S4E6: Behind the Scenes at Africa Is a Country & The Johannesburg Review of Books
09 Jun 2022
In our sixth episode of season four, Sindi-Leigh McBride interviews Sean Jacobs and Ben Williams.
Sindi-Leigh is a writer from Johannesburg, and a PhD candidate at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Sean is an Associate Professor of International Affairs at The New School in New York City and founding editor of Africa Is a Country. He was born and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. Ben is the Publisher of The Johannesburg Review of Books and is currently based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has been involved in South African and African literature, books and publishing for two decades.
They reflect on the history of Africa Is a Country and The Johannesburg Review of Books, magazines and online publications which inspired them, funding, as well as cultural ties between South Africa and the United States.
They also commemorate Palestinian journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh.
In this episode we stand in solidarity with author and investigative journalist Christopher Acosta Alfaro and director and editor of Penguin Random House Peru, Jerónimo Pimentel Prieto. You can learn more about their case here: https://pen-international.org/news/peru-author-christopher-acosta-and-publisher-jeronimo-pimentel-sentenced-for-publishing-book
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