Christopher Mlalazi has been offered a Feuchtwanger Fellowship, a nine-month residency for a writer at the Villa Aurora in Pacific Palisades, California. The selection committee for the Hellman/Hammett grant programme, which is managed by Human Rights Watch, was asked to suggest a writer for the Fellowship and Christopher was selected.
The Villa Aurora is the former home of exiled German-Jewish writer Lion Feuchtwanger and his wife Marta. It is now an international meeting place and artists residence that fosters exchange in the fields of literature, music, art, and film. It was set up as a living memorial to artists and intellectuals who found refuge from Nazi Germany in Southern California. It also commemorates the role that these exiles played in shaping art and culture in their new home.
'amaBooks have published Christopher's collection of short stories, Dancing with Life: Tales from the Township, as well as short stories by Chris in each of the Short Writings from Bulawayo series and in Long Time Coming: Short Writings from Zimbabwe.
Congratulations also to Novuyo Rosa Tshuma, who has been invited to attend the next Caine Prize workshop. Novuyo has had short stories published by 'amaBooks in both Echoes of Young Voices and Silent Cry: Echoes of Young Voices. In attending the workshop, she will be following in the footsteps of others who have written for 'amaBooks, including Christopher Mlalazi, Tinashe Mushakavanhu and, last year, Thabisani Ndlovu.