Recent News

Categories:

#TBT | An Ode to Makeup | The Full Transcript of Chimamanda Adichie’s Wellesley Speech

adichie wellesley

Our #TBT feature this week is Chimamanda Adichie’s Wellesley speech. Two years ago, Adichie gave the commencement speech at Wellesley College. It’s an insightful speech on the multiple dimensions of feminist ideas and ideals. She begins with an anecdote about her journey to loving makeup and goes on to explore the culture of privilege and […]

Read More 0 Comments

The Impossibly Dapper Novelist: A Look at Alain Mabanckou’s Style File

mabanckou style (2)

From Chimamanda Adichie’s widely-publicized made-in-Nigeria wardrobe to Teju Cole’s Ikire Jones scarves to Prof Ato Quayson’s fedora hats, fashion and style have become a new mode of self-expression among African literary figures. They effortlessly blend literary success and a love for style. In so doing, these writers have transformed the idea of the public intellectual into […]

Read More 1 Comment

Keeping Up With African Writers: Aminatta Forna

aminatta-5-1-e1498142594292

  Among writers of her generation, Aminatta Forna belongs in the higher ranks of critical acclaim. With her work translated into sixteen languages, she has been described, by the London Evening Standard, as “arguably the best writer of fiction” “about war and its aftermath.” She has also been praised in similar terms by the judges of […]

Read More 0 Comments

Why Maaza Mengiste Threw Away the First Draft of Her Second Novel

mengiste_shevaunwilliams-1-1-e1498141568170

Maaza Mengiste might have just one novel published so far, in 2010, but she is one of the most visible Ethiopian writers on the international scene. That novel, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, is an empathetic unraveling of the 1974 Ethiopian Revolution through the eyes of a father and his two sons. Here is a description […]

Read More 0 Comments

Chimamanda Adichie at City of Columbia’s Books In Bloom Festival | By Arao Ameny

adichie columbia city (1)

The city of Columbia, Maryland—a city located midway between Washington D.C. and Baltimore—hosted its first literary festival ‘Books in Bloom’ this past Sunday on June 11 at Symphony Woods Park. Nigerian writer and Columbia resident, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, headlined the event this past Sunday promoting her book Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen […]

Read More 1 Comment

Leila Aboulela Headlines 2017 Kaduna Book and Arts Festival

kabafest (1)

Hold on, Ake Festival. KABAFEST is here! Yes, we are delighted to announce the inaugural edition of the Kaduna Book & Arts Festival (KABAFEST). It will take place on 5-8 July 2017 at the Gusau Institute in Kaduna State. The government of Kaduna State, the Book Buzz Foundation, and the Gusau Institute are joining hands […]

Read More 0 Comments

The Weight of Silence | By Abubakar Adam Ibrahim | Fiction

abubakar ibrahim silence (1)

  Do you believe in karma or do you call it something else, like kismet or qadr or providence? Or have you, over the years, along with your inexplicable taste for self-destruction, acquired a penchant for dismissing such things as incidental, as has become fashionable? Did you ever imagine, even in your wildest dreams, and […]

Read More 4 Comments

Nnedi Okorafor Has a Star Wars Short Story Coming Out in October

nnedi okorafor star wars

Random House’s sci-fi imprint, Del Rey, is releasing a collection of stories that explores the perspective of minor characters in the Star Wars saga. Okorafor is one of 40 writers invited to contribute to the anthology titled Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. Here is what we know about Okorafor’s featured short story. In […]

Read More 0 Comments

I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Archives

Longlist for the 2017 Nigerian Flash Fiction Contest Announced

flashfiction

Two Nigerian publishers have teamed up to create a literary prize called Nigerian Flash Fiction Contest. The longlist for the […]

An Excerpt from Alain Mabanckou’s Man Booker Prize-nominated Black Moses

black moses

Alain Mabanckou’s eleventh novel, Black Moses, was longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize. It was translated from French […]

A Confession in Three Movements | By Moyosore Orimoloye | Poetry

8459635858_ee983ac0d0_o

And he who has none, even that which he has shall be taken from him. – Mark 4:25b. I Brethren, […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Submit to Enkare Review’s Second Issue

enkare-review-issue-1

Enkare Review is currently open for submissions. The magazine’s Issue 1 was released in April and included an interview with The […]

#CainePrize2017 | Review of Magogodi Makhene’s “The Virus” | By Ebenezer Agu

caine prize feature

It is a Brittle Paper tradition to review the five stories shortlisted for the Caine Prize. Through this, we hope to […]

Adichie Receives Mary McCarthy Award for Her “Charismatic Presence”

adichie (1)

Chimamanda Adichie has been honoured with Bard College’s Mary McCarthy Award, not only for her “astonishing novels” and “formative nonfiction” […]