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Samuel Kolawole Shares His Pick of African Writers to Watch in 2013

Samuel Kolawole from has compiled a list of African writers to keep an eye on this year. The thirteen writers “who will rock the literary scene this year” include Books LIVE members Lauren Beukes, Sarah Lotz and Rachel Zadok. Both Beukes and Zadok have books coming out this year with The Shining Girls (Umuzi) set to be released in May and Zadok’s Sister Sister (Kwela Books) coming out in April. The Three by Lotz will be out in 2014.

We Need New NamesOpen CityThe Shining GirlsGhana Must GoExcuse Me!Tomorrow I Will Be Twenty Years OldTooth and NailedLove Is Power, or Something Like ThatGem Squash TokolosheZahrah the WindseekerAmericanah

Other books Kolawole is looking forward to are We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo, Taiye Selasi’s Ghana Must Go, Victor Ehikhamenor’s collection of essays Excuse Me! and Alain Mabanckou’s Tomorrow I Will be Twenty Years Old. He also recommends keeping an eye out for A Igoni Barrett’s Love Is Power, or Something Like That, Nnedi Okorafor’s KabuKabu and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah.

This year is looking good for African writing. We should expect new discoveries and fresh voices to emerge from the continent as there are still stories yet to be told whilst those who have already proven themselves will likely wax stronger. efrika’s Samuel Kolawole considers writers who will rock the literary scene this year.

1) Noviolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe)

We Need New Names is the lovely title of the forthcoming debut novel by Noviolet Bulawayo (pen name of Elizabeth Tshele). Noviolet won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2011 for her story Hitting Budapest.

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