Because sometimes life is too short for a long story.

A Tiny Place Called Happiness

A Tiny Place Called Happiness

A Tiny Place Called Happiness is a book of short stories with twenty-two stories. Nwilo, who is also the author of Diary Of A Stupid Boyfriend, is one of the most innovative and refreshingly experimental voices in Nigerian literature. He is funny, has a huge social media followership that he keeps thrilled with his funny and educative updates.

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Africa 39; New Writing from Africa south of the Sahara

For the second time, Bloomsbury is honored to be a part of the festivities, publishing worldwide Africa39 -a collection of brand new work from these talented thirty-nine.

With an introduction by Wole Soyinka, Africa39 is a must-read for anyone curious about Africa today and Africa tomorrow, as envisioned through the eyes of its brightest literary stars.

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Africa Writes Back

Africa Writes Back: The African Writer’s Series & the Launch of African Literature captures the energy of literary publishing in a new and undefined field. Portraits of the leading characters and the many consultants and readers providing reports and advice to new and established writers make Africa Writes Back a stand-out book. James Currey’s voice and insights are an added bonus.

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African Violet and Other Short Stories - Caine Prize Anthology 2012

African Violet and Other Short Stories – Caine Prize Anthology 2012

The Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa’s leading literary prize. For over ten years it has supported and promoted contemporary African writing. Keeping true to its motto “Africa will always bring something new,” the prize has helped launch the literary careers of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Segun Afolabi, Leila Aboulela, Brian Chikwava, EC Osondu Henrietta Rose-Innes, Binyavanga Wainaina, and many others.

The 2012 collection includes the five shortlisted stories and the stories written at the Caine Prize Writers’ Workshop. It will be published to coincide with the announcement of the award in July 2012.

If you’re a reader looking for a book to perk your jaded interest in a world with too many homogeneous books, African Violet and Other Stories,  is the book for you. These 15 unique short stories depict the reality of this continent: brutal, passionate and wounded. In each, the different facets of Africa glitter with tears of despair, anger, rage and desperation. But there are also glimpses of that spirit that gives Africa her strength: even in the darkest stories there is courage and hope, and sometimes laughter.

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best of whispers by wahome mutahi

Best of Whispers

Popularly known as “Whispers,” after his column in the Sunday Nation, Wahome offered his readers and audience a satirical view of the trials and tribulations of Kenyan life under the Moi regime in the 80s and 90s.

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Bury Me Come Sunday Afternoon

In this short story collection, Nike Campbell-Fatoki filters the lives of contemporary Nigerians through a colourful and vivid prism, where past sins come to upset settled lives, where lost lives fuel a campaign for a better future and nothing is as it seems. She explores well-known themes but delves a little deeper, questioning our ideas about people, our impressions and prejudices.

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Crossroads Anthology

In Crossroads, a group of these women explore the past that shaped them and the future they hope to build, telling varied stories about a rapidly changing society where they serve both as guardians of culture and harbingers of reform. Covering topics from sex roles to western ideas of “development,” this compelling picture of the lives of women in today’s Uganda, sometimes funny and sometimes tragic, provides powerful testimony to the strength of the human spirit.

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Diaries of a Dead African

Chuma Nwokolo’s Diaries of a Dead African is a merciless comedy that explores the life-threatening situations of three protagonists, the farmer Meme Jumai and his two sons – Abel (failed writer) and Calamatus (aspiring conman).

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Dukawalla

Dukawalla

In this collection of stories, Pheroze Nowrojee takes his readers on journeys into varied Kenyan, East African, and other landscapes, delving into lives and personalities equally diverse. Whether actively transforming their surroundings or being transformed by what is around them, his complex characters reflect our common humanity in sometimes ordinary and sometimes surprising-but always compelling-ways. Exquisitely told, laden with humour and beauty and poignancy, these stories are a vital addition to the East African anthology.
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Femmolution

Femmolution

“Powerful.intimate. Femmolution let’s you into the different worlds of women. it lets you hear their voice, see the unsaid and hear the unseen. It’s women telling stories. Stories that need to be told. Having conversations that matter. With no boundaries. no guiding principles. Their own way”
– Purity Kagwiria, Executive Director, Akili Dada

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Fifth Draft

 An anthology of poetry and short stories by nine very different writers handling all sorts of ‘life skills‘ from snatching monkeys to stealing toilet paper. This book shows you how to think, live, laugh and cry…and it’s all fiction.

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Fire In The Night And Other Stories: The 2014 Writivism Anthology

Fire In The Night And Other Stories: The 2014 Writivism Anthology

Fire In The Night And Other Stories – The 2014 Writivism Anthology contains the best of the entries submitted to the continent-wide Writivism Competition for previously unpublished writers of short fiction living in Africa. If you do not want your preconceptions of what makes an ‘African’ story challenged do not read this book! If however you want to enjoy imaginative and well-crafted, entertaining, moving, powerful tales by some of Africa’s most promising emerging writers – themselves mentored and guided by some of the most well-known names in contemporary African fiction – then this is the book for you.

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God Dies by the Nile and Other Novels

Collected for the first time in one complete volume, God Dies by the Nile and other Novels are three of El Saadawi’s most remarkable tales of tragedy, revenge, despair, and violence. Powerful and moving, El Saadawi masterfully captures the personal struggles of women in a society steeped in hypocrisy and reveals the daily revolt of women against the corrupt norms of the Arab world.

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Hekaya za Abunuwasi na Hadithi Nyingine

Hekaya za Abunuwasi na Hadithi Nyingine

Hekaya za Abunuwas na Hadithi Nyingine ni mkusanyo wa hadithi za kusisimua. Hadithi zilizomo zimesimuliwa kwa ucheshi wa hali ya juu. Hadithi hizi, vilevile, zina mafunzo muhimu ambayo yatamwongezea maarifa msomaji. Maadili yametukuzwa huku ujinga na maovu yakitwezwa. Yeyote anayependa kusoma hadithi za Kiswahili atafurahia kuwa na nakala ya kitabu hiki.

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How to Be a Kenyan

Peter Enahoro wrote a famously funny book, The Complete Nigerian, and the follow-up How to be a Nigerian. In similar mode, a Kenyan writer has produced a series of hilarious essays about what it means to be a Kenyan. Described as painfully true and outrageously witty, the book is a light-hearted illustration of the particularities of thought, manners and attitude of Kenyan people.

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How to Spell Naija in 100 Short Stories Vol. 2

This second volume of How To Spell Naija in 100 Short Stories contains the final 50 stories and raises the high bar set by the first. This is a buffet of Nigeriana served with wit and understanding.

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Imagine Africa 500

In this anthology, African writers explore the unknown territory of the future and set their stories in an African environment 500 years from now.

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Incidents at the Shrine

In the chaotic world of his African village, the spirit-child Azaro still watches the tumultuous and tender lives of the Living; of his father who has been imprisoned for a crime he did not commit and of his mother who battles for justice. This final chapter in Azaro’s adventures is a explosive and haunting climax to this masterful trilogy.

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Indigo

Indigo

“ Don’t give me that! What kind of woman chooses not to have a child?” This was the question posed to Idera by a supposed super authority on babies. Idera is a young, married, elitist woman who was of the notion that having children was not a priority for newly-weds. She wanted to enjoy her husband first without the intrusion of children. The fact that she stayed in London also made her comfortable with her stand. The demise of her father-in-law, however, brought about some changes that included relocating back to Nigeria. The move back to Nigeria was a rude awakening to her that her stand while it was taken for granted in Western societies, African societies saw it as a huge anomaly. Idera’s battle between maintaining her stand, to her gradual realization that things had gone out of her control and her eventual compromise to listen to what people were saying is what Ms. Wood detailed in ‘Indigo’, one of the stories in the collection.

A collection of short stories told from the perspectives of different characters, Indigo features some stories that are very reminiscent of those folktales told to us by our parents, grandparents or elderly relatives. Spanning across various themes like love, superstition versus reality, tradition, and poverty, Indigo aims to tell the story of the common man and the sophisticated; the battle between tradition and modernism.

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“In this stunning collection, colourful characters speak triumphantly of the enigma and beauty that is Africa…”
– Ikhide Ikheloa.

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Jalada Africa: Fear Issue

Jalada Africa: Fear Issue

Through fortuitous meeting in Kampala at the Writivism Festival in 2015, Transition and Jalada have joined forces to present this issue on the theme of Fear. Contributors were asked to reflect on our phobias, the things that make us human or, indeed, inhuman. Our fears, and the dance between fear and fearlessness, can shape how we live and how we conceptualize ourselves and others.

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Just a Book

The book features preparatory sketches, animations, behind-the-scenes photos, installation shots and video stills. The reader is taken into the world of Just A Band, with insight into experiments that remain unreleased, photos from the band’s tour and a deeply personal and reflective collection of letters in the afterword.

The texts include an essay by Jepchumba, and an  interview by Wanjeri Gakuru.

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Kwani? Issue 04

Kwani? 04

This edition places politically aware voices that reside in a borderline space between the public intellectual and the ‘rebel’, to address the Kenyan existential in politics and religion, alongside such taboo subjects as sex beyond the heterosexual ideal.

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Kwani? 05 Part 01: Maps and Journeys

Kwani? 05 Part 01: Maps and Journeys

This is the first of a twin edition that examines Kenya in the context and violent aftermath of its 2007 elections is available from bookstores from February 28th. In the two issues, over 50 writers, photographers, poets and cartoonists provide a collective narrative on what we were before, and what we became, during the epochal first 100 days of 2008

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Kwani? 05 Part 02: Revelation and Conversation

Kwani? 05 Part 02: Revelation and Conversation

This second 400 pages of a twin edition further examines Kenya in the context and violent aftermath of its 2007 elections. Here, writers, photographers, poets and cartoonists provide further collective narratives on what we were before, and what we became, during the epochal first 100 days of 2008. The issue also features an extended travel piece based in Uganda that comparatively explores the concept of ethnicity, and the history of a people in a space other than our own.

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Kwani? 06

Kwani? 06

Kwani? 06, is an anthology of short fiction and poetry by Kenyan And African writers born after September 1978.

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Kwani? 07

Kwani? has always been significantly connected to the Diaspora through the individuals who founded it, and its early contributors. Its seventh issue picks up the idea of leaving and of return, something that has framed the conversations and hybrid identities of many Kwani? writers. Kwani? 07 explores diasporic imaginaries and discourses through fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, history, art, design and social media.

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Kwani? 08 : Uchaguzi '13

Kwani? 08 : Uchaguzi ’13

This Kwani? issue takes us back to some of those bug-bears of [Kenya’s] 2013. It looks in detail at some of the Uchaguzi ’13 campaigns, questions around IDPs, the Constitution ad asks how all these might be connected to our current political reality in Kenya. This issue takes the time to consider what came to pass after the promulgation of the new constitution and before the Westgate attacks. How did new players like Murkomen and Sonko wage their campaigns? How did Raila Odinga lose? What did the emergence of MRC mean for elections at the Coast? What did the emergence of the County mean for Uchaguzi ’13?

These are some of the issues that Kwani? 08 addresses through poetry and fiction, non-fiction and interviews, photography and cartoons. This issue also looks at how we attempted to go digital. Tuko digital. Tuko digital. Tuko digital.

-Billy Kahora
Kwani? Managing Editor

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Love Is Power, Or Something Like That

Dark yet disarming, in prose that is tough, vigorous and immediately distinctive, Love is Power, Or Something Like That is a phenomenal short story collection from a palpably talented new writer.

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Lusaka Punk: 2015 Caine Prize Anthology

Lusaka Punk: 2015 Caine Prize Anthology

A blind girl makes a pilgrimage to Lagos in search of a faith-healing miracle … A boy in a children’s home discovers the truth about his origins … In apartheid Johannesburg, an Indian insurance agent is honoured by his white bosses but his wife feels more than a little uneasy … A schoolboy and his gang investigate the mystery of the alien living in a shed … Dreams and reality merge menacingly in the last days of a former freedom fighter served by an old comrade and rival.

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Mizungu ya Manabii na Hadithi Nyingine

Mizungu ya Manabii na Hadithi Nyingine

Hadithi fupi zimekuwa utanzu wa kuipigia darubini jamii ibuka. Katika mkusanyiko huu mna hadithi kumi na mbili zinazoangazia maswala yanayolikabili bara la Afrika katika karne ya ishirini na moja: ufisadi; mila-lemazi; ufukara; unyanyasaji wa uana, na kadhalika. Zote zimesukwa kitaalamu ili kutolea msomaji burudani na vilevile mafunzo muhimu kuihusu jamii yake.

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Nairobi: A Night Guide Through the City-in-the-Sun

Nairobi: A Night Guide Through the City-in-the-Sun

Nairobi is fascinating. It is a vibrant, eccentric and extreme city made up of different and contradictory worlds. Nairobi is also an elusive city; difficult to comprehend and fully penetrate. What a better guide can there be than Tony Mochama, the notorious and popular chronicler of Nairobi’s urban life? Haunted by his doppelganger the Night Runner—a naked, mad and mythical being who, in popular rural Kenyan imagination, runs from house to house casting spells – Mochama will carry you along on his journeys through Nairobi. His is a declaration of love for the ‘city in the sun’, after the sun has gone down.

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Picture Frames And Other Stories: The 2013 Writivism Anthology

Picture Frames And Other Stories: The 2013 Writivism Anthology

This exciting anthology of short stories showcases the work of 13 emerging writers from the African continent, finalists in the Center for African Cultural Excellence’s Writivism Short Story Competition 2015. Now in its third year, this increasingly popular annual competition attracted over 250 entries from countries as far afield as Botswana, Tanzania, Nigeria and Rwanda, to name but a few.

The best of the stories were selected by a panel of judges chaired by Chika Unigwe, and including Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Rachel Zadok, Tendai Huchu and Ainehi Edoro. The anthology is edited by Sumayya Lee and Emmanuel Sigauke.

Dip in for a feast of fiction which encompasses realism, science fiction, and even a horror story, in a collection which is guaranteed to impress and entertain.

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Queer Africa 2

Queer Africa 2

In Queer Africa 2: New Stories, the 26 stories by writers from Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Uganda and the USA present exciting and varied narratives on life. There are stories on desire, disruption and dreams; others on longing, lust and love. The stories are representative of the range of human emotions and experiences that abound in the lives of Africans and those of the diaspora, who identify variously along the long and fluid line of the sexuality, gender and sexual orientation spectrum in the African continent. Centred in these stories and in their attendant relationships is humanity. The writers showcase their artistry in storytelling in thought-provoking and delightful ways.

For it is in this life where we learn that love is for everyone including those we think less of. – Matshepo Thafeng, ‘The Stone’, Queer Africa 2: New Stories.

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Roses for Betty: 2015 Writivism Anthology

Roses for Betty: 2015 Writivism Anthology

This exciting anthology of short stories showcases the work of 13 emerging writers from the African continent, finalists in the Center for African Cultural Excellence’s Writivism Short Story Competition 2015.

The anthology is edited by Sumayya Lee and Emmanuel Sigauke. Dip in for a feast of fiction which encompasses realism, science fiction, and even a horror story, in a collection which is guaranteed to impress and entertain.

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Say You’re One of Them

Uwem Akpan’s debut signals the arrival of a breathtakingly talented writer who gives a matter-of-fact reality to the most extreme circumstances in stories that are nothing short of transcendent. Each story in this jubilantly acclaimed collection pays testament to the wisdom and resilience of children, even in the face of the most agonizing circumstances.

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