News about African writing and prizes

I just read from one of the lists which I follow that Penguin South Africa will be launching the Penguin African Writers Series.  Good news, as many of us here have missed the old Heinemann series being updated.

I can’t say that the Heinemann African Writers Series has been totally defunct, though, as I have certainly bought new copies of the books in some of the Accra bookshops.  Indeed I am actually re-reading Chinua Achebe’s Things fall apart, though in a way it is actually like reading it  afresh, since I think I read it for the first time over 35 years ago!

The other piece of good news that there are to be Penguin prizes for African writing, which will join the Caine prize.

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