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Imbolo Mbue’s Behold The Dreamers Picked for Oprah’s Book Club

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Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers has been selected by Oprah Winfrey for her Book Club. The media mogul revealed this two days ago, describing the book as a “breathless journey.” “It’s everything our culture is grappling with right now, at least many of the things about race and class, about the economy, immigration, the dangers […]

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Here’s How to Attend Imbolo Mbue’s PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony on May 6 in Washington DC

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Earlier this month, Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers won her the 2017 PEN/Faulkner Award, making her the first African author to do this. Imbolo Mbue will be honoured on May 6 at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington. The $15,000 award, given by the PEN/Faulkner Foundation, prides itself as “America’s largest peer-juried prize for fiction.” The Cameroonian’s debut novel beat […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Calling All Cameroonian Writers to Enter Short Story Competition

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Bakwa Magazine, a Cameroon-based literary magazine, is inviting writers of Cameroonian descent to participate in a short story competition. Deadline is July 31, so begin drafting your stories now! See below for more details about the prize. Send all enquiries to bakwaeditor@gmail.com. Click here to learn more about Bawka Magazine.  [Please Note: Brittle Paper is not responsible for […]

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Blessed by a Witch | by Dorothy Diamond | An African Story

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Leila loved going to the botanical gardens and spending some quiet time alone, with her bible in hand. It was part of her routine after Sunday service—to avoid a heated lunch conversation with her mother in law, who had taken over the meals at the table after church. Leila had no place at all, no […]

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Wall Street Journal Unveils the Face Behind Africa’s Most Anticipated Novel

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Imbolo Mbue burst into the limelight late last year after signing a million dollar deal with Random House for her debut manuscript. The novel titled Behold the Dreamers follows the travails of a Cameroonian immigrant and a Lehman Brothers executive during the 2008 financial crisis. One million dollar advance? It’s a first for an African […]

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Imbolo Mbue, Cameroon’s Million-Dollar Novelist, Publishes First Story

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Two months ago, I broke the news to you that a Cameroonian author sold her debut novel, titled The Longings of Jende Jonga, to Random House for a million dollars.  Amidst the excitement that Mbue’s million-dollar advance caused in the African literary community, there was much wonder about who this breakout novelist was. It turns out that […]

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Meet Ngasa Wise, the Writer-Activist-Social-Entrepreneur! | Interviewed by Sydney Mugerwa

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As an activist and social entrepreneur, Wise Ngasa Nzikie writes against exploitation. He writes to provoke, to annoy, to insult, to change. His story Devils was shortlisted  for the 2014 Writivism Short Story Prize and won third place, as the most voted for by readers, announced during the 2014 Writivism Festival held in Kampala. He […]

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The Longest and Most Ridiculous Sex Scene in an African Novel

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Mongo Beti, God bless his soul, is that amazing writer that no one reads. Sad because he writes the most off-the-wall, entertaining stories. Take today’s feature for example—a 1956 novel titled The Poor Christ of Bomba set in 1930s southern Cameroon. It’s the strange story about how 200 girls in a Christian missionary boarding house contracted […]

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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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Tomi Adeyemi’s Million Dollar Book and Movie Deal | All the Scoop + Publication Date

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Harvard graduate Tomi Adeyemi reportedly scored a million-dollar book + movie deal for her young adult trilogy. Her website confirms […]

The 2017 Babishai Haiku Award Shortlist

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Seventeen poets have been named on the 2017 Babishai Haiku Award shortlist. The award is an initiative of the Babishai-Niwe Poetry […]

The 2017 NLNG Prize for Literature Longlist

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The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Prize has announced its 2017 longlist of eleven poets, and it includes such well […]

Nnedi Okorafor, Bibi Bakare-Yusuf Among TED Global 2017 Speakers

Nnedi Okorafor and Cassava Republic co-founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf are among the speakers for the TED Global 2017 in Arusha, Tanzania. […]

Homecoming | By Dami Lare | A Mosaic of Torn Places

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In May, we published A Mosaic of Torn Places, an anthology of stories by young Nigerian writers. Dami Lare’s “Homecoming” […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for the 2018 Costa Short Story Award

The 2018 Costa Short Story Award is open for submissions. Founded in 2012 and funded by Costa Coffee, the £3,500 award […]