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Cape Town to Queens

New Literary Voices in Africa and the African Diaspora
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Wednesdays, June 6 – August 1 (class will not meet July 4)

6 – 7:30 pm

Led by Tom Burke

We will survey fiction and nonfiction by a new generation of young writers in Africa and the African Diaspora. We will explore current concerns and trends in cutting edge literary projects in Cape Town, Nairobi, and Lagos and will explore what works have made it to the international market. In addition to gaining new perspectives on African urbanization through literary work, we will examine the Caine Prize for African writing, and discuss works by authors such as Binyavanga Wainaina, Yvonne Owuor, and Chris Abani.

Tom Burke is a writer and has been running literary programming in Africa for the past six years, most recently as Program Manager of the Chinua Achebe Center at Bard College. 

Materials List
Habila, Helon, editor. Granta Book of the African Short Story. Granta Books, 2012. ISBN: 1847084133
Wainaina, Binyavanga. One Day I Will Write about This Place. Graywolf Press, 2011. ISBN: 1555975917
African Cities Reader I & II, available for free online at 

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program

Cost and Registration Information 

Eight sessions, $190
Register online