Arac de Nyeko Wins the Caine

Summer is a slow time for literary awards. Fortunately, yesterday brought the news that Ugandan writer Monica Arac de Nyeko has won the Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story, “Jambula Tree.” Called the “African Booker,” the Caine judges short stories in English by African writers and reflecting African sensibilities. Arac de Nyeko will receive a £10,000 cash award and a month as a writer in residence at Georgetown University. From the Guardian (“Love story wins ‘African Booker’,” by Michelle Pauli):

Set in Uganda, where Arac de Nyeko was born and brought up, it tells of a taboo love between two teenagers, and the consequences of its discovery. While the emotions are described with a delicate touch, the tale is given ballast through its rich portrayal of the protagonists’ community, the Nakawa Housing Estates – a crowded acre of “planned slums, with people with broken dreams and unplanned families for neighbours”.



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Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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