Amabooks publishes new Caine Prize book

BULAWAYO - Amabooks has released this year’s Caine Prize anthology titled The daily assortment of astonishing things and other stories for the local market.

The just-released collection, which brings together the five 2016 short-listed stories, along with stories written at the Caine Prize Writers’ Workshop held in April 2016, feature two stories by Zimbabwean writers Noviolet Bulawayo and 2016 Caine Prize finalist Bongani Kona.

2011 Caine Prize winner Noviolet Bulawayo’s featured story is titled His middle name was not Jesus with Kona weighing in with the story At your requiem, off the book Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You published by Burnet Media in South Africa last year.

The Caine Prize anthology is published by selected publishers in Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa, Cameroon, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria and Zambia.

It is also published in the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America.

Amabooks co-director Brian Jones said his company was proud to have been singled out to be the only local publisher for the book that showcases quality African writing.

“It is a sad fact that often it is easier for a reader on the continent to get hold of books written by authors from the UK or the United States and, while it is important to be able to read literature from all over the world, African writing should be available everywhere,” Jones told the Daily News.

He added that the publication of this year’s collection-the fifth of the Caine Prize anthology-was made possible with the support from the Beit Trust.

Jones said the publishing the 2016 Caine Prize anthology was yet another feather in the cap of Amabooks which will take part in the Frankfurt Book Fair in October under an invitation programme that enables small independent publishing companies from Africa, the Arabic World, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean to participate in the world’s biggest book fair.

“Guaranteeing the presence of a selected group of over 20 publishing houses at the industry’s biggest get-together is the main goal of the Frankfurt Book Fair´s Invitation Programme.

“Attendance at the Fair gives publishers the opportunity to offer their titles to publishers in other countries — to be published there in English or in translation,” said Jones.

The Amabooks co-director said they his company has facilitated the publishing of Zimbabwean writer Tendai Huchu’s novel, The Maestro, The Magistrate and The Mathematician in many parts of the world.

“Huchu’s novel has so far been published in North America, the United Kingdom, Nigeria and Germany. It is beginning to sell well in those countries,” Jones said.

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