prize anthology, 'The Goddess of Mtwara and Other Stories', will be published by amaBooks in Zimbabwe in August 2017.IFrom Wasafiri and the Caine Prize: Bushra al-Fadil, whose inspirations include Stephen Hawking’s ‘A Brief History of Time,’ is cited for his ‘mode of perception.’By
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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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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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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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Perspectives on Zimbabwe’s literary scene as Caine Prize returns

by Fungai Machirori, in Voices of Africahttp://voicesofafrica.co.za/perspectives-zimbabwes-literary-scene-caine-prize-returns/It is 14 years since the inaugural Caine Prize for African Writing was awarded to Sudanese writer Leila Aboulela at the Zimbabwe International Book Fair (ZIBF). And while the fortunes for the Prize – one of the most prominent for African writing – have grown, the same has
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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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Publishing and The Writer workshop at Intwasa

Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo, British Council Zimbabwe and amaBooks Publishers invite you to the workshopPublishing and The WriterThursday 26 September 11.00- 13.00Selborne Hotel, BulawayoAn informal meeting of writers to discuss writing and publishing options, particularly in the light of new technologies. The meeting will include sharing of experiences and will be facilitated by Jane Morris and
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A busy week for literary Bulawayo

NoViolet Bulawayo at the Indaba Book Cafe in BulawayoThe big event of the week is the hometown launch of NoViolet Bulawayo’s debut novel ‘We Need New Names’, at 5.30pm on Tuesday 17 September in the courtyard of the National Gallery in Bulawayo. The book has been long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award and short-listed for the Man Booker Prize. NoViolet is the first Zimbabwean, and the
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No place quite like Bulawayo, by Bongani Ncube-Zikhali

Bongani Ncube-Zikhali is a writer, poet, youth activist and a fan of Dr Sheldon Cooper. He is passionate about the written word and has been published in two anthologies by Amabooks. In 2010 he was awarded the Dr Yvonne Vera Award by the Zimbabwean Intwasa Arts Festival. He currently lives in Paris where he is studying computer science.Bongani's stories are available outside of Zimbabwe in print or
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Tendai Huchu reviews This September Sun

‘On the 18th of April 1980, my grandfather burnt the British flag.’ So begins Bryony Rheam’s genre blending debut novel. Ellie, the main protagonist, is a young girl searching for identity in the self-absorbed, often neurotic postcolonial settler community in Zimbabwe. Her relationship with Evelyn, her grandmother whose cupboard has more skeletons than most, provides a back drop to a narrative
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"The best thing I ever applied for... : British Council Crossing Borders Project

From: http://britishcouncilblogs.org/africa/2012/12/13/british-council-crossing-borders-project-the-best-thing-i-ever-applied-for Eight years after the British Council engaged creative writers from Zimbabwe and beyond on the Crossing Borders project, it seemed that the immediate impact of the creative writing programme was all there was to see. However to read this moving testimony
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'amaBooks and Worldreader

'amaBooks are working with Worldreader to help make good creative writing available to young people across Africa and elsewhere.As a first step, stories from Silent Cry: Echoes of Young Zimbabwe Voices, and selected stories from other 'amaBooks collections, are available to read free of charge on mobile feature phones using the Worldreader App.With the first-ever book application available for feature
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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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Violette Kee-Tui wins Yvonne Vera Award at Intwasa 2012

Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo has announced this year’s winner of The Yvonne Vera Award for short story writing. This year’s winner is Violette Kee-Tui with her short story Tattered Cloth. The short story was adjudged the best out of 81 short stories submitted this year. The Intwasa Short Story Competition is an annually event organised by Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo. Violette Kee-Tui’s
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The Business of Writing workshop at Intwasa 2012

Over 50 writers, both established and emerging, attended the Business of Writing workshop on Saturday 22 September in the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. The workshop was part of the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo and was supported by the British Council. It was facilitated by Jane Morris and Brian Jones of 'amaBooks, with Mgcini Nyoni of Poetry Bulawayo and writer Naison Tfwala.Mgcini
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amaBooks at the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo 2012

Thursday 20 September at 5.30pm at the National Gallery in BulawayoOpening of the Intwasa Visual Arts Exhibition, where copies of African Violet, the Caine Prize 2012 anthology, will be available. 'amaBooks will also be involved in the launch of Shadows, Novuyo Rosa Tshuma's debut novel, during the opening. Free admission.Friday 21 September at 2.30pm at the Bulawayo Large City HallSong of the
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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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Where to Now? published in the UK

Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe is published this month in the United Kingdom by Parthian Books. Parthian's information about the collection states:"Meet the prostitute who gets the better of her brothers when they try to marry her off, the wife who is absolved of adultery, the hero who drowns in a bowser of cheap beer, the poetry slammer who doesn’t get to perform his final poem, and many
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Creative Writing Workshop for Mpilo Youth

A creative writing workshop was facilitated by  'amaBooks for young people registered at the resource centre at the Opportunistic Infections Unit at Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo. The young people are to write short stories that will be published by 'amaBooks. The 'amaBooks project included workshops facilitated by Fungai Tichawangana and Rudo Nyangulu on social media and photography, and by Fungai
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New Bulawayo Arts Magazine

The first two issues of a new Bulawayo arts magazine are now available through Scribd.Please click on the links below to find out what's happening in the arts in Bulawayo.Kwanthuthu Arts Magazine June 2012Kwanthunthu Arts Magazine July 2012
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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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The Song of the Carnivores - World Premiere

The world premiere of Song of the Carnivores, featuring over 500 performers - choirs of schoolchildren from across Bulawayo as well as local and international musicians, took place at Bulawayo's Large City Hall on Thursday 24 May as part of the Bulawayo Music Festival. The music was composed by Richard Sisson and the event was compered by Petroc Trelawny.Unfortunately, towards the end of the second
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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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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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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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Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende interviewed by Pamela Stitch

Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende, whose short story Christina the Colourful was published in Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe, is interviewed by Pamela Stitch on: http://www.pamelastitch.com/books/381-talking-diasporan-stories-wtih-barbara-mhangami-ruwende.html This month, we found ourselves within the realm of short story narratives and who best to speak with but
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This September Sun to be launched in the UK in May

Parthian Books in the United Kingdom discuss their forthcoming publication, Bryony Rheam's novel This September Sun.Other good news concerning This September Sun is that the book has been chosen as a set book in Zimbabwe for Zimsec 'A' level Literature in English.Forthcoming 2012 TitlesRead on for a sneak preview of some of Parthian's 2012 titles... http://www.parthianbooks.com/content/forthcoming-2012-titlesThe
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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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Where to Now? reviewed on panorama.co.zw

Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe
Edited by Jane Morris. 
Published by amaBookshttp://www.panorama.co.zw/index.php/component/content/article/34-panorama-news/199-where-to-now.html
As long as there are storytellers writing and employing whatever medium or platform this question will not arise. Where it does, the bone of contention can only be the focus and direction that the writing assumes.
But
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Novuyo Rosa Tshuma interviewed on 'The Mantle'

From 'The Mantle', January 18, 2012http://mantlethought.org/content/gambit-art-creating-novuyo-rosa-tshumaThe following conversation took place via email. Between Novuyo and myself(Emmanuel Iduma), we exchanged about 35 emails, in which I was greatly moved by her dedication (as you would see) to her writing, her understanding of her craft, and her willingness to engage. I have never met Novuyo in person,
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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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Where to Now? in South Africa's Exclusive Books

Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe is now available in several branches of Exclusive Books across South Africa:Exclusive Books EastgateExclusive Books Hyde ParkExclusive Books Rosebank MallExclusive Books Mandela SquareExclusive Books MenlynExclusive Books MorningsideExclusive Books OR Tambo InternationalThe books are also available in other South African outlets:Clarkes Books, Cape TownXarra
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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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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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Song of the Carnivores School Competition

The prize-giving ceremony for the schools component of the Song of the Carnivores Lyric Writing Competition was held on 29 November at the Academy of Music in Bulawayo. The four winners from the Bulawayo schools are shown in the photograph - the overall winner being Jordan Edwards of Whitestone School.The competition was organised and judged by 'amaBooks and the prizes were presented by Brian Jones
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Publishing Workshop in Bulawayo

A workshop on publishing was held at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Saturday 3 December. The event was organised by the Zimbabwean Academic and Non-fiction Authors Association and was facilitated by Isaac Mpofu, Brian Jones of 'amaBooks Publishers and Pathisa Nyathi.
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World AIDS Day and a library at Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo

World AIDS Day was commemorated at Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo with the announcement of support from the US Embassy in Zimbabwe for the Opportunistic Infection Clinic Resource Centre at the hospital for young people living with HIV/AIDS - the only one of its kind in Zimbabwe. All 1500 young people between the ages of 13 and 24 who are registered at the clinic can take advantage of the facilities of
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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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Zimbabwe Writers Association Meeting

The Zimbabwe Writers Association (ZWA) cordially invites you to the first of its monthly meetings on Saturday 3 December 2011 at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, 20 Julius Nyerere Way, Harare from 2:00pm to 4:30pm in the library extension (upstairs) for the purposes of discussion and readings. You are reminded to bring your $10 membership fees.The major objective of ZWA is to bring together all willing
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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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YouTube video of the Bulawayo launch of Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe

A YouTube video of the Bulawayo launch of Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe, featuring Owen Maseko's live interpretation of NoViolet Bulawayo's story in the collection as it is read at the launch is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0U_ro4bhqo
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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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Conversations with Writers: Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende

Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende was born in Zimbabwe. She worked in Germany for a number of years before moving to Scotland where she was a student at the University of Glasgow. Currently, she lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.One of her short stories has been featured in Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe (amaBooks, 2011).In this interview, Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende talks about her concerns as a writer:Do
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Where to Now? reviewed on www.mazwi.com

Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe was launched by ‘amaBooks at the National Gallery on 24th September 2011 in conjunction with the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo. It will also be published by Parthian Books in UK in 2012. Editor Jane Morris and ‘amaBooks of Bulawayo began publishing anthologies of Zimbabwe-themed short writings in the early 2000s. The current volume follows the success
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Murenga Joseph Chikowero interviewed on Conversations with Writers

Zimbabwean writer, Murenga Joseph Chikowero is a doctoral student in African Literature and Film at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.In 2010, he collaborated with Annie Holmes and Peter Orner on an oral history project which gave birth to the highly-regarded book, Hope Deferred (McSweeney’s Publishing, 2010).His short stories have featured in the anthology, Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe
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Where to Now? reviewed in Newsday

Where to Now? — Short Stories from ZimbabweREVIEWED BY CYNTHIA R MATONHODZE - Oct 11 2011 06:43Editor: Jane MorrisPublisher: ‘amaBooks, Bulawayo, 2011, 146ppThe anthology Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe features a mixture of 16 Zimbabwean writers, some new and others well known, among them 2011 Caine Prize winner NoViolet Bulawayo and 2011 World Summit Youth Awards runner-up Fungai Rufaro
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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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Conversations with Writers: Omen Nyevero Muza

From: http://conversationswithwriters.blogspot.com/2011/09/interview-omen-muza.htmlTHURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011[Interview] Omen MuzaOmen Nyevero Muza holds an MBA and runs a financial advisory firm he co-founded in Harare.He is also a financial columnist with a local daily newspaper.One of his short stories appears in the anthology, Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe (amaBooks, 2011).He writes
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Conversations with Writers: Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

Conversations with Writers [Interview] Novuyo Rosa Tshuma http://conversationswithwriters.blogspot.com/2011/09/interview-novuyo-rosa-tshuma.html Novuyo Rosa Tshuma is a Zimbabwean writer currently studying at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. In 2009, she won the Intwasa Short Story Competition. Her short stories have been featured in anthologies that include The Bed Book of Short
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Song of the Carnivores Competition Winners

Edgar Langeveldt and Peggy Lendrum shared the $500 prize for the Song of the Carnivores lyric writing competition.The competition aims to encourage interest amongst young people in conservation, particularly of the endangered carnivores - lion, cheetah, hyena, leopard and wild dog.The results were announced during the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo by Brian Jones of 'amaBooks Publishers.Consideration
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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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Bulawayo Launch of Where to Now? on 24th September

Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe will be launched in Bulawayo at 5pm on Saturday 24th September at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo. All are welcome to come to listen to readings from the book and to meet the writers.The launch is part of the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo, which runs from 19th to 25th September.Publication of the book has been supported by the Beit Trust, the
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'amaBooks at the Jozi Book Fair

Following the launch of Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe at Wits University Writers Centre, 'amaBooks took part in the 2011 Jozi Book Fair at Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg.As well as selling books, meeting existing and potential writers, and attending round table discussions, including 'Women and South African Publishing', 'Social Media, Reading and Writing' and 'The Arab Spring',
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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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The Sowetan covers Jozi Book Fair and the Launch of Where to Now?

Reading gets a boostAUG 4, 2011 | EDWARD TSUMELE IT IS all systems go for the annual Jozi Book Fair with the organisers Khanya College having confirmed the exhibitors and the guest speakers.The fair takes place from Saturday August 6 to Monday August 8.The book fair, which takes place every year at Museum Africa, Newtown in Johannesburg, seems to be growing bigger and better as more publishing companies
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Where to Now? The South African Launch

'amaBooks Publishers and the Writers Centre at Wits Universityinvite you to the launch ofWhere to Now?Short Stories from ZimbabweFriday 5 August, 4 - 6 pmWriters Centre, Wartenweiler Library, East Campus, Witwatersrand UniversityThe writing in this collection, at times dark, at times laced with comedy, is set against the backdrop of Zimbabwe’s ‘lost decade’ of rampant inflation, violence, economic
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'Where to Now?' at ZIBF 2011

’amaBooks will introduce their latest book to the public during the Zimbabwe International Book Fair 2011, which takes place at Harare Gardens from 28 to 30 July. The collection, Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe, features sixteen Zimbabwean writers - Raisedon Baya, NoViolet Bulawayo, Diana Charsley, Mapfumo Clement Chihota, Murenga Joseph Chikowero, John Eppel, Fungai Rufaro Machirori, Barbara
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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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Bulawayo writer wins 2011 Caine Prize

NoViolet Bulawayo wins 'African Booker'(From http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jul/12/noviolet-bulawayo-caine-prize) £10,000 Caine prize goes to story by Bulawayo writer Zimbabwean author NoViolet Bulawayo has won major African literary award, the Caine prize, for her short story about a starving gang of children from a shanty town. Bulawayo's Hitting Budapest tells the story of six children
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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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'This September Sun' reviewed by Barbara Mhangami-Ruwende

This September Sun is a searing account of family and “the ties that bind” as told from the perspective of a young woman trying to find her place within her family, her country and her world at large. The story is set in Rhodesia/ Zimbabwe and begins in dramatic fashion: “On the 18th of April 1980, my grandfather burnt the British flag. I remember because it was my sixth birthday and he ruined
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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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Geosi Reads interviews Bryony Rheam, author of This September Sun

From: http://geosireads.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/bryony-rheam-author-of-this-september-sun-interviewed/Brief Biography:Bryony Rheam was born in Kadoma in 1974 and lived in Bulawayo from the age of eight until she left school. She studied for a BA and an MA in English Literature in the United Kingdom and then taught in Singapore for a year before returning to teach in Zimbabwe in 2001. She was part
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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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'amaBooks Goes to the London Book Fair, from Zimbo Jam

The 2011 London Book Fair took place at Earl’s Court from April 11 to 13. It is an annual event, the United Kingdom’s major book fair, attracting around 20,000 publishing professionals. Both Jane Morris, my partner in ’amaBooks, and myself were fortunate in being supported to travel to London for the fair.My experience of previous book fairs has been limited to those in Zimbabwe and the 2010
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This September Sun available in North America

Bryony Rheam's novel This September Sun is now available in North America through the African Books Collective. It can be purchased online through www.africanbookscollective.com, www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com and others.The book will be published in the United Kingdom by Parthian Books in September 2011.
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Barbara Mhangami reviews Chris Mlalazi's Dancing with Life

Chris Mlalazi describes a Bulawayo of which I only recognized tiny remnants. Having left Zimbabwe, Bulawayo in 1990, and only returning for very short periods since then, the Bulawayo he describes was unfamiliar, frightening and in cases quite repulsive. I do not recall ever having such feelings about Bulawayo even on my last visit there in 2002. Clearly, there has been a decay and a degradation which
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Geosi Reads reviews This September Sun

Title: This September Sun Author: Bryony Rheam Rating: 4/5 Publisher / Year: 'amaBooks / 2009 ‘On the 18th of April 1980, my grandfather burnt the British flag. I remember because it was my sixth birthday and he ruined it.’ This begins the narrator’s recount of the occurrences surrounding her sixth birthday and – thus – sets the novel in motion. The narration of Rheam’s compelling first
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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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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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Election Day wins two NAMA Awards

Election Day, Christopher Mlalazi's play, adapted from the short story of the same name from Dancing with Life: Tales from the Township, has won two awards at the Zimbabwe National Arts Merit Awards. The play, directed by Eunice Ratidzo Tava, won Outstanding Theatrical Production and Teddy Mangava won the Outstanding Actor prize for his performance in the play.
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Liilian Dube wins Writing with Light poetry competition

Lillian Dube's poem Jazz has won the Writing with Light competition, the results of which were announced at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on February 17.The competition, which involved poets interpreting the photographs of Resta Nyamwanza, was praised by the judges, Brian Jones and Jane Morris of 'amaBooks. The work submitted was of a high standard, as were the photographs, and the impressive
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'Election Day' nominated for 3 NAMA Awards

Christopher Mlalazi's play Election Day has been nominated for three awards at the 2011 Zimbabwe National Arts Merit Awards. The play is an adaptation of the short story of the same name that was published in Chris' Dancing with Life: Tales from the Township, published by 'amaBooks in 2008. Dancing with Life won the NAMA for Best First Published Creative Work in 2009 and was given an Honourable Mention
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Novuyo Rosa Tshuma interviewed on Geosireads

Novuyo Rosa Tshuma is interviewed about her writing on http://geosireads.wordpress.com/2011/02/02/in-an-interview-with-zimbabwe-writer-novuyo-rosa-tshuma/.Novuyo was first published in the 'amaBooks collections Echoes of Young Voices and Silent Cry, and has gone on to have short stories published in several other anthologies.
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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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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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Julius Chingono

It is with sadness that we have learnt that Julius Sekai Chingono, the much loved poet and prose writer, died at Norton General Hospital on January 2. Born in 1946 on a commercial farm near Harare, Julius spent much of his working life as a rock blaster in the mines. He wrote in both Shona and English, and won awards for poems written in both languages. Julius had five books published: one play,
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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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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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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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Christopher Mlalazi's Election Day at Theatre in the Park

Christopher Mlalazi's play Election Day is to run at Harare's Theatre in the Park from 10 to 27 November at 5.30pm and at 7.30pm each day, except Sundays and Mondays. The short story Election Day on which the play is based appears in Chris' award-winning collection Dancing with Life: Tale from the Township. The book is available in many outlets in Bulawayo and Harare, including just across Harare Gardens
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Bulawayo poets featured on Poetry International website

The work of seven Bulawayo poets is featured on this month's Poetry International website. Four of the seven have been published by 'amaBooks: Deon Marcus has had poems in each of the four books in the Short Writings series and his collection Sonatas won the 2005 National Arts Merit Award for Best First Book and the Zimbabwe Book Publishers Association award for Poetry and Drama; Shari Eppel's poem
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UK Publishing Deal for Bryony Rheam

Zimbo Jam reports the publishing deal between 'amaBooks and Parthian Books that will result in Bryony Rheam's This September Sun being available in UK bookshops in 2011.The article also reports that This September Sun is now available online in South Africa through www.porcupinepress.co.za and that it is available as an ebook in the USA through www.scribd.com.The article can be found at http://www.zimbojam.com/culture/literary-news/1877-uk-publishing-deal-for-bryony-rheam.htmlThe
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Bryony Rheam interviewed in African Writing

Bryony Rheam's interview with Emmanuel Sigauke about This September Sun has appeared in African Writing. The magazine is available as a 110-page print edition, or can be purchased online through www.african-writing.com.The photographs are of Emmanuel Sigauke and of Bryony Rheam with Jeanette Johnson at the launch of This September Sun. Jeanette is the Bulawayo artist whose painting was used for the
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Christopher Mlalazi reads with Ron Slate at the Sacramento Poetry Centre

Christopher Mlalazi read from his work at the Sacramento Poetry Centre on October 11. Also reading at the same event was American poet Ron Slate.Chris read from his award-winning collection Dancing with Life: Tales from the Township.Ron Slate earned his Masters degree in creative writing from Stanford University in 1973 and did his doctoral work in American literature at the University of Wisconsin,
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Tendai Huchu appreciates This September Sun

Tendai Huchu, author of the recently published novel The Hairdresser of Harare, comments on Bryony Rheam's This September Sun:"This September Sun is really really good, the prose borders on poetic. It's a gentle yet stunningly visual story. She's a breath of fresh air. Most of our authors, myself included, are storytellers but Bryony seems to be more of a stylist, an artist.Over the last decade, decade
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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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Bongani Ncube-Zikhali wins the Intwasa Short Story Competition

Bongani Ncube-Zikhali has won the 2010 Intwasa Short Story Competition, following in the footsteps of other 'amaBooks writers: Thabisani Ndlovu, Bryony Rheam, Chaltone Tshabangu and Novuyo Rosa Tshuma.Three of Bongani's short stories have so far been published by 'amaBooks: Just Trust Me in Echoes of Young Voices; Freedom and The Face of Truth in Silent Cry: Echoes of Young Voices II. All three of
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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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'Memorable Moments' in This September Sun

Emmanuel Sigauke discusses some key moments in his reading of Bryony Rheam's This September Sun on the Wealth of Ideas blog.http://vasigauke.blogspot.com/2010/08/key-moments-in-this-september-sun-by.htmlThe article will also appear later on the Moments in Literature website.
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Chenjerai Hove comments on Chris Mlalazi's Dancing with Life

Chenjerai Hove comments in a letter to Christopher Mlalazi about his Dancing with Life: Tales from the Township (with permission from Chenjerai and Chris): I got your short story collection and have already finished reading it. I enjoyed tremendously the ‘chase of the week’. I was laughing alone in my place like a mad man. I think the story captures the real atmosphere of a township, and the
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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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Mai Palmberg – “If Zimbabwe’s soul isn’t completely eroded before its nightmare is over, it will be thanks to people in culture”

Mai Palmberg, a Finnish cultural researcher who has done work about Zimbabwe, said her first reaction about Zimbabwe artists was: “How do they have the strength to continue in a situation where everything seems to fall apart, from the availability of bread to decent behaviour among fellow citizens?” “And yet they continue; if it is not possible to paint in bright colours, the artist paints in
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Another Interview with Bryony Rheam - this one from Ghana

Bryony Rheam's interview with Nana Fredua-Agyeman, from Accra in Ghana, has appeared on the ImageNations: Promoting African Literature website. This September Sun is attracting a lot of interest around the world, with this interview from Ghana, Ambrose Musiyiwa's from the United Kingdom and Emmanuel Sigauke's from the USA. An article by Bryony about her writing is due to appear in the next issue of
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Granta Interview with Owen Sheers

Owen Sheers has been interviewed by Granta online editor Ollie Brock about the article he wrote for Granta about his recent visit to Zimbabwe, during which he helped launch Bryony Rheam's novel This September Sun. An excerpt is below; the full interview can be seen at http://www.granta.com/An-interview-with-Owen-Sheers"What challenges do writers face in Zimbabwe? What benefits can they bring?A few
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Wealth of Ideas blog discusses This September Sun and Dancing with Life

"I just finished and am ready to review Bryony Rheam's "This September Sun" and Chris Mlalazi's "Dancing with Life". Mine are more like reflections and comments about what I liked, what I call key moments. These are usually the parts of the stories that I found intriguing, or ones that caught my attention for one thing or another. For instance, while reading "This September Sun", I noted up to 35 places
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Christopher Mlalazi reads at Eso Won Bookstore in Los Angeles

Emmanuel Sigauke's article about the event at Eso Won Bookstore in Los Angeles that featured readings by Christopher Mlalazi and himself appears on the Wealth of Ideas blog http://vasigauke.blogspot.com/2010/08/all-about-eso-won-books-reading-and.html.As well as other pieces, Chris read The Bulldozers are Coming from his award-winning collection Dancing with Life: Tales from the Township.
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Interview with Jane Morris

The Conversations with Writers website is featuring an interview with 'amaBooks editor Jane Morris.It is on http://conversationswithwriters.blogspot.com/2010/08/interview-jane-morris.html
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This September Sun wins Best First Published Book at ZBPA Awards

Bryony Rheam's mystery/romance novel This September Sun has won the Best First Published Book of the Zimbabwe Book Publishers Awards held during this year's Zimbabwe International Book Fair. The awards are open to any book published in Zimbabwe in the previous year. More information about the book, including an extract and online sales outlets, can be found through book2look at http://b2l.bz/y7teCRAn
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'amaBooks at the Jozi Book Fair

'amaBooks will also have a stand at the Jozi Book Fair, which takes place at Museum Africa in Newtown on 7 to 9 August. If you are in or around Johannesburg, please come and have a look at the books we have in stock.The overall purpose of the Jozi Book Fair is to promote of a culture of reading and writing, and to provide a public and visible platform where three key social partners can come together.
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'amaBooks at the Cape Town Book Fair

Jane Morris and Brian Jones of 'amaBooks are both, courtesy of the Goethe Institute and the British Council respectively, to be at this year's Cape Town Book Fair, which takes place at the Cape Town International Conference Centre from 30 July to 3 August. The Cape Town Book Fair is the largest in sub-Saharan Africa, with over 220 exhibitors drawn from 31 countries. Anyone interested in Zimbabwe literature
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Interview with Bryony Rheam in The Standard

Bryony Rheam's interview with Ambrose Musiyiwa about her novel This September Sun appeared in last week's The Standard newspaper.The interview can be found at http://www.thestandard.co.zw/entertainment/25483-this-september-sun-a-work-of-fiction--rheam.html
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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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Christopher Mlalazi in Los Angeles

Villa Aurora & Eso Won Bookstore present an evening of stories, poetry & music with 2010 Feuchtwanger Fellow Christopher Mlalazi, Zimbabwe fellow Zimbabwean writer and editor Emmanuel Sigauke & Judicanti Responsura 7PM on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Eso Won Bookstore 4331 Degnan Boulevard, Los Angeles 90008 Villa Aurora’s 2010 Feuchtwanger Fellow, Zimbabwean
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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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Books of 2010 blog article about This September Sun

The 'Books of 2010' blog has an article about the appeal of Bryony Rheam's This September Sun to Zimbabweans in the diaspora. Extract below, for the full article look at http://booksof2010.blogspot.com/2010/06/this-september-sun-by-bryony-rheam.html ."I realised a couple of years ago that Americans and me were kind of different, in that your average 30 year old American has seen versions of themselves
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Conversations with Writers: Bryony Rheam interviewed

Bryony Rheam's interview with Ambrose Musiyiwa about her writing of This September Sun, and of her short stories, has been published on the Conversations with Writers blog, http://conversationswithwriters.blogspot.com/2010/06/interview-bryony-rheam.html.
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'amaBooks at Falcon Fair

'amaBooks braved the winter cold to take part in Falcon College Fair, near Esigodini in Matabeleland South, on Saturday 19 June. Best seller at the fair - Bryony Rheam's This September Sun.As well as on our own stand, the books were displayed on the award-winning stand of Atelier Cuir.
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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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Bryony Rheam at The Book Café, Harare

Bryony Rheam, author of This September Sun, was at The Book Café in Harare on Thursday 27 May for a discussion of her book. After Bryony read a short excerpt from the novel, Eresinah Hwede of Zimbabwe Women Writers presented a paper in which she identified some of the major themes of the novel, such as that of the search for identity and the ever-shrinking world of the white Zimbabwean. Francis
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Mambo Hills reviewed in The Digging Stick

BOOK REVIEW from The Digging Stick (newsletter of the South African Archeological Society), December 2009 Mambo Hills: Historical and Religious Significance Clarke, Marieke. 2008. Bulawayo. 'amaBooks. Soft cover, 36 pp. The Mambo Hills north‑east of Bulawayo have long been an important locus in Zimbabwe's history, perhaps rivalled in Matabeleland only by the Matobo Hills. The history of
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Owen Sheers in London

Owen Sheers will take part in an evening of discussion and readings with fellow Welsh writer Dannie Abse at The Arts Club in London on June 17th at 6.30pm.Owen has visited Zimbabwe on several occasions, most recently in November 2009 when he helped launch Bryony Rheam's novel This September Sun. He has also been published by 'amaBooks, with a poem in Short Writings from Bulawayo III, a short story
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Bryony Rheam's Book Promotion

Bryony Rheam has been praised in Zimbo Jam for her hard work in promoting her novel This September Sun, with launches and book signings in Bulawayo, Harare and in Lusaka, and, last night, in the discussion about her book at The Book Cafe in Harare.As Zimbo Jam says,  Bryony is setting a noteworthy example for other writers to follow. The full article is available at http://www.zimbojam.com/culture/literary-news/1459-bryony-rheams-book-promotion-tour.html
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Poetry Bulawayo: Competition Results

The results of the Poetry Bulawayo Competition, supported by 'amaBooks, were as follows:Top Twenty Poems1. Vashti - Bhekumuzi Tshuma2.Empty Confesions of Time - Nkosilathi Sibanda3.Through the Park - Busisiwe Khanyile4. Ileya (Homecoming) - Abdul razaq Adebola Afolabi5.How I feel - Bubelo Thabelo Mlilo6.He is back - Lilian Dube7.In Bulawayo The Streets Are Big - Mthabisi Phili8.National Healing - Abel
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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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'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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Bryony Rheam @ The Book Cafe in Harare

On Thursday evening, 27 May at 5.30pm, Harare’s Book Café will be holding a literary discussion on the book ‘This September Sun’ - a debut novel by Zimbabwean writer Bryony Rheam, published by ’amaBooks of Bulawayo. The book was reviewed in the Zimbabwean weekly The Standard on 01 May as ‘a new refreshing breeze that offers an incisive insight into the Rhodesian and, later, Zimbabwean psyche’
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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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This September Sun reviewed in The Standard

A review of Bryony Rheam's This September Sun, by Midlands State University lecturer Francis Mungana, has been published in The Standard of 2 May. The review, below, summarises the book as 'a rich addition to the canon of Zimbabwean and world literature.' I must begin this review by confessing that prior to my reading Rheam’s This September Sun I had very little knowledge of the fictional works
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Election Day at HIFA 2010

Christopher Mlalazi's play Election Day, adapted from the short story of the same name that appears in his award-winning collection Dancing with Life: Tales from the Township, is to performed at HIFA this week, at Reps Theatre Upstairs on Wednesday 28 April at 4pm, Friday 30 April at 11.30am and Saturday 1 May at 4pm. Tickets are $5. The book, also containing 9 other stories, can be purchased at several
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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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Bryony Rheam's Harare Book Signing

Photographs of Bryony Rheam signing copies of This September Sun at Avondale Bookshop in Harare are shown in an article about the book signing on Zimbo Jam (see link above).The photo above, from Zimbo Jam, shows Bryony with performance poet Albert Nyathi, who is a fan of the novel, at the signing. Albert has said of This September Sun: 'This is a wonderful book. I read it on the plane, underground
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'amaBooks not at the London Book Fair

Jane Morris and Brian Jones of 'amaBooks failed to get to the London Book Fair, as, with so many others, their flights were cancelled due to the volcanic ash cloud over the United Kingdom.The book fair, which is attended by around 23,000 people in the book industry from across the world, was held from 19-21 April. 'amaBooks hoped that attending the fair would help to promote their books to a much wider
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Bryony Rheam Book Signing in Harare

Bryony will be at Avondale Bookshop in Harare this Friday (16th April) at 10am to sign copies of her novel, This September Sun.Please come along if you would like your copy signed, or to buy a copy, or to talk to Bryony about her novel. This September Sun is a chronicle of the lives of two women, the romantic Evelyn and her granddaughter Ellie, from the time Evelyn arrived in the then Rhodesia at
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Article on This September Sun signing from Bulawayo's Chronicle

This September Sun author signs autographsEntertainment EditorBRYONY Rheam, the author of the book This September Sun, which was launched in Bulawayo last year, was yesterday at the Indaba Book Cafe signing her book. Indaba Book Cafe is a bookshop which was recently opened in Bulawayo. A handful of people had the opportunity to meet and ask her questions on her book and have her signthe books that
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This September Sun review from The Zimbabwean

Phillip Chidavaenzi's review of Bryony Rheam's novel has appeared in The Zimbabwean, summarizing it as 'an engaging novel... a worthy read.'The review continues:'The book tells the story of Ellie, intertwined with the tales of her loved ones, and how fate often interferes with people’s well-laid plans...Rheam successfully punctures the romantic illusions that many locals have about the European Diaspora
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Bryony Rheam Signs Books at Bulawayo's Indaba Book Cafe

Bryony Rheam was at the Indaba Book Cafe on Friday 9 April signing copies of her novel This September Sun. She is seen here signing a copy for Tswarelo Mothobe, who is involved with The Lounge, The Green Room and Poetic Brush.Bryony brought with her from Zambia a copy of Lusaka's Lowdown magazine, which featured a review of This September Sun and read 'the book was easy to read... the type of book
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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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Publishing in Zimbabwe - article in Cambridge magazine

An article about 'amaBooks, entitled Publishing in Zimbabwe: voices from a failing state, has just appeared in Optima, a magazine from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University. The piece considers publishing in Zimbabwe, 'amaBooks and the career of Brian Jones, one of the 'amaBooks directors.The article is on pages 10 and 11 of Optima 16, 2010http://www.fitz.cam.ac.uk/mi-client/media/import/documents/Optima16.pdf
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Reading Group in Mzilikazi Library

'amaBooks has facilitated a reading group project in Bulawayo, in conjunction with three local organisations, one of which is Youths for Today and Tomorrow. Each of the groups has been given copies of Christopher Mlalazi's Dancing with Life: Tales from the Township to read and discuss, and copies of other books will be given later. The project is supported by the Public Affairs section of the US Embassy
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Short Stories Sought by 'amaBooks

'amaBooks and Parthian Books are planning a book of Zimbabwean short stories, to be published in early 2011 in both Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom.There is no particular theme, but we would like stories about contemporary life in Zimbabwe, preferably of around 3000+ words.This has been an on-and-off project for a while, but we are both now committed to going ahead.The book is to follow on from the
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This September Sun Launched in Lusaka

Bryony Rheam's novel This September Sun was launched with a reading by Bryony in Lusaka last Friday. The event took place, during heavy rains, at Ababa House in Addis Ababa Drive. The books are now available for sale at Ababa House, which the Lonely Planet guide describes as 'a smart boutique full of imaginative creations from Zambian and Zimbabwean artists, furniture-makers and weavers', as well as
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Congratulations to 2 'amaBooks writers

Christopher Mlalazi has been offered a Feuchtwanger Fellowship, a nine-month residency for a writer at the Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades, California. The selection committee for the Hellman/Hammett grant programme, which is managed by Human Rights Watch, was asked to suggest a writer for the Fellowship and Christopher was selected. The Villa Aurora is the former home of exiled German-Jewish writer
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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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Christopher Mlalazi Interview on 'Conversations with Writers'

Christopher Mlalazi's interview with Ambrose Musiyiwa has been posted on the Conversations with Writers blog. The interview concentrates on his award-winning collection of short stories, Dancing with Life: Tales from the Township, and also on his collaboration with Raisedon Baya, which resulted in the banned play The Crocodile of Zambezi, as well as others.In the interview, Christopher describes Dancing
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