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Keeping Up With African Writers: Aminatta Forna

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  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 […]

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

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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 […]

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

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Alain Mabanckou’s eleventh novel, Black Moses, was longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize. It was translated from French by Helen Stevenson. Described by The Guardian as “Oliver Twist in 1970s Africa,” the book was published in the UK by Serpent’s Tail and in the US by The New Press. Straddling both Francophone and Anglophone […]

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

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Enkare Review is currently open for submissions. The magazine’s Issue 1 was released in April and included an interview with The New Yorker editor David Remnick. Since its founding in August 2016, the magazine has published such notable names as Junot Diaz, Nnedi Okoroafor, Maaza Mengiste, Namwali Serpell, and Ikhide Ikheloa. Read their submission guidelines below, […]

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

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It is a Brittle Paper tradition to review the five stories shortlisted for the Caine Prize. Through this, we hope to open up conversations around the stories, to find out what is interesting or innovative about them. Following our first, second and third reviews, we bring you our fourth #CainePrize2017 story review: Magogodi Makhene’s “The Virus.” Magogodi oaMphela […]

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Bessie Head’s Gesture of Madness | By Hugo kaCanham | Essay

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Brittle Paper recently published a feature on Bessie Head’s 1991 collection of letters, A Gesture of Belonging. In that essay, Ainehi Edoro took me back to two years ago when Bessie’s letters were the centre of my life. Her story reads like that of my grandmother, my mother and many black women that I know. Her […]

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Adichie Receives Mary McCarthy Award for Her “Charismatic Presence”

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Chimamanda Adichie has been honoured with Bard College’s Mary McCarthy Award, not only for her “astonishing novels” and “formative nonfiction” but also for her “charismatic public presence.” Here is a photo of her letter. The Mary McCarthy Award is remarkable for its focus on not only the recipient’s work but also on their brand. Which […]

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Happy Birthday, Petina Gappah! | Brilliant Zimbabwean Novelist Celebrates with a Special Gift

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The brilliant Zimbabwean novelist Petina Gappah, who is Brittle Paper‘s 2016 Literary Person of the Year, had her birthday on 15 June. But rather than wait for our gifts, she decided to surprise us with a big one. Here is her post on Facebook. Petina Gappah’s next book is ready! As I write this, the book […]

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

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Our #TBT feature this week is Chimamanda Adichie’s Wellesley speech. Two years ago, Adichie gave the commencement speech at Wellesley […]

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

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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 […]

Keeping Up With African Writers: Aminatta Forna

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  Among writers of her generation, Aminatta Forna belongs in the higher ranks of critical acclaim. With her work translated […]

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

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Maaza Mengiste might have just one novel published so far, in 2010, but she is one of the most visible […]

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

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The city of Columbia, Maryland—a city located midway between Washington D.C. and Baltimore—hosted its first literary festival ‘Books in Bloom’ […]

Leila Aboulela Headlines 2017 Kaduna Book and Arts Festival

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Hold on, Ake Festival. KABAFEST is here! Yes, we are delighted to announce the inaugural edition of the Kaduna Book […]