John Eppel and Togara Muzanenhamo's poetry collaboration Textures has been nominated for a 2016 Zimbabwe National Arts Merit Award, in the Outstanding Fiction category.
The other shortlisted books are:
Dzinonyandura coordinated by Rabson Shumba [263 Nhetembo]
Ties that Bind by Phillip K. Chidavaenzi [New Heritage Press]
The Book of Memory by Petina Gappah [Faber and Faber]
This is the second recent shortlisting for Togara Muzanenhamo. His collection Gumiguru was one of the three books shortlisted for the 2016 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry; the prize eventually being awarded to South African poet Kobus Moolman for his collection A Book of Rooms.
Click here to hear Togara Muzanenhamo reading 'Gondershe' from Textures, accompanied by Leo Svirsky on accordion. Thanks to: Rick Messemaker (camera), Rumbi Katedza (editor), De Niewe Ruimte, A View with a Room and Poetry International.
Other readings by Togara Muzanenhamo from Textures include Mercantile Rain and The Art of Man.
Readings by John Eppel from Textures include A Suburban Night in August and Only Jacarandas.