The directors of amaBooks:
Brian Jones and Jane Morris
Welcome to our website,
amaBooks is a small independent publishing house based in Zimbabwe's second city of Bulawayo. We are passionate about good creative writing and strive to give a voice to the Zimbabwe story. We publish novels, short stories and poetry, with a few local history and culture titles.
Since our inception we have been able to give a platform to many emerging writers, as well as publishing more established authors. Several of our titles have achieved recognition both nationally and internationally.
We also offer publishing services, including editing, proof-reading and origination, and run workshops on publishing issues.
In order to make books that have relevance to Zimbabwe available in the country, we distribute selected books by other publishers.
We, Brian Jones and Jane Morris, are the two directors of amaBooks.
Our most recent collection:
'amaBooks have published the 2012 Caine Prize anthology, African Violet, in Zimbabwe, joining other African publishers in making good African writing available across the continent.
The collection includes the story of the life and times of a war hero who discovers the oddities of the world and returns to his home to declare his own form of independence....the story of an inveterate chancer and drunk who gives a command performance as he outwits his boss and the tale of a severed leg in a tree that leads a maverick investigator down the darkest of trails...
The fifteen stories in the collection show yet again the richness and range of current writing on the continent. They underline the primacy of the short story, with its oral antecedents, at the very heart of African literature. The Nobel Prize winner J.M. Coetzee commented that 'over the past ten years, the Caine Prize has done a great deal to foster writing in Africa and bring exciting new African writers to the attention of wider audiences.'
'Dazzling and splendidly diverse.' - The Times, London
'A vital collection drawing on a rich treasury of material.' - The Guardian, London
Where to Now? Short Stories from Zimbabwe and This September Sun are now available in the UK, both published by Parthian Books.
Click on the cover images on the left to order a copy from the African Books Collective, on the right to order from Parthian.
NoViolet Bulawayo, from Snapshots in Where to Now?
Mapfumo Clement Chihota from A Beast and a Jete in Where to Now?
Brian Chikwava from The Jazz Goblin and His Rhythm in Short Writings from Bulawayo III
an empty but attractive
marked in bold blue letters
fresh creamy milk
being blown by the wind
along the road
that leads to a rubbish dump
by the cemetery«
Julius Chingono from My Country in Long Time Coming
Christopher Mlalazi from Dancing with Life in Dancing with Life
John Eppel from The Very High Ranking Soldier’s Wife in The Caruso of Colleen Bawn
Judy Maposa from First Rain in Long Time Coming