The “39 Project” aims to celebrate the most vibrant voices in literature. It consists of a selection of 39 writers under the age of 40 from a given region. In 2014, the 39 Project focuses on Sub-Saharan Africa.
This year, the Africa39 Project provides a platform to expand the conversation about the future of literature in Africa. The Africa39 Project, as part of the Port Harcourt (UNESCO World Book Capital 2014) Book Fair, will culminate in the publication of an anthology featuring new writing by selected writers from Africa, south of the Sahara, and its diaspora. This anthology will be jointly published by the Hay Festival, the Rainbow Book Club, and Bloomsbury.
Across the world, and from 2014 to 2016, a series of events will seek to showcase the Africa39 authors, their work, and the Africa39 anthology. During this period, we will provide updates and news on Africa39 events, interviews and profiles of Africa39 authors, excerpts of the Africa39 authors’ work, and discussions on African literature