10 African writers you must read in 2017

Dec 7, 2016by Miriam David0

Bahati Books teamed up with Pigeonhole to serialize a free anthology of the best new African writing today. The title of this anthology is Mother Never Sleeps. The two organizations have chosen ten short stories by writers from across the continent and beyond. With tales of broken marriages and blossoming romance, car chases and minibus rides, Catholic confessions and corrupt ministers, these daily digital doses of fiction will have readers glued to their screens and wanting more.

From 7 December, The Pigeonhole will be serializing Mother Never Sleeps in ten daily digital installments delivered straight readers’ devices via the Pigeonhole iOS app, Android app or web reader. The unique serialized edition will include multimedia extras such as biographies, images, links and music as well as an in-text comments function that allows readers to discuss the book with each other and the authors within the digital margins of the book itself.

The Pigeonhole is the book club in your pocket. With over 15,000 users in the UK and globally, it curates dynamic social reading experiences through digital serializations of handpicked titles, from classics to top new titles from independent and large publishers.

It has been featured in the Financial Times, the Guardian and the Telegraph among other publications, and is shortlisted in two categories for the upcoming 2016 Futurebook Awards. Bahati Books is an e-book publishing company that aims to bring to global readers captivating and well-written African literature by African authors. They publish and promote narratives of by Africans – both on the continent and in the diaspora – who have unique and inspiring narratives that are fresh, entertaining, moving and educational.

They are committed to promoting authentic, multifaceted narratives which go beyond the one-dimensional stories of poverty, war and corruption that are continuously run in many mainstream western outlets. Find out more about Bahati Books at bahatibooks.com and on Twitter @BahatiBooks.

To subscribe to Mother Never Sleeps, visit thepigeonhole.com/books/mother-never-sleeps.

The contributors have been chosen from Bahati’s ever expanding list of authors. They are Maryam Aliko Mohammed, Stanley Gazemba, Jude Idada, Sylva Nze Ifedigbo, Joe Machina, Ayibu Makolo, Margaret Muthee, Hannah Onoguwe, Zainab Omaki and Marko Phiri.

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