The shortlist for the Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced, which means a growing cabal of bloggers will be writing reviews/analyses about the five stories soon. This will be our third year going, and I’m really excited about it. The stories are always really interesting, and I get exposed to things I would never find otherwise. The shortlist itself is often more exciting than just the ultimate winner, and seeing the various types of stories that make it this far is really interesting. I’ve learned a lot from my co-bloggers in how to read a text, and it’s helped me recently as I’ve been organizing the African Studies Reading Group here at Yale, an ad hoc eating and close-reading group of folks, within our department this past year.
And so, with that, I’m excited to announced that I’ll be joining the ranks in reading the Caine Prize shortlist this year in the last week of May and throughout June. If you want a taste, feel free to click the “Caine Prize” tag and see posts from the proceeding years, and I hope you’ll check out posts by the whole crew of bloggers at the bottom of each of my reviews. If you’re interested in joining us, please do! Drop me a line and I’ll make sure to link to it.
The shortlisted stories for the 2013 Caine Prize are [links to pdfs]:
- “Bayan Layi,” by Elnathan John
- “Transition,” by Tope Folarin
- “Foreign Aid,” by Pede Hollist
- “The Whispering Tree,” by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim
- “America,” by Chinelo Okparanta
We’ll be tackling them weekly and in that order, starting the week of May 27th. Won’t you read with us?