links for 2009-01-17

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  1. Interesting to break down the “100 best books” list by publisher. Eleven of them from Heinemann alone, which says a lot about the crucial influence of their African Writers’ Series in the literary development of the continent’s anglophone countries. Some of the French titles are or were also published by Heinemann in translation.

    Gail Low of the University of Dundee is about to publish a monograph on the role of metropolitan publishing houses in post-independence African and Caribbean literature–potentially fascinating stuff that might not be so very far removed from some of your current research interests.

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