Saturday, May 9, 2009

Petina Gappah launches short story anthology

Zimbabwean author Petina Gappah will launch her first short story anthology, Elegy for Easterly, at Amanzi Restaurant in Harare, Zimbabwe on May 23.

The book, published last month by United Kingdom-based giant Faber and Faber, was launched to "much fanfare and excitement here in Europe," according to the author.

Gappah also revealed that there would be another launch of the same book in the United States early next month.

An ecstatic Gappah, writing from her base in Geneva, said she was looking forward to travelling to Zimbabwe from Switzerland for the Harare launch.

"I will be travelling to Southern Africa to launch the book in Fransschoek, Johannesburg, and Cape Town.

"Best of all would be the launch in my beloved Harare, where all but one of the 13 stories in the book are set," she said.

Gappah first rose to prominence when one of her short stories, The Mupandawana Dance Contest, scooped first prize in the Mukuru short story competition. She becomes one of the few local authors to have their books published by an international firm.

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