The Science of African Sex! Why We Love Jalada’s New Collection

Every once in a while, stories come along that surprise critics and readers who claim to know African literature. Jalada’s recent compilation about sex strikes me as that kind of work. Jalada Africa is a literary collective committed to reshaping the way writing is published and circulated within the continent. Their recent collection titled Sext [...]

African Novels Worth Loving — Poor Christ by Mongo Beti | African Summer Reading

Summer is for finding new novels to love. And I’m pleased to introduce Poor Christ of Bomba, a novel by the Cameroonian author, Mongo Beti, to Brittle Paper readers looking to spice up their summer reading list with African titles. The novel’s airy, flirty, and comical take on sex and 1930s Cameroon makes it such a [...]

Wole Soyinka Lists 7 Weird Things Parisians Do With Baguette

A few weeks ago, we dug deep into the Soyinka archive and found the transcript of a radio show he did in 1960 about his visit to Paris. We made a post based on this find and titled it “Soyinka’s Guide to Paris.” {Read it HERE} Since you loved it so much, we decided to bring [...]

Leila Aboulela Takes Us Back 14 Years to the First Caine Prize | Exclusive Interview

We are so pleased to bring you this Q&A with the brilliant and gorgeous Leila Aboulela. 14 years ago, the Sudanese author made history when she won the inaugural edition of the Caine Prize for African Writing.  She’s gone on to publish a short story collection titled Colored Lights (2001), in addition to two critically [...]

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The Science of African Sex! Why We Love Jalada’s New Collection

Every once in a while, stories come along that surprise critics and readers who claim to know African literature. Jalada’s recent compilation about sex strikes me as that kind of work. Jalada Africa is a literary collective committed to reshaping the way writing is published and circulated within the continent. Their recent collection titled Sext [...]

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Pidgin English: A Language of Flowery metaphors, Slangs and Jokes | Q&A with Ruona Agbroko-Meyer

In official linguistic circles, the language is called West African Pidgin English. It came into being on the coast of Guinea in the 17th century when British merchants succeeded the Dutch as the prominent seafaring group stationed on the West African Coast. Today, the language has evolved into a complex linguistic phenomenon and is widely spoken [...]

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Stephen King’s Bra, Literary Booze, and a Spellacious Watermark

  Some literary fun to get your Friday off to a smooth and cheerful start. You don’t have to be a literary nerd to find these images sweetly comical! All five images are featured in Buzzfeed’s “The 26 Most Hilarious And Shocking Moments In Literary History,” compiled by Justin Carissimo. Here are my favorites, but feel [...]

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African Novels Worth Loving — Poor Christ by Mongo Beti | African Summer Reading

Summer is for finding new novels to love. And I’m pleased to introduce Poor Christ of Bomba, a novel by the Cameroonian author, Mongo Beti, to Brittle Paper readers looking to spice up their summer reading list with African titles. The novel’s airy, flirty, and comical take on sex and 1930s Cameroon makes it such a [...]

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Faber & Faber Should Be Slapped for the New Tutuola Book Covers

  The UK publishing powerhouse, Faber &Faber, is re-issuing several titles from Amos Tutuola’s repertoire and these are the covers they dreamt up. This lazy graphic art that looks like generic Photoshop patterns. Tutuola’s work deserves much better. His first novel, The Palmwine Drinkard, was  published by Faber & Faber way back in 1952. It was [...]

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PHOTOS: Meeting African Authors at Chicago’s Printers Row Book Festival

  I spent last Saturday at Printers Row Literary Festival, a book festival sponsored by the Chicago Tribune. The festival was celebrating its 30th year anniversary, and I was there to volunteer as an author escort. My task consisted of picking up my assigned author at Hotel Blake, seeing them off to their venue, sitting through [...]

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The Puzzling Business of Self-Invention — Review of Chela’s Caine Prize Story by Ainehi Edoro

Here is the last of the Caine Prize story reviews. It’s been pretty amazing featuring reviews—of the shortlisted story—written by bloggers and writers of note in the African literary community:  Orem Ochiel’s review of Oduor’s “My Father’s Head” , Richard Ali’s review of Diane Awerbuck’s “Phosphorescence” , Aaron Bady’s review of Billy Kahora’s story , Kola Tubosun’s review of Tendai Huchu’s “Intervention”  [...]

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Nnedi Okorafor’s Doodles and Secret Messages | Quirky African Authors

  Would you pay 42 dollars (shipping fees included) for a novel? What if the author doodles stunning little patterns on the cover and includes a secret message? If you’re a true fan, I bet you would. Nnedi Okorafor took to Facebook a little while back and shared pictures of doodled copies of Lagoon, her most [...]

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Americanah Movie Update: Brad Pitt’s Production Company Teams Up With Lupita Nyongo

  We are still reeling from the excitement of Lupita Nyongo optioning the rights for Chimamanda Adichie’s novel, Americanah. But that was [...]

“May Your Genitals Sprout Wings and Fly Away” — Ouch! 5 Literary Insults You Should Know

You are not yet a true literati until you know how to demean your enemies in well-crafted literary insults. What [...]

The Coolest African Writers Selfie Ever!

  This picture made us smile and hope it makes you smile too. Have a lovely weekend and don’t forget [...]

Wole Soyinka — Maya Angelou Was a Philosopher Queen | A Eulogy

Maya Angelou passed away on May 28th to the sadness of literary lovers the world over. She had a 50-year [...]

Adichie Loses Bailey’s Women’s Prize To Novelist Rejected by Publishers

Yesterday, Chimamanda Adichie lost the 30,000-dollar Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction to Eimear McBride, to a 37 year old Irish author who [...]

“Costume Jewelry Dangling” — Hooked by Akumbu Uche | A Flash Fiction

A short history of earrings, slaves and masters. Enjoy this coming of age story, all in a flash! — Editor’s [...]