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Redemption Song and other stories. The Caine Prize For African Writing 2018

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'Africa’s most important literary award.' - International Herald Tribune.


Author: Various. Edited by Chris Brazier and The Caine Prize.


Now in its nineteenth year the Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa’s leading literary prize, and is awarded to a short story by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere. This collection brings together the five 2018 shortlisted stories, along with stories written at the Caine Prize Writers’ Workshop which took place in Rwanda in April 2018. The shortlist comprises: American Dream by Nonyelum Ekwempu (Nigeria) The Armed Letter Writers by Olofunke Ogundimu (Nigeria) Fanta Blackcurrant by Makena Onjerika (Kenya) Involution by Stacy Hardy (South Africa) Wednesday’s Story by Wole Talabi (Nigeria)



Paperback. Pages: 256. Publication date: 2 July 2018

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The workshop stories are: No Ordinary Soirée by Paula Akugizibwe Tie Kidi by Awuor Onyango Calling the Clouds Home by Heran T. Abate America by Caroline Numuhire All Things Bright and Beautiful by Troy Onyango Departure by Nsah Mala Where Rivers Go to Die by Dilman Dila Ngozi by Bongani Sibanda The Weaving of Death by Lucky Grace Isingizwe Redemption Song by Arinze Ifeakandu Spaceman by Bongani Kona Grief is the Gift that Breaks the Spirit Open by Eloghosa Osunde.


The 2018 judging panel comprises: Dinaw Mengestu, journalist, author and graduate of Georgetown University and of Columbia University’s M.F.A programme in fiction; Alain Mabanckou, prolific Francophone Congolese poet and novelist and Man Booker International Prize finalist (2015); reporter, columnist and poet Ahmed Rajab; Henrietta Rose-Innes, a South African author who won the Caine Prize in 2008; Lola Shoneyin, a Nigerian writer who has won the Ken Saro-Wiwa Prose Prize, among others.


The prize was launched in 2000 to encourage and highlight the richness and diversity of African writing by bringing it to a wider audience internationally. The focus on the short story reflects the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition.


'Africa’s most important literary award.' - International Herald Tribune. ‘An admirable and essential gateway to current African fiction.’ - Booklist. ‘Entertaining. Deserves to be widely read.’ - Sunday Independent, South Africa. ‘Dazzling and splendidly diverse.’ - The Times.



Format: Paperback. Pages: 256. Publication date: 2 July 2018. Size: 19.4cm x 12.9 cm.

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Code BCP18
ISBN 9781780264615
Supplier New Internationalist
Values and causes Educational, New Internationalist

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