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Teju Cole’s Blind Spot Features an Unusual Blend of Text and Images

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Teju Cole, that master of all intellectual trades, has a new book out. An unusual book. Even though Cole has had a successful career as a photographer, he is most widely known for his literary works. But with this new book, these two somewhat warring vocations unite in a visual art project that The Guardian is […]

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Imbolo Mbue: Brittle Paper Interview | The Ask Series: No 1

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Imbolo Mbue can still remember where she was when she picked up a call and heard a voice say to her, “Hi Imbolo, It’s Oprah.” Oprah had called to tell her that her debut novel, Behold the Dreamers (2016), had been chosen as the 2017 Oprah’s Book Club selection. In an interview with Oprah’s friend and colleague Gayle […]

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EVENT: Brittle Paper Editor Ainehi Edoro Presents Lecture on African Literature in Oslo | May 24

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What if African writers are read independent of their origin? What if they are read as though with a different identity? What if Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is read not as the story of an Igbo man in a society succumbing to colonialism but as that of a Frenchman adjusting to German occupation in […]

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Chimamanda Adichie’s Best Looks from the Dear Ijeawele Book Tour

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Over the last two months, Chimamanda Adichie has been on the road publicizing her new book Dear Ijeawele. She’s spoken at Johns Hopkins University, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, the Women in the World Summit, George Town University and a host of international venues. Earlier this week she appeared on CNN as a […]

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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 young writers for advice or successful tips on writing. I used to find this hilarious given that I have never ever bothered to publish a book and it is my desire to die without having […]

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2017 Caine Prize Updates | 148 Stories Submitted from 22 Countries

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2017 marks the 18th edition of the Caine Prize for African Writing. With entries closing on January 31st, the race to winning one of Africa’s most prestigious literary prizes is officially on. We know you guys are itching for information about this years edition of the prize. We were recently notified of a few updates […]

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Dear Genevieve | Africa Reads and Writes! (pt. 8) | by Pa Ikhide

I am in my sunroom looking out the window, wishing I could travel. I would love to just go away from America for a bit. I really don’t care where I go. Nigeria would be great. I miss my mother, Izuma. She has all these wondrous stories, and I am thinking it would be great […]

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Dear Genevieve | African Literature Needs Innovation and Funding (pt. 7) | by Pa Ikhide

Listen to me rant. Just listen. One wonders: What is being taught in Nigerian universities in the name of contemporary literature these days? One gets the unfortunate impression that many of the professors have only read Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka and Chimamanda Adichie. The greatest tragedy of modern literature is that those who are invested […]

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

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

New Website Collects Everything Binyavanga Wainaina Has Written Since the Late 1990s

A new Website has collected everything published by Binyavanga Wainaina since his writing career began in the late 1990s. The […]

Opportunity for All Writers | Submit to Vanguard Literary Services’ HIV/AIDS Awareness Anthology

To mark the 2017 World HIV/AIDS Day on December 1, Vanguard Literary Services, a bookselling company in Nigeria, has called […]

The Graywolf Press Africa Prize Launches with Igoni A. Barrett as Judge

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A new award just dropped: the Graywolf Press Africa Prize, for “a first novel manuscript by an African author primarily residing […]

Nnedi Okorafor Celebrates Everyday African Life in New Superhero Comic

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A little over two years ago, South African Sci-fi writer Lauren Beukes collaborated with D. C. Comics on a Wonder […]

Redemption | Andrew Aondosoo Labe | Poetry

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A Pastor says the devil landed here in ‘77. His broken legs can be seen in the twin-rivers. Three-eyed demons […]