A Pedestrian Paradox in Cape Town

Capetonians are a very congenial bunch. I see bus passengers give up their seats for the elderly and disabled without being asked, …

Sweltering Short Stories

I loved this collection of short stories. I was initially drawn to it because the editors are among my favorite African authors—and …

Lions and their Manes

Everyone knows that the way to tell male and female adult lions apart is the mane, right? Turns out that’s not always …

Strange Gods

I’ll admit that I was predisposed to like this novel; after all, it takes place in Kenya. Still, Annamaria Alfieri’s characters and …

Why Do Zebras Have Stripes?

I’ve been looking through back issues of my favorite magazine, Africa Geographic, to find information about rhino poaching, and I came across …