Monday, February 1, 2016

'Textures' nominated for a 2016 National Arts Merit Award

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.

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