Wawa Book Review, (bookaholic content website of choice for all of us at BM) focuses on the outputs of African publishers, aiming to provide excellent commentary on books published on the continent and to give feedback to publishers, editors, authors and translators. For 2016, their critics selected a list of thirteen books that was considered fine literature in six categories – Children, Drama, Fiction, History, Poetry and Young Adult. The books on the African Book Critics’ List 2016 were published in seven countries namely Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa. The list, with book titles are listed in alphabetical order:

  1. A Book of Rooms (Poetry) by  Kobus Moolman (South Africa), published by Deep South (South Africa)
  2. Affluenza (Fiction) by Niq Mhlongo (South Africa), published by Kwela Books (South Africa)
  3. Anubis (Fiction) by Ibrahim al-Koni (Libya), translated by William M Hutchins, published by The American University in Cairo Press (Egypt)
  4. Born on a Tuesday (Fiction) by Elnathan John (Nigeria), published by Cassava Republic Press (Nigeria)
  5. Boy, Interrupted (Fiction) by  Saah Millimono (Liberia), published by Kwani Trust (Kenya)
  6. Kintu (Fiction) by  Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi (Uganda), published by Kwani Trust (Kenya)
  7. London – Cape Town – Joburg (Fiction) by Zukiswa Wanner (South Africa) published by Kwela Books (South Africa)
  8. Regarding Muslims: From Slavery to Post-Apartheid (History) by Gabeba Baderoon (South Africa), published by Wits University Press (South Africa)
  9. Silencing the Songbird (Drama) by Bouchaib El Idrissi (Morocco), published by Editions Ennawrass (Morocco)
  10. Terra Incognita: New Short Speculative Stories from Africa (Fiction), edited by Nerine Dorman (South Africa), published by Short Story Day Africa (South Africa)
  11. The Boy Who Spat in Sargrenti’s Eye (Young Adult) by Manu Herbstein (South Africa), published by Techmate Publishers Limited (Ghana)
  12. The Freedom Day Party (Children) by Teresa Oyibo Ameh (Nigeria), published by Grower Literature (Nigeria)
  13. The Promise of Hope: New and Selected Poems, 1964–2013 (Poetry) by Kofi Awoonor (Ghana), published by Amalion Publishing (Senegal)

Click here to read up reviews on each of the thirteen books.

Source: wawabookreview.com