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Mawenzi House Authors on International Women’s Day

I believe that for change to occur, particularly for BIWOC writers, our voices must be amplified in ways that are meaningful and sustainable. We need to be allies, and we need allies so we can begin the messy work of breaking down systemic barriers through an intersectional lens. While it has been encouraging to see a shift in narratives, with more of our voices coming to the fore, we also need to examine the powers…

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Adab Festival Highlights

As delighted as I was on receiving an invitation to read at the Adab Festival in Karachi, I was also anxious in the days leading up to it. I had fallen off a treadmill just the week before, and was suffering from terrible headaches, which sometimes left me searching for words. I was scared of making a fool of myself on stage. But thanks to Nadya Mujahid-Chisti and Shazaf Haider, the evening turned out to…

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Black History Month: Poetry Highlight

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the important achievements made by African Americans throughout history. Over the years, Black Canadians have contributed immensely to literature, whether it be in the prose or verse form. Here is a look into the great African Canadian writers we have published, and the importance of their verses. Nuff Said by Michelle Muir skillfully blends the language of the contemporary urban environment with her personal take on African-Canadian rhythmic…

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Al-Shabaab’s Theatre of Death and Destruction Comes to Nairobi, Again

Four weeks have passed since explosives and gunfire ripped through the DusitD2 on the afternoon of Tuesday, January 15. The attack shattered the usual tranquility of the upscale hotel and office complex in the Westlands neighbourhood of Nairobi. The siege on the compound lasted nearly 20 hours. A haven for Western expats, NGO workers and well-to-do Kenyans, the DusitD2 was a prime target for a terrorist group in desperate need of international media attention. 21…

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Black History Month: Fiction Highlight 1

Black History Month is a time to celebrate the important achievements made by African Americans throughout history. Over the years, Black Canadians have contributed immensely to literature, whether it be in the prose or verse form. Here is a look into the great African Canadian writers we have published, and the importance of their words.

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Celebrating the Year of the Pig

Happy Chinese New Year! 新年快乐! We have a great list of Asian-Canadian writers such as C Fong Hsiung, Lien Chao, Yaya Yao, Julia Lin, Kwai-Yun Li, as well as a couple of anthologies. You can read all about these great works through our newsletter by clicking here. The authors listed below, however, are those who were born in the Year of the Pig. Keep reading to find out more about their books, and help us…

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Blog Debut: Welcome

New year, new us. Welcome to our new website! With this big update comes a sleek new look, easy access to all our available titles. For some 40 years Mawenzi House and its progenitor TSAR Publications have devoted themselves to publishing fresh new writing from Canada and across the world that reflects more truly the diversity and intermixing of our rapidly globalizing world. Acutely aware that the “mainstream” culture dominating Canada and elsewhere has been…

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