Category: Our Books

BOOK COVER REVEAL! The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Vol 4

More than a celebration of the many survivors of sexual abuse who have come forward to confront sexual harassment as part of the #MeToo and #IBelieveHer movements, the new cover for our forthcoming anthology, The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 4, is a vote of confidence for the many voices […]

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Ope Adedeji Wins Our Short Story Prize

For the fourth instalment of our annual competition, The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story, we called on African short story writers to explore the many faces of religion in today’s world. With religion as a theme, we were looking for stories that would use faith as a strategy to investigate all that […]

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New Book Alert: Hardly Working by Zukiswa Wanner

We are proud to announce our first book of the year, our first nonfiction book – Hardly Working: A Travel memoir of shorts by Zukiswa Wanner In Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts, Zukiswa Wanner faces the challenges of travelling by road and crossing several borders while being a Zambian-born South African who lives […]

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The Shortlist Interviews: Osemegbe Aito – Petrichor

Heaven is a busy market and in Osemegbe Aito’s Petrichor it’s not always clear if Paradise is a better alternative to hell or perhaps organized religion has been selling the whole idea of unbridled well-being wrong. A careful petition, Aito presents us with Rachel and her cast of supporting figures – all hellbent on getting her to […]

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The Shortlist Interviews: Mary Ononokpono – Firewater

Disrupted trajectories characterize the multiplex world of Firewater: in Mary Ononokpono’s story, a firm study of social relationships as queuing networks, birth and death do not go hand in hand so smoothly, and complicated answers are ever provoked by softened questions. We spoke to Mary about the many passions that brought Firewater to being.   Black Letter Media: It’s intoxicating how subtly you […]

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The Shortlist Interviews: Mwikali Mutune – Eye Color

We spoke to Mwikali Mutune about her short story Eye Color, a dystopian thriller centred on a cult hero whose death triggers the crumbling end for a totalitarian regime. Eye Color raises questions about tribal supremacy, the policing of love as un/pure, and is strangely tender in mapping the repercussions of one man’s faith in the power of […]

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Book Cover Reveal! The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Vol 3

We are excited to share with you the new cover of our upcoming short story anthology: The Short is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 3. The artwork was created by Megan Ross who is also responsible for last year’s cover. Volume 3 features the work of fifteen emerging writers who call Africa home, including […]

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Black Letter Media Shines At 8th Jozi Book Fair

  We need to see ourselves in books. – Mohale Mashigo   It was a great weekend at the 8th Jozi Book Fair: Youth Rising at Wits University. The sun was out and so were all the readers, writers and booksellers. Duduzile Mabaso handed down her short story wisdom to the students in the How To Write […]

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The Shortlist Interviews: Obinna Udenwe – Men Are Fools

Men Are Fools… I’m sure something is everyone woman has uttered at some stage in her life. But here Obinna Udenwe skilfully turns the tables on our expectations of young men and women and their behaviour. Set in Ghana, in the fever of the Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match, “Men Are Fools” is a story of global […]

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The Shortlist Interviews: Nkosithandile Peme – For My Brother

In For My Brother, Nkosithandile chronicles the interplay between a rebellious brother and his sister tripping over the loose ends of a romantic relationship gone awry. For such a young writer, she explores some weighty themes including: the generational influence of HIV/AIDS and grief. We spoke to the young woman behind the story to get to the heart of […]

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