Logos Open forthcoming book makes African books 2023 list


Logos Open Culture’s forthcoming book titled Madonna is Our Mother: Notes from Malawi has been listed by Brittle Paper as one of the most anticipated African books in 2023.

The book, Madonna is Our Mother: Notes from Malawi, by author and academic Muti Michael Phoya, will be launched next month in Lilongwe.

According to, in this collection of essays, Muti, who spearheads Logos Open Culture, reflects on the shifting character of postcolonial Malawi.


“It focuses mainly on the land and memory, the book paints a nuanced picture of a modern African country through its fascinating history,” he said.

Muti said being added to the list by Brittle Paper, an online literary magazine styled as an African literary blog published weekly in the English language, “is a great acknowledgement of one of the most exciting books to be published in Malawi this year”.

Muti has engaged with Malawi’s story since 2000 and has authored several books of fiction and non-fiction, including Malawi, Lake of Stars.


He has also contributed to the Society of Malawi Journal, and the influential Pan-African blog, Africa is a Country.

Muti won the Peer Gynt Literary Award in 2005 and was the Goethe-Institute Moving Africa scholar in 2011.

With Logos open Culture, a Malawian start-up and independent book publisher that carries out work to celebrate Malawi’s history, culture, arts and people, he has produced books such as Making Music in Malawi by John Lwanda which came out in 2021, Lomathinda: Rose Chibambo Speaks by Timwa Lipenga (2019) and Malawi – A Place Apart (2017) by Asbjorn Eidhammer, former Norwegian Ambassador to Malawi.

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