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How the Huza Press Prize for Fiction is Reshaping Rwandan Literature

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It was the pressing need to reclaim our narrative, which as many of you are aware was being largely told by non-Rwandans. To date any mention of Rwanda is closely followed by the word genocide and, as vital as this is to our history, it is not our only experience. — Louise Umutoni. *** In […]

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Teju Cole, Petina Gappah, Yaa Gyasi, Helen Oyeyemi Named Finalists in PEN/America’s Literary Awards

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In December, we announced the longlists of the 2017 PEN America literary awards. The lists of finalists are now out, and thankfully, a few of our favorite authors are still in the running. Teju Cole has emerged a finalist in two different categories. He is up for both the $10,000 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art […]

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Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing Wins the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize

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Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize for the best debut novel. This is truly delightful news. Last December, she was shortlisted alongside Brit Bennett’s The Mothers, Emma Cline’s The Girls, Nicole Dennis-Benn’s Here Comes the Sun, Nathan Hill’s The Nix, and Max Porter’s Grief Is the Thing […]

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Happy Birthday Binyavanga! | Six Writers on Binyavanga as Friend, Mentor, and Teacher

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Inspired by Lara Abiona’s beautiful birthday tribute to Binyavanga Wainaina here on Brittle Paper, we asked six writers—Linda Musita, Kiprop Kimutai, Saddiq M. Dzukogi, Arinze Ifeakandu, M.V. Sematlane, Otosirieze Obi-Young—to pen thank-you notes to a man who, in being a fearless pioneer, has made considerable impact on the African literary and cultural scene. ***   […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Submit to Dwartonline’s Issue No. 3

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Dwartonline is a literary magazine managed by Wale Ayinla and Chukwuebuka Ibeh. They recently announced a call for submissions to Issue Number 3, which will be published in April. Submissions are open for poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama, art and photography. The theme for Issue Number 3 is “Uprooting,” which the editors explains as follows: We are looking for […]

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Rwanda’s Huza Press Prize for Fiction Releases Longlist

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The longlist for Rwanda’s 2016 Huza Press Prize for Fiction is out, and there are twenty writers on it. The short stories features are written in both English and French. The US$1,000 Huza Press Prize, described by James Murua as “Rwanda’s most prestigious,” is in its second year and has on its roll call of […]

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The NWA Lists Their 100 Most Influential Nigerian Writers Under 40

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The organization behind the Nigerian Writers’ Awards (NWA) has published a list of “The 100 Most Influential Nigerian Writers Under 40.” There are the expected names: Chimamanda Adichie, Chinelo Okparanta, Uzodinma Iweala, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Elnathan John, Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Rotimi Babatunde, Tolu Ogunlesi, Dike Chukwumerije, Brittle Paper editor Ainehi Edoro who was also included in […]

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Expound Magazine’s Highly-Anticipated “The Woman Issue” Is Out

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Last year, we did a feature on the ongoing beautiful work at Expound, and now, the magazine’s hotly anticipated 8th Issue, titled The Woman Issue, is out. Guest-edited by the indomitable Unoma Azuah, The Woman Issue features the work of prominent writers like Sefi Attah, Zukiswa Wanner, and Jumoke Verissimo. The issue also features the […]

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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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How the Huza Press Prize for Fiction is Reshaping Rwandan Literature

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It was the pressing need to reclaim our narrative, which as many of you are aware was being largely told […]

PHOTOS: Chibundu Onuzo Redefines the Classic Literary Book Launch Party

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A few days ago, book lovers gathered at London’s Southbank Center for the launch of Chibundu Onuzo’s second novel, Welcome […]

Teju Cole is a Finalist for PEN America’s Richest ($75,000) Prize

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Congrats to Teju Cole for being named a finalist in what might be PEN’s most prestigious prize yet. The PEN/Jean […]

Dear Genevieve, Find Your Voice | by Pa Ikhide

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How are you? What are you up to? I am going back and reading the old classics from the African […]

PHOTOS | Abantu Book Festival: A Literary Platform for Black Writers and Readers

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On December 6th, history was made in South Africa with the inauguration of the Abantu Festival. Black writers in South Africa […]

Teju Cole, Petina Gappah, Yaa Gyasi, Helen Oyeyemi Named Finalists in PEN/America’s Literary Awards

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In December, we announced the longlists of the 2017 PEN America literary awards. The lists of finalists are now out, […]