Saturday, July 3, 2010

Christopher Mlalazi in Los Angeles

Villa Aurora & Eso Won Bookstore present

an evening of stories, poetry & music with

2010 Feuchtwanger Fellow Christopher Mlalazi, Zimbabwe

fellow Zimbabwean writer and editor Emmanuel Sigauke

& Judicanti Responsura

7PM on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Eso Won Bookstore

4331 Degnan Boulevard, Los Angeles 90008

Villa Aurora’s 2010 Feuchtwanger Fellow, Zimbabwean writer Christopher Mlalazi’s two books, Dancing with Life (2008, amaBooks), a collection of short stories, Many Rivers (2009, Lion Press, Ltd., UK), a novel, and his latest play Election Day (2010), deal with the social and political disintegration of his native Zimbabwe. In 2008 he was co-awarded the OXFAM NOVIP PEN Freedom of Expression Award at the Hague, which he received with Raisedon Baya for their play The Crocodile of Zambezi. The Crocodile of Zambezi (2008), a satire of the Mugabe regime set in a fictional country along the Zambezi River, was officially banned and members of its cast and crew were harassed and beaten by state agents. Christopher Mlalazi’s work has received numerous honors and awards, including the ‘2009 Best First Published Creative Work, National Arts Merit Award in Zimbabwe’ for Dancing with Life: Tales from the Township, which also received a NOMA Award for Publishing in Africa Honourable Mention(UK) in 2009; Many Rivers was shortlisted for the 2010 National Arts Merit Award for Most Outstanding Book of Fiction. He has also published poetry in several international anthologies. Mr. Mlalazi has just completed a new novel in his residency at Villa Aurora.

The above is an extract from Emmanuel Sigauke's Wealth of Ideas website. Please click on the title of this post for the complete article. Emmanuel is a Zimbabwean academic and writer based in California.

The photo is of Chris, Bheki Dube and Jane Morris at the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo in 2006.

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