Monday, November 10, 2014

Are we now allowed to do book reviews in African languages?

I am thrilled! Tinashe Muchuri has reviewed Bhuku Risina Basa in the SHONA language. Why not? O, why not? Find it here: http://munyori.org/book-reviews/tinashe-muchuri-anoseka-namemory-chirere-mubhuku-risina-basa/

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

author of the longest novel in the Shona language


(pic by Magdalena Pfalzgraf : Zimunya, Kusema and Chirere in Zimunya's office.)

After searching for him for nearly two years, on Wednesday 29 October 2014 we got a surprise visit from Wellingtone Kusema, the author of Dzimbabwedande, the longest novel in the Shona language to date at 108 264 words! Link:http://memorychirere.blogspot.com/2011/12/longest-shona-novel.html We met and talked and laughed in Musaemura Zimunya’s office. He says that he has been abroad and he is now based in Harare and he is busy making sure that his novel is finally available in Harare.

 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

a picture of Luis Bernardo Honwana of Mozambique

For two full decades I tried to get in touch with my favourite short story writer, Luis Bernardo Honwana of Mozambique. I failed because of so many reasons. I gave up after trying so much. I began to think that he had died!  I respect Honwana so much. He is the author of the iconic 'We Killed Mangy Dog.' He is, alongside Charles Mungoshi and Luandino Jose Vieira, one of the reasons why I chose to write short stories from an early age. Recently, a gangly Zimbabwean journalist called Percy Zvomuya came to my office, unannounced... Now, I believe I may soon meet the great Honwana and be able to converse! If you adore Honwana's short stories like I do, follow this link: http://www.theconmag.co.za/2014/07/08/memory-is-a-mangy-dog/

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

I am quitting writing books: Ignatius Mabasa

Ignatius Mabasa tells a heart-rending story about book piracy in Zimbabwe. In 3 years he has earned NOTHING from a book that has been a national set text. He says he may as well quit writing books! Follow this link to The Herald: http://www.herald.co.zw/perhaps-it-is-time-to-say-goodbye-to-book-writing/

Tuesday, September 30, 2014