Archive | News RSS feed for this section

The 2017 Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award Longlist

sol plaatje award

The Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Award, a South African prize, has announced its 2017 longlist, and it comprises 63 poets. The award is an initiative of The Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) and the longlisted poets will be published in the 7th annual Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology. It received entries “in a range of South […]

Read More 2 Comments

The 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival Is Almost Here

Untitled designy

The 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival is here. Founded in 2013 by Lola Shoneyin, Orange Prize-longlisted author of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives and director of Book Buzz Foundation, the Ake Arts and Book Festival is, quite simply, the biggest annual gathering of African literary writers, founders, editors, critics, readers, everybody on […]

Read More 6 Comments

14: Statement from the Nigerian LGBTQ Literary Collective

Back in January, we published We Are Flowers, the debut anthology of writing and visual art by the Nigerian LGBTQ literary collective, 14, which took its name from the 14-year jail term prescribed by the country’s anti-gay law. The project was met with astounding reception. An essay from the anthology was shortlisted for the Brittle […]

Read More 0 Comments

Jennifer Makumbi Talks Homosexuality, Idi Amin and Islam in Uganda, and Why Feminism Is Still Incomplete

Kintu-event-image

Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi recently had a banging interview with The Los Angeles Review of Books. Her novel Kintu, which won the Kwani? Manuscript Project Award in 2014 and was longlisted for the 2016 Etisalat Prize, has drawn praise. Publishers Weekly called it “A masterpiece of cultural memory…elegantly poised on the crossroads of tradition and modernity.” Library Journal describes it as “Reminiscent […]

Read More 0 Comments

Wole Talabi’s Compilation of 654 Works of African Speculative Fiction Should Top Your Reading List

Image by Stephen Embleton

The announcement of the inaugural Nommo Awards shortlists, an initiative of the African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) to honour works of speculative fiction, was received with excitement. It shed light on an often overlooked genre that is now on its way to irreducible relevance. But here is something even more revelatory: Wole Talabi, a member […]

Read More 1 Comment

The Short Story Is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Announces Longlist

AFRICAN FLAVOUR BOOKS

The longlist for The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! has been announced. The prize is organised by Black Letter Media, a full service print and digital publishing and bookselling company with “focus on publishing new storytellers who have a unique, powerful and alternative vision of Africa.” The winning short story will […]

Read More 0 Comments

Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

  The 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize is open for entries. An initiative of Commonwealth Writers, the Commonwealth Short Story Prize is “for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000 – 5,000 words) in English.” Stories translated into English are eligible. Regional winners will receive £2,500 while the overall winner receives £5,000. The five winning stories […]

Read More 0 Comments

Event: Aminatta Forna and Salman Rushdie in Conversation

aminatta 5

Aminatta Forna will be in conversation with the Booker Prize winner, Salman Rushdie, to discuss his latest novel, The Golden House. The event is organised by Politics and Prose bookstore in partnership with Sixth and I. The Sierra Leonean-Scottish Forna is the author of the Samuel Johnson Prize-shortlisted memoir, The Devil That Danced on Water […]

Read More 0 Comments

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.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Archives

Lesley Nneka Arimah Picked for the US National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” List

Lesley Nneka Arimah has been picked for the US National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” list of 2017, on the […]

The Photographer as an Osprey | John “Lighthouse” Oyewale | Essay

On 30 June, we published Work Naija: The Book of Vocations, an anthology of writing and visual art that explores the […]

Zukiswa Wanner Calls Out Misogyny in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe, Takes on Politicians and the Media

Zukiswa Wanner has called out misogyny in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe, taking on politicians and the media in the […]

Dinaw Mengestu and Nadifa Mohamed Have New Work in Freeman’s Magazine

Nadifa Mohamed

Dinaw Mengestu and Nadifa Mohammed both have new fiction forthcoming in the new fourth issue of Freeman’s magazine. Titled “The Future […]

The Brittle Paper Literary Awards: New Date for the Announcement of Winners

The announcement of the winners of the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards was scheduled for 23 September 2017. However, a change […]

The Reviews Are In! | Namwali Serpell Has High Praise for Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

Screen-Shot-2017-09-20-at-4.57.42-PM-e1505944728679 copy

Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu is one of the hit novels of 2017. A historical drama, it tells the story of an 18th […]