Huzzah! Starting next week, I and a group of other illustriously self-selected writers will begin writing about the shortlisted short stories for the “Caine Prize for African Writing” (all of which are available for download as pdfs at that link). Join us! Some of us are academics, most of us are not, but all of us are basically just readers and writers, and you are one too. I’ve been calling it a “blog carnival,” but it basically just boils down to reading the stories in order, writing about them in whatever capacity we want to, reading each other writing about reading them, and then, perhaps, if we’re up to it, writing about that. Welcome.
This is the third year we’re doing this—see here and here for the introductions for the last two years—and it’s been good fun.
This will be the Official Schedule (links take you to the pdfs):
May 27th -- June 1st
Tope Folarin (Nigeria) “Miracle”
June 3rd -- June 8th
Pede Hollist (Sierra Leone) “Foreign Aid”
June 10th -- June 15th
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Nigeria) “The Whispering Trees”
June 17th --June 22nd
Elnathan John (Nigeria) “Bayan Layi”
June 24th -- June 29th
Chinelo Okparanta (Nigeria) “America”
Winner to be named!
And that’s it! I’m planning on posting my own essay on the Monday of each week, and doing a week-in-review post on Saturday, both at the New Inquiry. If you’d like to participate, email me at [email protected] or join us—and @elnathan, @Abubakr_khalifa, and @topefolarinon—on twitter (#caineprize).