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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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The Irreverent Critic: Interview with Ikhide Ikheloa

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It is inappropriate to judge African writing with the poverty porn that is hawked for profit by writers like Uwem Akpan and Chris Abani. — Ikhide Ikheloa Two weeks ago, I emailed Nigerian literary critic, Ikhide Ikheloa, a list of questions that covered everything from African publishing to sex in African novels. Read and enjoy his deeply reflective […]

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Has J. K. Rowlings Read Fifty Shades of Grey? | VIDEO

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In a recent exclusive interview, J. K. Rowling tells UK Guardian’s Decca Aitkenhead that she’s never and will never read Fifty Shades of Grey. Surprised? Click HERE to watch the video and see the blonde billionaire novelist answer questions about everything from disguising herself to go wedding-gown shopping to meeting President Obama and being starstruck. […]

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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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As Sales Approach the Million Mark, Is Americanah Now Adichie’s Signature Novel?

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A few days ago, Adichie’s third novel Americanah won New York City’s “One Book, One New York” initiative, which is […]

On Cultural Intersectionality and Familial Love | Interview with Angela Ajayi, Winner of the 2017 PEN/ Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize

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Two weeks ago, we announced that Angela Ajayi was one of the twelve writers who won the 2017 PEN/ Robert J. Dau […]

Read Kwame Dawes’ 13-Point Twitter “Memo to Poets”

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In the space of one month and one week, from February 6 to March 13, Emmy Award-winner and Prairie Schooner […]

Transition Magazine’s Latest Issue 122 Is a “White A$$holes” Response to Trump

Transition magazine has released its hotly awaited Issue 122 and it’s a confrontation with US president Donald Trump. Titled White […]

“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 […]

Dear Genevieve | Twelve Steps to Becoming a Writer (pt. 10) | by Pa Ikhide

These are really interesting times we live in. As a voracious reader who writes occasionally, I am often asked by […]