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Now Available: The 2014 Caine Prize Anthology, The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories

The Gonjon Pin and Other StoriesThe Gonjon Pin and Other Stories, edited by Caine Prize, to be published by Jacana:

The Caine Prize for African Writing is Africa’s leading literary prize. For fifteen years it has supported and promoted contemporary African writing. Keeping true to its motto, “Africa will always bring something new,” the prize has helped launch the literary careers of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Segun Afolabi, Leila Aboulela, Brian Chikwava, EC Osondu, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Binyavanga Wainaina, and many others.

The 2014 collection includes the five shortlisted stories and the stories written at the Caine Prize Writers’ Workshop along with 12 other stories from the best new writers. Insightful, arresting and entertaining – this collection reflects the richness and range of current African writing.

A last swim in a condemned pool leads a troubled teenager and her grandmother to common ground … A young woman finds it so hard to make her way in the city that she takes a drastic decision … A couple receive relationship counselling from a strange family grouping … A boy meets two exiles from Rwanda – one of them a gorilla – with remarkable results … A woman summons her father back from the dead …

The authors shortlisted for the 2014 Caine Prize were: Diane Awerbuck (South Africa) for “Phosphorescence”; Efemia Chela (Ghana/Zambia) for “Chicken”; Tendai Huchu (Zimbabwe) for “The Intervention”; Billy Kahora (Kenya) for “The Gorilla’s Apprentice”; Okwiri Oduor (Kenya) for “My Father’s Head”. The prize was won by Oduor. In addition, 12 writers took part in the Caine Prize Writers’ Workshop, held this year in Zimbabwe, where each produced a special story for this volume. These 17 stories – insightful, arresting and entertaining – reflect the richness and range of current writing on the African continent.

“Africa’s most important literary award.”International Herald Tribune

“Entertaining. Deserves to be widely read.” – Sunday Independent, South Africa

“It provokes and challenges.” – Harare News, Zimbabwe

“Dazzling and splendidly diverse.”The Times, UK

“The Caine Prize continues to gather the many-varied stream of African writing.”The Mercury, South Africa

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