Later this month people will flock to the Egyptian capital Cairo. In this metropole an Internal Book Fair will be held. An event like this many people will gather to be present, to speech, to negotiate, to browse, to linger, to be surprised. May many people go and enjoy themselves.
Some more information on this Fair you will find here.
France still has a special relationship with its former colonies in Africa. The French language still plays an important role. The French military still has a strong presence in its former colonies. And the baguette has a strong following.
The writer Alain Mabanckou, born in Congo/Brazzaville, received a request by the French president. Mabanckou thought about it and wrote an Open Letter. It caused a stir.
Read more about it here.
The French president Emmanuel Macron asked the Congolese born writer Alan Mabanckou to participate in a program to support the French language and the French culture in African countries. France still keeps special relationships with its former colonies.
Mabanckou (who lived in France and now works in the United States of America) thought about it. He pondered. He took a piece of paper and a pen and he started writing. He wrote a letter to the French president (see my post on January 15, 2018) and in this article you will find more about his public statement.
Earlier this year the South African writer Keorapetse Kgositsile passed away. Many words have been written about his life and the loss literary minded people have felt.
One the contribution after his death has been written by his friend Gabeba Baderoon and you will find it here.
The request by president of the France homeland did not make the writer Alain Mabanckou budge. He declined a request by this president. So this put Mabanckou in the spotlight. Who is this man from Congo and this writer, who studied in France and now works in the United States of America?
Read more here.
The man who makes Elton John pale into insignificance
Not long ago the French president Emmanuel Macron invited the Congolese writer Alan Mabanckou to participate in a reflection to support the French language and the French culture.
Alan thought about it, took his pen and wrote a letter to the French president. You can read this letter here.
The famous Congolese writer Alain Mabanckou will descend on Amsterdam, the capital city of The Netherlands. He will be interviewed by Margot Dijkgraaf. Present will be also the Liberian writer Vamba Sherif.
In the announcement one sweeping statement is not absent. It is mentioned that Alain spent his childhood in Africa. Well, Africa is not a country, or a city.
You will find more information here.
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