Reading List

Authors write about the texts that they read, engaged with, while researching and writing their book.

What is the relationship between humor and politics in Africa?

What does the history of South Africa’s power utility, Eskom, tell us about the apartheid and post-apartheid state?

We often hear from Western donors that Africa suffers from food ‘scarcity.’ The real problem is the exploitation of African land, labor, and knowledge.

The last decade saw the most protests in human history. But how is it that so many uprisings led to the opposite of what they asked for?

Once associated with socialism, the language of participation has been co-opted. How was this radical idea depoliticized?

Ahead of the publication of his new book on Leopold Senghor and African political theology, the author selects books that inspired his writing process

Pedro Monaville selects key texts that helped shape a new book on Congolese student-driven left nationalism in the aftermath of Patrice Lumumba’s assassination.

Nigerian Canadian poet Ayomide Bayowa discusses the influences behind his latest poetry collection.

American civil rights activist George Houser was also active in Africa’s anti-colonial struggle. To write his biography, Sheila Collins widely read 20th century African political history.

While editing a collection of the writings of South African feminist Lauretta Ngcobo, Barbara Boswell found inspiration in texts that reflected Ngcobo’s sense that writing is an exercise of freedom.

Instead of listing the books that help her write 'Written Out: The Silencing of Regina Gelana Twala,' the author notes five books that shaped Regina Gelana Twala.

The author reflects on books that offer a long-historical perspective on African literature and history.

The author of 'Now You Know How Mapetla Died,' a book on the murder of a leading Black Consciousness leader, writes about her research.

Anyone who has attempted to describe dance in writing knows how difficult it is. These books on dance on the continent and the diaspora gets close.

On the publication of his book on black life on the margins, the South African author reflects on work that expand the meaning of being black on the world.

The author of 'Decolonize Museums' assembles a list of essential reading on the past, present and future of museums.

The award-winning South African author Melinda Ferguson takes us through a selection of books exploring freedom, death, truth, as well as psychedelics, which can be a route to pondering such big questions.

The author writes about books whose true power comes from excavating the perennial endemic diseases that never leave our sight.

The author’s new book wants to clear away some of the misunderstandings that dog Africa and China relations. Here, he catalogs the books that guided him.

The books that the author, a Cameroonian novelist, has been reading share an ethics of political engagement, a quest for identity and cultural inventory, and an ear for the voices and harmonies of African languages.