The Goddess of Mtwara and Other Stories
The Caine Prize for African Writing 2017
published 2017 • 5 ¼” x 8” • 272 pages
ISBN 9781566560344 • paperback • $16.95 •
THE LEADING AFRICAN LITERARY AWARD, KNOWN AS THE AFRICAN BOOKER, NAMED AFTER THE BOOKER PRIZE FOUNDER, MICHAEL CAINE
Now entering its eighteenth 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. This collection brings together seventeen short stories—the five 2017 shortlisted stories, along with stories written at the 2017 Caine Prize Writers’ Workshop that took place in Tanzania.
The collection showcases young writers who go on to publish successful novels, for instance: Leila Aboulela, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sefi Atta, Brian Chikwava and Helon Habila.
The shortlisted writers include:
• God’s Children are Little Broken Things by Arinze Ifeakandu (Nigeria) • The Story of the Girl Whose Birds Flew Away by Bushra al-Fadil (Sudan), translated by Max Shmookler • Bush Baby by Chikodili Emelumadu (Nigeria) • Who Will Greet You at Home by Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria) • The Virus by Magogodi oa Mphela Makhene (South Africa)
The collection also includes stories written by the following authors at the workshop that took place in Tanzania: Last year’s winner, Lidudumalingani (South Africa), Abdul Adan (Somalia/Kenya), Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria) Tendai Huchu (Zimbabwe), Cheryl Ntumy (Botswana/Ghana), Daniel Rafiki (Rwanda), Darla Rudakubana (Rwanda), Agazit Abate (Ethiopia).
Praise for the Caine Prize for African Writing
“Africa’s most important literary award.”
—International Herald Tribune
“Entertaining… Deserves to be widely read.”
—Sunday Independent, South Africa
“It provokes and challenges.”
—Harare News, Zimbabwe
“Dazzling and splendidly diverse”
—The Times, UK
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