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The Africa39 is Announced

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From Accra Books and Things:

Just saw an announcement about the Africa39 list of upcoming African writers under 40.  More information is available via the Hay Festival Africa39 webpages.

According to the list of nominees, there are three with a Ghanaian connection:
  1. Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, author of Powder Necklace (and yes, I have read it).
  2. Nii Ayikwei Parkes, author of Tail of the Blue Bird (which I have mentioned on several occasions!)
  3. Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go (I've already mentioned this novel, one of my favourites for 2013).
It is however worth noting that all these Ghanaian authors live mostly outside Ghana - though Nii Ayikwei Parkes is presently in Ghana.

Congratulations to all the nominees, and of course I look forward to reading the anthology of short stories which will be launched in October 2014.


Books, reading, and libraries relevant to Africa by Michael Kevane, co-Director of FAVL and economist at Santa Clara University.

Other contributors include Kate Parry, FAVL-East Africa director, FAVL Burkina Faso representative Koura Donkoui, FAVL Burkina Faso program manager Krystle Nanema, and FAVL friends Emilie Crofton and Elisee Sare.

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