AmaBooks publishes seventh Caine Prize anthology

BULAWAYO publisher AmaBooks has published the seventh edition of the 2018 Caine Prize anthology, Redemption Song and other stories.

BY SHARON SIBINDI

Shane Strachan

The AmaBooks director, Brian Jones said the Caine Prize was launched in 2000 to encourage and highlight the richness and diversity of African writing by bringing it to a wider audience internationally.

“The focus on the short story reflects the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition. The collection is also published in other countries across Africa and the rest of the world,” he said.

“Now in its 19th year, the Caine prize for African writing is Africa’s leading literary prize, and is awarded to a short story by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere.”

Jones said Redemption Song brings together the five 2018 short-listed stories, along with stories written at the Caine Prize writers’ workshop, which took place in Rwanda in April 2018.

“The collection includes two Zimbabwean writers Bongani Kona and Bongani Sibanda. Kona is also featured in the 2017 AmaBooks short story collection Moving On and other Zimbabwean stories and in the 2016 Caine Prize anthology The Daily Assortment of Astonishing Things,” he said.

Meanwhile Jones said AmaBooks will be publishing Nevertheless: Sparkian Tales by Shane Strachan in October, in Bulawayo.

“The collection of short fiction was inspired by Muriel Spark’s experiences in Bulawayo in the 1930s and 40s. It will be published in celebration of Muriel Spark’s centenary in 2018, with support from Creative Scotland through their Muriel Spark 100: Endless Different Ways Fund,” he said.

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