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Chikoti to read his book at US University

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Renowned writer and Story Club founder Shadreck Chikoti leaves the country on February 19 for the United States of America where among others he is expected to read his book Azotus The Kingdom at the University of Michigan.

Chikoti broke the news on his Facebook page, saying he was excited to have this first major reading and book signing of Azotus The Kingdom at University of Michigan.

Many people commenting on the news have since congratulated Chikoti for this move.

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Azotus The Kingdom is the book which has come out this year and won Chikoti the 2014 Malawi Writers Union (Mawu) Peer Gynt Award.

“The book came out this year and actually it was featured on CNN when they interviewed me on African Voices. This is a fantastic satire with scientific element and it mainly focuses on aspects of freedom,” said Chikoti who has several other books to his credit.

He said apart from reading the book where he will talk about literature in general, Chikoti will also have a chance of touring other places to interact with fellow writers.

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“I will visit several areas including California, Texas and Ohio where I will meet writers. We also want to make links with other writers so that they can help us in the Story Club,” he said.

The writer said the country is making headway in the world of writing although some quarters have recently said the country was failing to notch awards on the international platform which has seen West Africa dominating.

“To read my book at the University of Michigan is a plus not only for me but for the country. This authenticates me as a writer and it shows that we have an international presence. We just have to keep working hard and strive at producing quality work,” said Chikoti.

Recently, veteran poet and writer Benedicto Wokomaatani Malunga also received communication from Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies who are eager to produce a special edition for him in appreciation of his contribution.

Malunga has been contributing his short stories to Ufahamu for years.

Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies is an interdisciplinary journal of African studies published by University of California in United States of America.

Chikoti said with Story Club they have been engaging different writers with the aim of growing their base.

Last year Chikoti and team engaged writers among them Zimbabwean writer and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga who embraced an international literary session.

He is expected back from US on March 10.

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