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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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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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Book Excerpt | Binti Home | by Nnedi Okoafor

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The long-awaited sequel to Binti comes out in a few weeks. Ahead of the official release, an excerpt of the story was published on io9.gizmodo.com. At the end of book one, Binti arrives at Oomza University after an unbelievably horrifying inter-galactic odyssey. Notwithstanding, she’s succeeded in establishing an alliance, perhaps, a shaky one between humans and the […]

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Teju Cole on How John Berger Changed His Life

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John Berger, the acclaimed author of Ways of Seeing died yesterday in Paris. He was 90 years old. Teju Cole was among the chorus of writers and fans who took to social media to pay tribute to the literary icon. “I miss him already,” writes Cole on Facebook, “he helped me, in ways that it […]

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Adichie, Selasi, Teju Cole, and Others Share their Favorite 2016 Books

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2016 is coming to an end and, as is their tradition, The Guardian UK has asked some of the globe’s top writers to pick their favorite books of the year. It is a rich and interesting list. Among those naming their favorites are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who picked Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s memoir Birth of  Dream Weaver, Taiye Selasi […]

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The New Yorker Profiles Kenyan Online Bookseller Magunga Williams

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A LITTLE over a week ago, The New Yorker ran a story on Magunga Williams, Kenyan bookstore owner and blogger, in their Page-Turner section. The feature, penned by Daniel A. Gross, a Boston-based writer and radio producer, focuses on Magunga’s efforts to do something that hadn’t existed before him in Kenya–create an online bookstore for […]

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How I Found My Greatness: Reflections on the 2016 Ake Arts and Book Festival | by Nnamdi Ehirim

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Abeokuta, our venue for Ake Arts and Book Festival, is a town founded by defeated warriors who had found succor from invaders beneath its rocks. Maybe that was why I felt at ease from the moment I arrived Kuto roundabout. Maybe it was the reassuring manner of the first volunteer who attended to me. She […]

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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, […]