Culture - Literature
  • UNESCO launches book on Slave Trade
    18 april 2013 17:37:43
    Paris, France (PANA) – UNESCO on Thursday launched a book titled "Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery: New orientations for teaching and learning", PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Authors from Cogo Basin feature at Paris book exhibition
    21 march 2011 14:55:34
    Paris, France (PANA) - Authors drawn from countries within the Congo Basin featured prominently at the 2011 edition of the Paris Book Exhibition that ended Monday in the French capital, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Mauritanian writer competes for Ivorian prize in Literature
    20 august 2010 21:32:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) - – The novel, “Les nouvelles du désert”, written by Mauritanian journalist M'Bareck Ould Beyrouck, is among the five works selected for the 2010 edition of the Prize “Ivoire de la Littérature africaine d'expression francophone”. Full text...

  • Bamako to host 2nd Literary Season
    05 february 2010 21:00:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The second edition of the literary season in Mali, which opens next Tuesday at Bamako's palace of culture, will see the participation of writers from eight countries. Full text...

  • Egyptian intellectual Jaber Ousfour wins Gaddafi wins Prize for
    04 january 2010 21:08:00
    Literature Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Egyptian intellectual and columnist, Dr Jaber Ousfour, has won the Gaddafi International Prize for Literature, official sources said in Tripoli on Monday. Full text...

  • Soyinka worried about consequences of financial crisis on African literature
    17 november 2009 21:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka, 1996 Nobel prize winner for Literature, on Tuesday expressed grave concern about the consequences of the international financial crisis on African literature. Full text...

  • Brussels to host African Literature Show next month
    20 january 2009 22:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A show of written and oral African literature will be he ld from 5 to 7 February in Brussels, Belgium, organisers told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Africa to receive 10,000 francophone dictionaries
    15 october 2008 21:57:00
    Québec- Canada (PANA) -- About 10,000 francophone dictionaries will be distribute d free of charge in African countries, Clément Duhaime, Administrator of Francop h onie, announced on Wednesday in Québec at the opening of the ministerial confere n ce of the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF). Full text...

  • Congo, DRC writers to bring their peoples closer
    08 july 2008 11:53:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Writers from Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have committed themselves to using literature as a tool to bring their peoples closer, in addition to promoting deeper insights into the literary heritage of the two countries. Full text...

  • "Editions Tombouctou" set for January 2008
    15 september 2007 18:49:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) – "Editions Tombouctou" meant -to promote books and reading will organise its first literary event 17-19 January 2008, the organisers told PANA here Saturday. Full text...

  • Placing Shakespeare in an African context
    21 june 2007 11:28:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The relevance of the works of William Shakespeare in the African educational curriculum often raises questions from various sectors. Full text...

  • Congolese writer says he is anxious to meet 'the African public'
    20 november 2006 23:30:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The winner of the 2006 Renaudot Prize, Congolese writer, Alain Mabanckou, said he was anxious to make an encounter with the African public, which he described as "a hearty public known for its sincere joy". Full text...

  • Congolese writer Alain Mabanckou wins Renaudot Prize
    07 november 2006 13:06:00
    Paris- France (PANA) – Congolese writer Alain Maba-nckou won the 2006 edition of the Renaudot Prize, one of the two most prestigious literary prizes in France. Full text...

  • Exhibition of African literature in Paris 28 October
    12 october 2006 21:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The second African Literature exhibition has been fixed for 28 October at the UNESCO Paris headquarters, organisers said in a statement Thursday. Full text...

  • Algeria to host the Maghreb Book Show in February
    17 september 2006 19:59:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The Maghreb Book Show is to be held in Algeria in late February 2007, to coincide with the "Algérie Capitale de la Culture Arabe," according to the president of the Union of Maghreb Publishers, Mohamed Tahar Guerfi. Full text...

  • National Literature festival underway in Mauritania
    11 july 2006 16:23:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania's Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Mehla Mint Ahmed, has opened the country's second National Literature Festival here. Full text...

  • Renowned Libyan writer signs publishing contract
    07 june 2006 12:12:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan novelist Ibrahim Al-Kouni has signed an accord with Nouri Hmidi, Secretary for Culture and Information of the Libyan General People's Committee for the publication of some novels by the writer. Full text...

  • Wole Soyinka visits Paris
    15 may 2006 22:30:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature, on Monday arrived in Paris for a two-day visit. Full text...

  • Sub-regional 'book caravan' sets out in Benin
    06 november 2005 19:51:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A caravan to promote the literary works of West African writers from Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo has left here for various parts of the country, organisers said Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's Achebe routs for revival of African oral traditions
    30 october 2005 13:36:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Nigeria's celebrated novelist Chinua Achebe has urged contemporary African writers to give priority to mother tongue in their works to mitigate the adverse consequences of colonialism on African arts and culture. Full text...

  • Congolese writer Mabanckou wins major award in France
    13 october 2005 20:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Alain Mabanckou, a renowned writer from Congo Brazzaville has won the 2005 RFO (French Radio and TV network) prize for his book "Verre cassé," the jury announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Somali tipped to win Nobel Literature Prize
    12 october 2005 17:23:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Somali writer Nuruddin Farah is among the favourites to win the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature to be awarded Thursday by members of the Swedish Academy, reliable sources said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Congolese writer wins Francophonie Prize
    12 october 2005 13:34:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Congolese writer Alain Mabanckou has won the prize of the five continents of the Francophonie for his novel "Verre Cassé" (broken glass), official sources said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Contest on Senghor's literary works opens in Paris
    25 august 2005 19:09:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Inter-governmental Francophonie Agency (AIF) has launched a contest for francophones under 30 years of age to present a 500-word commentary on the literary works of former Senegalese head of state, late Leopold Sedar Senghor. Full text...

  • Mauritania holds first literary festival
    06 july 2005 12:54:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania is this week holding its first ever literary festival whose official launching here Tuesday was chaired by the minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, Ahmedou Ould Ahmedou. Full text...

  • Ivorian writer wins Ahmadou Kourouma Prize
    02 may 2005 22:23:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ahmadou Kourouma Prize endowed with 5,000 Swiss francs has been awarded to Ivorian writer Tanella Boni for her novel "Mornings of cease-fire (Matins de couvre- feu)" published by Serpent à plumes editions, reliable sources affirmed here Monday. Full text...

  • Body of renowned Malagasy writer heads home Friday
    06 april 2005 23:00:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The remains of Malagasy writer and political activist, Jacques Rabemananjara, who died 2 April in Paris will be flown to Tananarive Friday, reliable sources here told PANA on Wednesday. Full text...

  • African book fair due April in Paris
    13 february 2005 20:44:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- An African Literature Day initiated by political students in conjunction with the La Case Estudiantine and Africa 2005 associations will be held on 30 April at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, the organisers told PANA at the weekend. Full text...

  • New book on Ivorian crisis hits market mid January
    29 december 2004 16:11:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Paris-based Serpents à Plumes Editions will 13 January release a new book on the current Ivorian crisis titled 'Matins de couvre-feu' authored by Tanella Boni. Full text...

  • Author defends thesis on Senghor's poetry
    28 november 2004 15:46:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A thesis on the poetic work of former Senegalese president and poet, Leopold Sedar Senghor, was the subject of intellectual discourse at the Sorbonne University here during the weekend. Full text...

  • Malawi poets and the saga of Banda's dictatorship
    16 november 2004 11:29:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- During the 30 years of Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda's dictatorship, every printed verse was viewed with suspicion and although people lost their jobs, even their lives for songs, short stories or poems considered hostile to the regime, Malawian poets devised ways of beating the system. Full text...

  • Canadian book alleges US govt involved in Rwandan genocide
    21 may 2004 11:33:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Canadian essayist Robin Philpot alleges in a new book, "Ca ne s'est pas passé comme ca a Kigali" (It Did Not Happen That Way In Kigali), that the US government played a part in the 1994 Rwandan genocide which left nearly a million people dead. Full text...

  • Mauritania to host first international book fair in May
    26 april 2004 15:57:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania's first international book fair will be held from 9 to 18 May in Nouakchott under the chair of President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya, informed sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • UNESCO supports book promotion project in Senegal
    17 april 2004 16:27:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has decided to join a project designed to supply books to all public libraries in Senegal's 11 regions, diplomatic sources have said here. Full text...

  • Ex-PM Edem Kodjo launches first novel
    06 april 2004 12:11:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Former Prime Minister Edem Kodjo of Togo has launched his first novel, "Au Commencement Etait le Glaive" ("The Start of a Double-edged Sword"), at a news conference held in Paris, the French capital. Full text...

  • Ivorian crisis book launched at Paris book fair
    21 march 2004 19:08:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Former Ivorian Youth, Sports and Leisure Minister Geneviève Bro-Grébé's Sunday launched a book on her country's current political crisis at the 24th International Book Fair which opened Friday in Paris. Full text...

  • Bamako to host major African literature event
    12 february 2004 23:22:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- At least 70 writers and 23 publishers will attend a major meeting devoted to African literature from 26 February to 1 March in Bamako, Mali, one of the invited participants told PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegalese writer plans sojourn to Timbuktu
    10 february 2004 20:34:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegalese writer, Khadi Hane, who published "Le collier de paille" in 2002 at Ndzé publishers in Paris, will settle from 23 February to 1 March in the ancient Malian learning centre of Timbuktu. Full text...

  • Francophone researchers to honour late Ivorian author
    08 january 2004 17:20:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Francophone Literature Researchers Association (ACLF) has planned a ceremony to pay tribute to the late Ivorian writer, Ahmadou Kourouma, who died on 11 December in Lyon, ACLF vice-president Frederic Giguet announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Wade urges the Africans to promote their literature
    05 december 2003 23:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal has urged Africans promote their cultural heritage including their literature as part of their contribution to universal culture. Full text...

  • Senior Congolese writer, Letembet-Ambily dies
    14 october 2003 13:22:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Reknown Congolese writer Antoine Letembet-Ambily, who headed the country's Federation of Writers, died of heart attack Monday, according to a release issued here Tuesday by the Association of Congolese Writers and Artists. Full text...

  • African literature publishers group created in Paris
    22 april 2003 07:39:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Some 19 publishers specialising in African literature have formed an organisation, Afrilivres, aimed at ensuring better distribution of books in Africa, Michel Cadence, one of the promoters of the initiative, told PANA. Full text...

  • Four African writers to take part in 'Doors of Africa' tour
    28 november 2002 21:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Four African writers will take part in the "Portes d'Afrique" (Doors of Africa) tour aimed at giving "positive image" of the continent through a nine-month sea journey, organisers told PANA. Full text...

  • African writers pay tribute to Senghor and Bebey
    18 november 2002 19:50:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The second edition of Fest'Africa, the African writers' festival, ended Sunday in Lille, north France, with a tribute to two leading African poets who died last year. Full text...

  • Es'kia Mphahlele's new publication launched
    30 october 2002 13:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Es'kia, a collection of nearly 40 years of writing by the internationally acclaimed South African writer, Es'kia Mphahlele, was launched Tuesday night at a lavish function in Midrand near Pretoria. Full text...

  • Senegalese writer announces new novel
    25 october 2002 21:52:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Moved by a growing attitude of people taking advantage of distress and emotions of others to make money, Senegalese novelist Aminata Sow Fall has come up with a title that she claims, "searches human nature. Full text...

  • Women writers keep Africa's literature alive
    08 october 2002 09:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A vaccuum in the African literary scene in recent years is now being ably filled by the continent's talented women writers. Full text...

  • Conference on the work of Kadhafi held in Tripoli
    30 september 2002 23:46:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Several writers, men of letters, historians, journalists and academicians from Arab and African countries are holding a four-day conference on the literary work of Libyan leader, Colonel Moammar Kadhafi. Full text...

  • Malian government to ratify Florence Convention
    05 april 2002 23:46:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's Culture minister Pascal Baba Coulibaly has announced a decision by the government to ratify the Florence Convention. Full text...

  • The Commonwealth launches short story competition
    04 april 2002 16:38:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- The Commonwealth Broadcasting Association is calling for short stories for radio from talented writers for the 2002 Commonwealth Short Story Competition. Full text...

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