On the anniversary of the military intervention that saw the end of Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule, the Harvard University Center for African Studies hosts a robust engagement between Zimbabwean writers of opposing views who interrogate the history that culminated in one of the biggest political shakeups in generations through books that cut across the genres of memoir, cultural and political analysis, reportage, and fiction.
Unbelongings: Across Continents
Anis Shivani and Novuyo Rosa Tshuma in conversation with Omar El Akkad
Saturday September 15 2.30PM-3.30PM
Two writers across continents and cultures speak of personal and political awakenings, and the stories of the lands they have left behind. Novuyo Rosa Tshuma is the author of House of Stone. Anis Shivani is the author of Karachi Raj. In conversation with Omar El Akkad, author of American War.
Kabafest remains the first and only literary fête of this magnitude in Northern Nigeria. It aims to change the way the world sees Northern Nigeria, boost access to literacy and reading, reignite a passion for arts and culture in the state and to create more safe spaces where cultural and literary enthusiasts can gather to dialogue about books, culture and ideas.
#BLACKLIVESMATTER , Amnesty International Imprisoned Writers' Series, EDINBURGH BOOK FESTIVAL
Fifty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King, black voices are still routinely dismissed and black and minority ethnic people are under-represented across many areas of society but over-represented in our prisons. Today we highlight black activist voices who are following in the footsteps of King. Authors reading include Paul Kenyon, Bruce Pascoe, Lilja Sigurðardóttir and Novuyo Rosa Tshuma.
JENNIFER NANSUBUGA MAKUMBI & NOVUYO ROSA TSHUMA, EDINBURGH BOOK FESTIVAL
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi’s debut novel Kintu, an epic tale that reimagines Uganda’s history through the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan, has been described as ‘the most important book to come out of Uganda for half a century’. House of Stone is Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s smart, inventive and brave retelling of the modern history of Zimbabwe that has been described as an "extraordinary achievement that manages to sum up not only Zimbabwean history, but all of African colonial history." The authors join Rosemary Burnett to discuss their impressive stories.
AFRICA UNBOUND, EDINBURGH BOOK FESTIVAL
A celebration of contemporary voices from across the nations of Africa, journeying beyond stereotypes to interrogate history, politics, the imperial past, ancestors, and the future. Discover dazzling talents from the continent in a night of readings and performances from Zimbabwe’s Novuyo Tshuma, Uganda’s Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and S J Naudé from South Africa, plus Nigerian poet Donna Ogunnaike and Ghanaian percussionist Gameli Tordzro.
THE DISPLACED: REFUGEE WRITERS ON REFUGEE LIVES
PANEL AT BOOKCON
Pulitzer Prize winning writer Viet Thanh Nguyen, editor of the recently released collection The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives, and himself a refugee, brings together a host of prominent refugee writers including Thi Bui, Porochista Khakpour, Joseph Azam and Novuyo Rosa Tshuma to explore and illuminate the refugee experience.
Gallery Talk: Salon Time artists Althea Murphy-Price and Nontsikelelo Mutiti w/ novelist Novuyo Rosa Tshuma
Wanda D. Ewing Gallery
Salon Time exhibiting artists Althea Murphy-Price and Nontsikelelo Mutiti and novelist Novuyo Rosa Tshuma will discuss the themes, influence, and history of their practices