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12 New-Generation African Writers to Read

Mark Rausch | AFK Insider   in  · ·
January 28, 2015

A new batch of African-born writers is crashing onto the literary scene, and receiving international acclaim. Here are 12 new-generation African writers not only to watch for, but to seek out and read.

Ahmed Alaidy
This Egyptian novelist worked as a scriptwriter for the Arabic version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” before turning to serious fiction writing. His book, “Being Abbas el Abd” was written in 2003. Alaidy studied minimalist writing under the great American author, Chuck Palahniuk.

NoViolet Bulawayo
In her early 30s, NoViolet Bulawayo is the first black African woman to be shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Zimbabwean Bulawayo’s 2013 debut novel, “We Need New Names” is a critically raved coming-of-age story. Bulawayo earned a master’s degree in fine arts from Cornell University, and a fellowship at Stanford University, both in the U.S. She is working on a memoir.


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