A Tale of Two Shortlists

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Nnedi Okorafor's Akata Witch was nominated this week as a finalist for the Locus Award in the Young Adult Book category. Cassava Republic will be publishing the Nigerian edition of the book later this year under the title What Sunny Saw in the Flames.

This is an excellent book and we wish Nnedi all the best of luck! To find out more information about our edition, visit our Coming Soon page on our website.

The Locus Award winners will be announced on June 15-17, 2012. You can find a complete listing of nominees here.

Another shortlist just announced was the Caine Prize for African Writing. The list included Nigerian author Rotimi Babatunde and Kenyan writer and editor Billy Kahora.

Judges praised the list as stories that had "an originality and facility with language that made them stand out." They went beyond the usual narratives of war, poverty and disease that often seems to mark stories about Africa.

This year's winner will be announced on July 2nd, 2012. All the shortlisted stories can be read on the Caine prize website here.

Congratulations to all the finalists!


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