We want to start by saying thank you for the many well-wishes sent to PALF director Jeffery Allen. Jeff is recovering well and is deeply appreciate of all your kind support.
We are writing today, however, to inform you that because of the difficulty securing sponsors during these very difficult financial times, PALF will be canceling its 2009 Writer’s Conference and concentrating all energies on returning to Africa in 2010 at Timbuktu, Mali.
Moving the conference to Mali in 2010 had always been a goal of PALF’s and one we are excited to fulfill. Though more details will be revealed in the coming months, we can share with you that the 2010 conference will focus one Francophone literature in Africa and the African Diaspora. Special courses, lectures, and events will honor Nigerian writers during what will be the 50th Anniversary of Nigerian independence. There will also be homages to outstanding Francophone writers, including: Camara Laye, Aime Cesaire, Ous Mane Sembene, and Leopold Senghor.
Please be sure to check out website for updates and information on our upcoming full-length manuscript contest (The PALF Book Prize) which opens March of 2009.
Also be sure to check out writers Binyavanga Wainaina, Colin Channer, and Thomas Sayers Ellis as they read in support of PALF on Feburary 17th, at 6:30pm at the New School. Moderated by Jeffery Renard Allen. Further information can be found here:
Thank you for your continued support,
The Pan African Literary Forum