Some decades ago, before it was rechristened the "East Village," New York's Alphabet City was a destination of true Bohemians, even literally, with the Czechs amongst other Eastern European immigrants. And then, in the late '50's and early '60's came the "intellectuals." Poets, novelists, jazz musicians and political progressives of all colors took up residence in that section of the city, living side by side with the immigrants.
Through African literature, which leads the charge, academic Bill Ashcroft argues for the very "necessity of utopia" in Africa
"Memory is what makes us who we are," says Kenyan Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o - a frequent contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature - in this video about how colonizers sought to erase the memories of the natives by severing their linguistic connections.
Meet Yaa, a 10 year old girl from a small village in Ghana, whose birth parents send her off on a journey with hopes of her never returning (crazy, right?). Because the thought of them raising a daughter that no man would want to marry was too much of a burden on them.
Whenever I create this inspirational smokescreen, I omit the fact that I started writing when I was in my teenage years, six
I was able to chat recently with A.J. Walkley, my friend and a novelist, right before the launch of her newest book, Vuto.
I wrote the book Vuto (which means "trouble" or "problem" in the Malawian language of Chichewa) to not only get across some
When it comes to fiction writers you read, which countries are most of them from? Why do you focus on literature from those countries? And what are your favorite books from outside your geographic comfort zone?