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Zaheera Jina Asvat

Zaheera Jina Asvat

Read African Books interviews short story writer, Zaheera Jina Asvat, about her new collection, The Tears of the Weaver (Modjaji Books).

Ashti Juggath

Ashti Juggath

Read African Books interviews South African author Ashti Juggath about her new book, the award winning Peaches and Smeets (Modjaji Books).

Publishing & Book Culture in Africa: A Repository of Selected Resources

Publishing & Book Culture in Africa: A Repository of Selected Resources

In February 2024, Hans Zell published a new third updated and expanded edition of Publishing & Book Culture in Africa: A Repository of Selected Resources. The repository aims to provide quick access to key literature about the many aspects of book culture, and publishing and book development in sub-Saharan Africa. Zell presents the repository here along with some of the needs of African publishing in the future.

Outstanding African Studies Award

Outstanding African Studies Award

ABC was delighted to learn that the Publisher of Mkuki na Nyota Publishers  and founding Chair of the Council of Management of ABC, Walter Bgoya, and Mary Jay, earlier consultant, CEO and director of ABC, have been awarded the Outstanding African Studies Award by the African Studies Association of the UK. We congratulate both on this achievement and note their groundbreaking and longstanding contributions to ABC's collective efforts to publish and disseminate African books, literature and research globally.

ABC's Statement on Gaza

ABC's Statement on Gaza

African Books Collective's Statement on Gaza

Henry Chakava 1946-2024: The Publisher Who Pricked the People into Consciousness

Henry Chakava 1946-2024: The Publisher Who Pricked the People into Consciousness


Hawthornden Foundation and ABC

Hawthornden Foundation and ABC

Press release: Grant fund from the Hawthornden Foundation

Henry Chakava: In memoriam

Henry Chakava: In memoriam

ABC Spring Catalogue 2024

ABC Spring Catalogue 2024

Take a look at the African Books Collective Spring 2024 Catalogue!

Stephanie Kitchen

Stephanie Kitchen

Stephanie Kitchen, African Books Collective Director, speaks to the Independent Publishers Guild podcast about all things ABC.

David Mills

David Mills

Interview with David Mills, University of Oxford academic and now African Books Collective Director!

ABC Children and Teens Books 2023-24

ABC Children and Teens Books 2023-24

Take a look at the African Books Collective Children and Teens 2023-24 Catalogue!

ABC Fall Catalogue 2023

ABC Fall Catalogue 2023

Take a look at the African Books Collective's Fall 2023 Catalogue!

ABC Literature Catalogue 2023

ABC Literature Catalogue 2023

Take a look at the African Books Collective's 2023 Literature Catalogue!

ABC Catalogue 2022–2023

ABC Catalogue 2022–2023

Welcome to the African Books Collective Catalogue 2022-2023! Explore books from 30 independent publishers from across 12 African countries.

Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Interview with Nii Ayikwei Parkes, British-Ghanaian writer, editor, publisher, and now African Books Collective Director.

Decolonising Knowledge and its Challenges

Decolonising Knowledge and its Challenges

For Africa, knowledge is a contested site that acquires affirmations, claims, and delineations. İt has to operate through many layers. In fact, is Africa a discourse, or an idea or concept? These are the questions begging to be asked. Ahmet Sait Akcay reflects on the recent ASAA conference.

Transforming African Scholarly Writing

Transforming African Scholarly Writing

African scholarship, like all scholarship, must be conducted rigorously, follow scientific methods, account for context, and stand up to critical appraisal. Why, however, refer specifically to “African scholarly writing?”

Mad Bob Republic

Mad Bob Republic

Tendai Mwanaka is a Zimbabwean writer, editor and publisher who has published 21 books and 23 curated anthologies. Perhaps his best-known anthologies are the Best New African Poets anthologies that have provided a forum for poets across the African continent.

Babingo, the Nobel Rebel

Babingo, the Nobel Rebel

At the last count there were 48,400,000 fictional accounts on the theme of Colonialism globally.

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