African Roar 2011 is the second annual anthology of short stories to be published by StoryTime Publications. Established in June 2007 by the Zimbabwean writer Ivor Hartmann, StoryTime is a weekly online literary magazine which publishes “new fiction, short stories, and book excerpts, by African writers exclusively”. The fourteen stories in this year’s anthology are selected from among the best submissions that were published in the magazine from August 2010 through August 2011. African Roar 2011 is co-edited by Ivor Hartmann and Emmanuel Sigauke and is dedicated to the late Ruzvidzo Stanley Mupfudza .
The featured authors are from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Nigeria, Malawi and Ghana and include those whose works I’m familiar with, such as Zukiswa Wanner, Uche Peter Umez and NoViolet Bulawayo, the 201 recipient of the Caine Prize. I also take note of newer writers such as Isaac Neequaye, Emmanuel Iduma, Hajira Amla and Chimbundu Mazi-Njoku.
The stories are as diverse as the continent they portray. I really enjoyed reading this anthology. Most importantly, I’m excited about what such writing indicates about the direction of contemporary African literature
I have decided to review each story in the collection. Reviews will be posted on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and I will adhere to the order in which the stories appear in the anthology. I will start this project on Saturday, November 5th with Witch’s Brew by Ruzvidzo Stanley Mupfudza.
African Roar 2011 is currently available at Amazon.com as a kindle e-book.
( Review copy given to me by the publisher, StoryTime Publications)