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Alain Mabanckou’s 11th Novel Longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize

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Star-writer Alain Mabanckou’s eleventh novel, Black Moses, has been longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize. Mabanckou has been described by The Guardian UK as “Africa’s Samuel Beckett…one of the continent’s greatest living writers.” This nomination is the second for the Congolese novelist who was also shortlisted in 2015. At the time, the prize was awarded in celebration […]

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Interview | Alain Mabanckou Talks Tutuola, Exile, and His Love of Fashion

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  When writer, Alain Mabanckou, mentioned that he had been exiled from his home country of Congo Brazzaville during a panel discussion at the recently concluded Ake Festival, I knew we needed to have a conversation about this. Spotting a print shirt, blue jeans, and brown fedora, it would have been hard to guess this […]

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The Magic of Childhood Captured in Six African Novels

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Childhood is a stage in life that captivates us all, in part, because it is so elusive. Once we come of age, the experience of being a child—the innocence, bewilderment, and vulnerabilities—are immediately lost to an irrecoverable past. That’s why stories about children trying to make sense of a perplexing world have always been so powerful. […]

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4 Times an African Writer Rewrote a Western Classic and Nailed It

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  Here are four instances when an African writer reproduced or drew inspiration from a western classic and ended up giving the original a much needed makeover. *** Our Sister Killjoy  (1977, Ghana) Heart of Darkness tells the story of a British sailor who travels the river Congo in search of a lost explorer. The […]

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Keeping Up With The Professor | Alain Mabanckou’s Blue Suit is Everything!

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Remember when we announced Alain Mabanckou’s appointment at College de France? [click here if you missed it.] We have since caught up with him, and from all indications, the Congolese novelist is enjoying his time in Paris where he is serving as the 2015-2016 artistic director at the College de France. Earlier in the month, he […]

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Alain Mabanckou Takes African Literature to 400 year Old French University

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Congolese novelist Alain Mabanckou is the master humorist of contemporary African fiction. Within the English speaking parts of Africa and the world, Mabanckou is the most well-known African novelist writing in French. He is the author of contemporary classics such as Broken Glass and African Psycho. He recently secured an appointment as a visiting professor in one […]

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Photo of the day | #AfricanLiterature

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Aminatta Forna posted this photo of herself and Alain Mabanckou smiling away into the camera at the International Booker Prize ceremony. The Congolese novelist, looking dapper in a hat and a spot coat, was one of the nominees. Forna, known for her novels, The Memory of Love and The Hired Man, is lovely in a black dress. […]

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Writerly Love: Photos of African Writers Hanging Out

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I was looking through Taiye Selasi’s Twitter photos and found this one of her and Teju Cole. I couldn’t find out anything about where the picture was taken. The accompanying tweet simply says: “The incomparable Mister Cole.” It’s a lovely picture. Selasi’s smile has a touch of giddiness that a sister might have at meeting […]

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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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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 […]

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“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 […]