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The Impossibly Dapper Novelist: A Look at Alain Mabanckou’s Style File

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From Chimamanda Adichie’s widely-publicized made-in-Nigeria wardrobe to Teju Cole’s Ikire Jones scarves to Prof Ato Quayson’s fedora hats, fashion and style have become a new mode of self-expression among African literary figures. They effortlessly blend literary success and a love for style. In so doing, these writers have transformed the idea of the public intellectual into […]

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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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Adichie Talks Dior, Paris, and Her Fashion Week Experience in New Interview with Elle.com

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In October, Adichie sat front row at a Christian Dior fashion show in Paris and watched models strutting the run way dressed in t-shirts bearing the inscription, “we should all be feminists.” [read here if you missed it.] In a recent interview published on elle.com, Adichie takes us back to when Dior first invited her to […]

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Chimamanda Adichie Had a Christian Dior Moment

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Head of Dior Maria Grazia Chiuri made a bold statement at her catwalk show in the beautiful gardens of the Musée Rodin, Paris.  The models strutted down the runway to Chimamanda Adichie’s Beyonce-sampled TED talk, while rocking a staple white t-shirt with the slogan “we should all be feminists.” There is Adichie right there on […]

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Madame Death! Madame Death!

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  When Oscar Wilde said that “fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months,” he was being nice. His view might seem harsh but it is really the simple fact that fashion is less about beauty and more about novelty. The truth, though, is that fashion’s […]

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Cafe Fashionista

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    In Chicago, coffee and fashion go together. If you like spending a lot of time at the coffee shop, make sure to invest in a few cafe get ups. I tend to do my own thing, but artsy geek-chic seems to be the norm around here.  The spring is well on its way out. […]

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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 […]