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Babishai Poetry Festival 2017 | Interview with Mugabi Byenkya, Author of Dear Philomena

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As part of the countdown to the 2017 Babishai Poetry Festival in Uganda, the organisers are conducting a series of interviews on their guests and on writers whose works have made a landmark. The festival will be held on 4-6 August 2017. Here, one of the guests, Mugabi Byenkya, author of Dear Philomena, discusses how he became […]

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#CainePrize2017 | On Fragility and the Dynamics of Gay Love in Fiction | Interview with Arinze Ifeakandu | By Ebenezer Agu

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Arinze Ifeakandu is the first writer published by Brittle Paper before his shortlisting to be recognized by the Caine Prize. We published his nonfiction, “New City,” an exploration of the city of Kano, and his memoir, “What It Means to Feel Adrift,” a meditation on, well, what it means to feel adrift. We further published his interview with […]

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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 writing, she curates an interview session between her class and South African novelist Masande Ntshanga. Ntshanga is the author of the critically acclaimed 2014 novel The Reactive. The novel explores drug abuse and HIV in a […]

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These Books Made Teju Cole Laugh, Cry, and Furious

What was the last book to make you laugh? Rob Delaney’s “Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.” The last book that made you cry? There’s a passage late in Amitava Kumar’s “A Matter of Rats” that took me by surprise. The last book that made you furious? “Dirty Wars,” by […]

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Chris Abani Responds to 4 Unusual Questions About Writing

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Chris Abani, the Nigerian novelist who brought us Graceland, has published a new novel. The Secret History of Las Vegas was officially released last week. My review copy  of the crime thriller arrived two days ago. Once I’m done writing the review for Okey Ndibe’s Foreign Gods Inc, I’ll dig in and then tell you […]

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Gordimer Is Asked Whether She Smokes Marijuana While Writing…And Other Weird Questions

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Nadine Gordimer is asked all these “silly” questions that journalists would typically never ask an author. Her answers are funny but revealing. It’s a UK Guardian interview done during the 2010 Hay Festival. Amazing!     What is the most important lack in your life? I’ve lived that life in Africa without learning an African […]

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AFRICANS ON WRITING: Igoni Barret on How to Write the Tech-Conscious Story

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Adam Segal: In many of your stories, you handle technology with a real elegance. “Dream Chaser” and “Trophy” confront tech head-on: Internet cafes, incomprehensible tech jargon, a cell phone that won’t stop ringing. Elsewhere we have a Facebook friend rendezvous and a character downloading pop hits straight to his phone. And yet it never distracts…Do […]

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Brittle Paper Interviews Caine Prize Shortlistee Tope Folarin

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[M]y piece was partly inspired by Plato’s Allegory of The Cave Tope Folarin’s story “Miracle” published in Transition is on the shortlist of the Caine Prize for African Fiction. I caught up with Folarin via email and asked him a set of questions about himself and his work. His responses are illuminating and fun to […]

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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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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 […]

EVENT: Binyavanga Wainaina to Speak at University of the Witwatersrand

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Binyavanga Wainaina will be speaking at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He will be in conversation with the researcher […]

On Cultural Constraints on Human Rights | Interview with Farah Ahamed, Winner of the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award

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Days ago, we announced that Africa in Dialogue has published an e-book of interviews with the twelve writers and photographers […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for This £30,000 Short Story Award

Submissions have begun for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award. Founded in 2010 and run by The Society of […]

On Helen Oyeyemi | An Essay

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It was Helen Oyeyemi who first made me realize what I’d always found dissatisfying about short stories. A short story […]