ebook: The Daily Assortment of Astonishing things and Other Stories - Caine Prize For African Writing 2016
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.
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.