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Book Feature | Stanley Gazemba’s Forbidden Fruit is a Story of Lust and Betrayal

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Stanley Gazemba’s Forbidden Fruit is finally getting the global recognition it deserves. The novel was originally published in Nairobi under the title The Stone Hills of Maragoli and won the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature. But a couple of months ago, The Mantle reissued the novel to a wider audience. The novel opens with a heart-thumping […]

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Imbolo Mbue: Brittle Paper Interview | The Ask Series: No 1

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Imbolo Mbue can still remember where she was when she picked up a call and heard a voice say to her, “Hi Imbolo, It’s Oprah.” Oprah had called to tell her that her debut novel, Behold the Dreamers (2016), had been chosen as the 2017 Oprah’s Book Club selection. In an interview with Oprah’s friend and colleague Gayle […]

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Brittle Paper Turns 7! Thank You!

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Brittle Paper is 7 years old today! Yeah, your favorite African literary site started out in 2010 as a personal blog but has since expanded into one of the most influential sites on everything African and literary. After 7 years, we are still here bringing you the best and the latest in African literature and […]

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How a Gardener Became a Novelist: The Case of Stanley Gazemba

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Vegetables are generally underrated food items. They are not as fun and flavorful as other culinary favorites like meats and grains. And we sure wouldn’t peg them for being inspirational. But not so for Kenyan writer Gazemba. In a beautiful and detailed account of his journey to becoming a debut novelist, Gazemba reveals that the […]

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Love, Africa: Do We Really Need Yet Another White-Savior Book?

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Nadifa Mohamed’s NYT review of Jeffery Gettleman’s new book Love, Africa draws attention to the centuries-long misrepresentation of Africa in certain kinds of western narratives. A memoir is an opportunity for a writer to put his or her life on trial, but few follow through and condemn themselves too. Jeffrey Gettleman, this newspaper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning East […]

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Wole Soyinka Has a Lot to Say on Biafra in His Recent Essay

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  Soyinka’s recent essay, titled “War In Nigeria: Victory Remains Elusive, 50 Years On,” contains a lot of helpful insights on the Biafra question. Nigeria’s civil war of the late 1960s was re-introduced into the global imagination with the publication Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun. Chinua Achebe’s last book before his passing also […]

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Tomi Adeyemi’s Million Dollar Book and Movie Deal | All the Scoop + Publication Date

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Harvard graduate Tomi Adeyemi reportedly scored a million-dollar book + movie deal for her young adult trilogy. Her website confirms that the movie is currently in development with Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey (Twilight, Maze Runner, The Fault In Our Stars) as producers. This trilogy is being published by Macmillan’s Children Publishing Group while the movie […]

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On Helen Oyeyemi | An Essay

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It was Helen Oyeyemi who first made me realize what I’d always found dissatisfying about short stories. A short story is not a story. A short story is an abridged novel. There is always a novel latent in every short story. And it prevents the short story from exhibiting what Oyeyemi calls “faith in storytelling.” A […]

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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.

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I Hear a Few More Things When Bob Dylan Says ‘a Hard Rain’s a-gonna Fall’ | Chisom Okafor | Poetry

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My father plays a song aloud on Sundays, that begins with ‘Where’ve you been my blue-eyed girl?’ We scream on […]

The 2017 Babishai Haiku Prize Goes to Kenya’s Kariuki wa Nyamu

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The 2017 Babishai Haiku Award has gone to Kenya’s Kariuki wa Nyamu for his three haikus: “last night’s rain,” “in the […]

Dreams, Remember Yesterday | Elizabeth Semende | Poetry

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Dreams: This hole is a grave where dreams toss and turn, Touch the wind and sway with it. See the […]

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s New Short Story Is All Love, Class and Multiculturalism

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s new short story in Harper’s Bazaar, a brief one titled “How Did You Feel About It?,” is all […]

Translating Guinea-Bissau’s First English-Language Novel | by Jethro Soutar

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In June, we brought news of the publication of the first ever novel from Guinea-Bissau to be translated into Englis.  […]

Akwaeke Emezi’s Guide to Becoming a Successful Writer in 35 Tweets

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Last week, Akwaeke Emezi put on her life coach cape and dished out truths that every writer, artist, dreamer, and […]