ProQuest Information and Learning has announced that it will offer higher education institutions across Africa free and heavily discounted access to the company's newly launched online edition of the African Writers Series. ProQuest earlier this year unveiled Release One of the new electronic version of the acclaimed African Writers Series, the first volumes of which were published in print in 1962 by Heinemann Educational Books. Approximately 360 subsequent volumes were published in the series by Heinemann from 1962 to 2003.
Release One of ProQuest's new online version contains 65 volumes drawn from the original series. It features fiction, poetry, drama and nonfiction works by writers, such as Ama Ata Aidoo, Mongo Beti, Steve Biko, Dennis Brutus, Cyprian Ekwensi, Buchi Emecheta, Bessie Head, Chenjerai Hove, Jack Mapanje, and Veronique Tadjo. Release Two, expected to be released later this year, will include works by Kofi Awoonor, Nadine Gordimer (winner of the 1991 Nobel Prize for Literature), Taban lo Liyong, Gabriel Okara and Tayib Salih, among numerous others. Each volume in the new online series is reproduced from the original print volumes as fully as possible, including accompanying text by the author, introductions, notes, glossaries and other editorial matter, as well as illustrations.