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This collection brings together the five 2016 shortlisted stories, along with stories written at the Caine Prize Writers’ Workshop, which took place April 2016.

Now in its 17th year, The Caine Prize for African Writing has become an established prize on the literature calendar attracting high-calibre writers from all over the continent. The winner, Lidudumalingani, was awarded at an event on Monday 4th July at the Bodleian Library in Oxford. His story, ‘Memories We Lost’ was praised by the judges as being ‘multi-layered and gracefully narrated’ as it tells the story of a sister’s struggle to protect her mentally ill sibling in a South African village.

Lidudumalingani, winner of the 2016 Caine Prize Award

In celebration of the award and to help bring African fiction to a wider audience, New Internationalist is delighted to publish The Daily Assortment of Astonishing Things and Other Stories, an anthology that includes not only this years’ five short-listed stories but also a further twelve stories that are the result of the Writers’ Workshop.

The Prize is named in celebration of the late Sir Michael Caine, former Chairman of Booker plc, who was Chairman of the ‘Africa 95’ arts festival in Europe and Africa in 1995 and for nearly 25 years Chairman of the Booker Prize management committee.

Recent Events:

The Shortlist:

Lidudumalingani (South Africa) for ‘Memories we Lost’ published in Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You (Burnet Media, South Africa, 2015). Lidudumalingani is a writer, filmmaker and photographer. He was born in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, in a village called Zikhovane. Lidudumalingani has published short stories, non-fiction and criticism in various publications. His films have been screened at various film festivals.

Listen to Lidudumalingani’s story here

Abdul Adan (Somalia/Kenya) for ‘The Lifebloom Gift’ published in The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories: The Caine Prize for African Writing 2014 (New Internationalist, United Kingdom, 2014). His work has appeared in African magazines Kwani, Jungle Jim, Gambit, Okike, Storytime, SCARF and elsewhere. He was a participant in the 2014 Caine Prize workshop in Zimbabwe, and is a founding member of the Jalada collective.

Listen to Abdul’s story here

Lesley Nneka Arimah (Nigeria) for ‘What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky’ published in Catapult (Catapult, USA, 2015). Lesley Nneka Arimah is a Nigerian writer living in Minneapolis. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s and other publications. When she isn’t spreading peace and joy on Twitter, Arimah is at work on a collection of short stories (What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky) forthcoming in 2017 from Riverhead Books. There are rumours about a novel…

Tope Folarin (Nigeria) for ‘Genesis’ published in Callaloo (Johns Hopkins University Press, USA, 2014). Tope Folarin won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2013, and in 2014 he was named in the Africa39 list of the most promising African writers under 39. In addition, his work has been published in various anthologies and journals. He lives in Washington DC.

Bongani Kona (Zimbabwe) for ‘At your Requiem’ published in Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You (Burnet Media, South Africa, 2015). Bongani Kona is a freelance writer and contributing editor of Chimurenga. His writing has appeared in Mail & Guardian, Rolling Stone (South Africa), Sunday Times and other publications and websites. He is also enrolled as a Masters student in the Creative Writing department at the University of Cape Town.

Listen to Bongani’s story here

ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-320-5
Dimensions: 190 mm x 130 mm
Format: Paperback
Page extent: 240
Publication date: July 2016

Date added: May 13, 2016

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  1. #1 Derek Parker 08 Oct 16

    Could I please receive a review copy of the Caine Prize 2016 book, which might be suitable for review with one of my freelance clients, the Australian/Review.

    Alternately, could you direct me to the Australian distributor of the book.

    Best regards

    Derek Parker
    Freelance reviewer
    1/74 Truganini Road
    Carnegie 3163


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