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Announcing the Brittle Paper Literary Awards: The Shortlists

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August 1, 2017 was Brittle Paper‘s seventh anniversary. In celebration of this milestone, we are launching the Brittle Paper Literary Awards, to recognize the finest, original pieces of African writing published online. The awards come in five categories: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Essays/Think Pieces, and the Anniversary Award for works published on our blog. The winners in the fiction, […]

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Chimurenga’s Graphic Adaptation of African Classics is Pure Haunting Perfection

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Get ready to be blown away by the recent issue of Chimurenga Chronic. Classic African sci-fi and fantasy novels are re-imagined in the form of haunting graphic art. Conceptually, this issue explores the intersection of myth, science, and science fiction. The timeliness of this exploration needs no convincing. In the last one year, Nnedi Okorafor […]

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Reform and Revolution | Chimurenga’s Latest Issue Takes on The African University

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Chimurenga Chronic, the award-winning, edge-cutting Cape Town-based magazine is out with yet another issue, and this time its sharp lenses are focused on the incredibly complex, multi-faceted institution that is the African university. Packed full with brilliant pieces and photos, this issue explores the ambiguities and tensions involved in the university’s function as a site […]

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What If Maps Were Made By Africans For Their Own Use? | Chimurenga’s New Issue is a Must Read

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CNN calls Chimurenga Chronic “Africa’s answer to the New Yorker.” But the truth is the New Yorker has nothing on the Cape Town-based magazine. Chimurenga Chronic is edgy and experimental in a way that the New Yorker could never be. The reason for this is simple. When you set out to capture the complexities of Africa’s […]

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Schwooming UFOs — A Fela Kuti Theory of Images

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In the months leading up to his death, Fela Kuti did an interview with Keziah Jones. He said a lot of crazy things: Europe is technologically advanced because Mungo Park stole a pot containing secrets of technology from Ile Ife; the moon-landing is a hoax; UFOs fly past his window every night. He also said […]

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Chronicling the African Metropolis: Q&A with Jungle Jim—South African Pulp Fiction Zine

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 Jungle Jim is a bimonthly pulp fiction magazine based in Cape Town. In the universe of African fiction, Jungle Jim lives on the other side of that world where people like Teju Cole and Adichie write “high” literary things that are printed, promoted, and sold expensively by big publishing houses. In this must-read interview, Jenna Bass […]

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Journal of An Awkward Academic or Music in the State of War

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By Ainehi Edoro Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism Day 1 At up-scale academic conference in fancy Johannesburg Uni. Everywhere is swarming with rocks star professors and genius graduate students well on their way to becoming rocks tar professors at some future time. It’s a funny sensation feeling like a fish out of water.  Units […]

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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 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

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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 […]