“Hidden Figures”: An Untold Story Shines on Film

    Hidden Figures is the previously untold story of three African-American women—two mathematicians and one engineer —who worked at NASA in the early 1960s. With both their gender and race serving as obstacles to their advancement and acceptance by colleagues, mathematicians Katherine Goble Johnson and Dorothy Vaughn, along with engineer Mary Jackson, helped set…

Teju Cole Among African Finalists for PEN America Literary Awards

  PEN America has given African literature enthusiasts reason to celebrate. Four African authors are among the finalists for the 2017 PEN America Literary Awards. Among them is Nigerian-American Teju Cole, the first writer in the awards’ 54-year history to be nominated twice in one year: for the $10,000 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of…

Must-Read African Authors Longlisted for PEN America’s 2017 Literary Awards

  In the longlist for its prestigious 2017 Literary Awards, PEN America has recognized literature representing the African continent as critical to the cultural aesthetic. From debut novelists to emerging mid-career writers to an established young voice of our times, these six African authors should be on everyone’s reading lists now. One of the most…