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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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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 […]