- 2014 Winner Burt Award for African Literature, Kenya Chapter
- 2010 Penguin Prize for African Writing nominee
- Ist Prize, Adult Fiction Category – NBDCK Literary Awards, September 2008 Book Week
South Korean Han Kang wins 2016 Man Booker International Prize
- Written by Moraa Gitaa
Last Updated: 17 May 2016
Author Han Kang
South Korea’s Han Kang was last night announced winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for Fiction for her novel The Vegetarian. The novel was translated by Deborah Smith and is published by Portobello Books. Portobello Books was one of three independent publishers with novels on this year’s shortlist. The Man Booker International Prize awards both author and translator prize money of £25,000.00 and a trophy. The short-listed authors also receive a further £1,000.00. It’s been quite a journey since the short-list 2016 Man Booker International Prize Short-List Announced was announced early last month.
This is the first year that the Man Booker International Prize has been awarded on the basis of a single book in collaboration with the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. The £50,000 prize will be divided equally between the author and the translator.Read more...
Kenyan-Somali Abdul Adan on 2016 Caine Prize Short-list!
- Written by Moraa Gitaa
Last Updated: 11 May 2016
The Caine Prize short-list has just been released. Kenyan-Somali Abdul Adan has made the cut! Abdul’s story ‘The Lifebloom Gift’ was published in The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2014 (New Internationalist, United Kingdom, 2014). His various works have appeared in Kwani?, Jungle Jim, Gambit, Okike and Storytime. He was also a participant in the 2014 Caine Prize workshop in Zimbabwe, and is a founding member of the Kenyan collective Jalada.
The winner of the £10,000 prize will be announced at an award ceremony and dinner at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford, United Kingdom on Monday, 4 July. Each short-listed writer will also receive £500. Each of the stories will be published in New Internationalist’s 2016 Caine Prize Anthology in July and through co-publishers across Africa.
Announcing the short-list, chair of judges Delia Jarrett-Macauley called it “An engrossing, well-crafted and dauntless pack of stories”, and commented on the high number of science fiction and fantasy entries. ''The high standard of the entries was clear throughout and particularly noteworthy was the increasing number of fantasy fictions with the sci-fi trend resonating in several excellent stories,” she said. “My fellow judges commented on the pleasure of reading the stories, the gift of being exposed to the exciting short fictions being produced by African writers today and the general shift away from politics towards more intimate subjects – though recent topics such as the Ebola crisis were being wrestled with. It was inspiring to note the amount of risk-taking in both subject matter and style, wild or lyrical voices matching the tempered measured prose writers, and stories tackling uneasy topics, ranging from an unsettling, unreliable narrator’s tale of airport scrutiny, to a science-fictional approach towards the measurement of grief, a young child’s coming to grips with family dysfunction, the big drama of rivalling siblings and the silent, numbing effects of loss. The panel is proud to have short-listed writers from across the continent, finding stories that are compelling, well-crafted and thought-provoking.”