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African Writers You Should Be Reading

Lauren Said-Moorhouse | CNN   in  ·
August 6, 2014

Take a moment and think of an African author. Have you got the name in mind? Keep it there for a minute.

In years gone by, chances are cultural icons like Nigerian literary giant Chinua Achebe or South African Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer might have popped straight into your head.

But lately new names from across the continent are becoming part of popular literary consciousness. “Purple Hibiscus,” “Half of a Yellow Sun” and more recently “Americanah” have brought international acclaim for Nigerian author du jour, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

She joins a growing list of popular African authors — including NoViolet Bulawayo, Binyavanga Wainaina, Taiye Selasi, Lauren Beukes, Alain Mabanckou — who have been steadily picking up steam –and fans — across the globe over the last several years.

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