1. Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan. New York and London: Little, Brown, 2008. A collection of five dramatic stories viewing life through the eyes of the continent of Africa’s dispossessed children and young people. Powerfully portrays the dark side of human experience in Africa. Akpan is a Nigerian Jesuit priest based in Lagos, Nigeria. Click on the cover to the left or HERE to order your copy from Amazon.com
2. Link: Kwani Trust are publishers of the groundbreaking journal of contemporary Kenyan writing, Kwani? and coordinators of Sunday Salon Nairobi (http://www.sundaysalon.com/nairobi-salon) – a Prose Reading Series and Poetry Open Mic -- a Poetry Reading Series in Nairobi, Kenya. Go to: http://www.kwani.org
Highlights the booklet After the Vote: Five Dispatches from the Coalition of Concerned Kenyan Writers ( Nairobi, Kenya: Kwanini? Series, 2008). These are short stories by the Concerned Kenyan Writer's Coalition on the post election crisis in Kenya in 2008. See also the Special Issue of Wajibu: A Journal of Social and Ethical Concern, 23, 1-2 (2008). The theme is " Kenya : Redefining Ourselves" and contains stories by these Kenyan Writers.
3. New Link: The Annual Caine Prize for African Writing is awarded to a work (a short story) by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere. The prize is described as Africa’s leading literary award. It is awarded annually starting in 2000. The prize sponsors Writers' Workshops in Africa. Go to: http://www.caineprize.com