Saturday, February 04, 2012

NEW PUBLICATION: How Shall We Kill the Bishop and Other Stories by Lily Mabura

Slated to be published in March 2012 is Lily Mabura's short story anthology How Shall We Kill the Bishop and other Stories. The title story How Shall We Kill the Bishop was shortlisted for the 11th Caine Prize for African Writing in 2010. I read the story but got lost along the way; however, I know of other individuals who loved the story. The challenge is now to revisit this short story and have a second reading.

From the Publishers:
An artist mourning for a brother who died in Bosnia, a restless young woman alerted to the possibility of life outside her tight knit community, an unemployed lawyer lingering in a Kenyan hospital - Lily Mabura's first collection of short stories deals with characters whose fates fascinates and alarm. 

Set in Kenya, the USA, Namibia and the Congo, these brief, evocative tales demonstrate an acute sensitivity to the globalised trajectories which increasingly distinguished our world.

One of Kenya's most promising authors, Lily Mabura's Story 'How shall we Kill the Bishop?' was shortlisted for the 2010 Caine Prize for African Writing. 
Visit the publishers site and download Man in ultramarine Pyjamas for free. The book is published under the African Writers Series.

Brief Bio: Lily Mabura is an African and African Diaspora scholar and writer at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her literary awards include the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature and Kenya's National Book Week Literary Award. She has published several short stories, a novel, The Pretoria Conspiracy (Focus Books, 2000), and three children's books. She is currently working on a fictional exploration of Kenya's 2007-08 post-election violence, Man from Magadi. (source: A Life in Full and other stories)


  1. A very interesting book. I recommend this book to all Africans. Good work by Lily

  2. The title just grabs your attention and makes you want to know more. And what a striking cover. Off to peek at the publisher's site!

  3. The story itself is good, I need to read it again.


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