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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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Ake Festival 2016 | Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s Writing Workshop | by Nmadiuto Uche

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Sarah Ladipo Manyika’s novella Like a Mule Bringing Ice-Cream to the Sun is character driven. When the group of 25 participants at the 2016 Ake Fiction Workshop sat around Sarah on Tuesday afternoon for a lesson in using performance to explore a character’s voice, they did not expect the exercise she had in store for them. “Switch […]

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Teju Cole’s New Book Blind Spot is a “Multi-media Diary”

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Dear Teju Cole fans hoping that his next book would be fiction, you’ll have to wait a little while longer. The author announced on Facebook that he has a new book coming out, and it is not fiction. Well, it’s the next best thing. A picture book! The book is titled Blind Spot and set for a […]

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New Anthology Marks Nigeria’s 56th Independence Anniversary | Read Enter Naija: The Book of Places

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A group of writers are celebrating Nigeria’s independence day in the best way possible. They’ve put together an anthology titled Enter Naija: The Book of Places. It is a powerful literary project that reflects on the idea of Nigeria in terms of space and place. The collection of stories, poetry, non-fiction pieces, and photography focus on a specific […]

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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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As Sales Approach the Million Mark, Is Americanah Now Adichie’s Signature Novel?

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A few days ago, Adichie’s third novel Americanah won New York City’s “One Book, One New York” initiative, which is […]

On Cultural Intersectionality and Familial Love | Interview with Angela Ajayi, Winner of the 2017 PEN/ Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize

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Two weeks ago, we announced that Angela Ajayi was one of the twelve writers who won the 2017 PEN/ Robert J. Dau […]

Read Kwame Dawes’ 13-Point Twitter “Memo to Poets”

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In the space of one month and one week, from February 6 to March 13, Emmy Award-winner and Prairie Schooner […]

Transition Magazine’s Latest Issue 122 Is a “White A$$holes” Response to Trump

Transition magazine has released its hotly awaited Issue 122 and it’s a confrontation with US president Donald Trump. Titled White […]

“Writing Africa Now” | A Johns Hopkins University Literature Class Interviews Masande Ntshanga

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Dr. Jeanne-Marie Jackson is a literature Professor at Johns Hopkins. In one of her literature courses dedicated to contemporary African […]

Dear Genevieve | Twelve Steps to Becoming a Writer (pt. 10) | by Pa Ikhide

These are really interesting times we live in. As a voracious reader who writes occasionally, I am often asked by […]