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Ngugi Boycotts Swedish Book Fair Due to Presence of Extremist Newspaper

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Ngugi has boycotted the Gothenburg Book Fair in Sweden on the basis of the invitation also extended to an extremist newspaper, Nya Tider. Being right-wing extremists, Nya Tider‘s editorial policies have seen a sequence of racist and xenophobic articles published, and the response of most of the attendees—more than 200 writers—has been boycott. The Guardian reports that […]

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Read Namwali Serpell’s Introduction to the New Edition of Ngugi’s Devil on the Cross

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Thirty-seven years after it was first published, Ngugi’s Devil on the Cross has a new edition from Penguin Classics, with an introduction by the 2015 Caine Prize winner Namwali Serpell. Part of this introduction, titled “Kenya in Another Tongue,” is published in The New York Review of Books and traces both Ngugi’s political awareness and […]

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Ngugi wa Thiongo Says Nobel Prize “Would Be Validating But Not Essential”

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Each year, Ngugi wa Thiongo’s readers and fans await the announcement of the Nobel Prize for Literature with bated breath— hoping that their beloved literary icon would snag the coveted award. Even though each passing year indicates that the Nobel Prize committee is moving further and further away from big-name literary figures, his fans remain […]

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Adichie, Selasi, Teju Cole, and Others Share their Favorite 2016 Books

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2016 is coming to an end and, as is their tradition, The Guardian UK has asked some of the globe’s top writers to pick their favorite books of the year. It is a rich and interesting list. Among those naming their favorites are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who picked Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s memoir Birth of  Dream Weaver, Taiye Selasi […]

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Confirmed! | Teju Cole’s New Book Set for 2016 Release

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According to Entertainment Weekly, the wait for Teju Cole’s new book is almost over. A collection of essays titled Known and Strange Things hits the stands in 2016. If you were wondering, Cole is staying with his old publishers, Random House, for this new publication. Open City, which came out in 2012, is his last […]

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Ghost of Ancestors Past: An Imaginary Conversation Between Adichie and Fagunwa

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It was raining the afternoon Chimamanda had the extraordinary experience of meeting a Nigerian novelist long dead.  She had just found a place to hide from the rain and was frantically searching her handbag for her phone so she could check for new posts on Bellanaija.  Just then she felt a tap on her shoulder, […]

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Video | “Adichie’s Metaphysical Empire”? Ngugi Interviewed on BBC’s Hardtalk

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To write or not to in an African language. 40 years later, that is the question still bugging Ngugi wa Thiongo. In this video, he speaks on the place of language and translation in contemporary African fiction while being interviewed by  Gavin Esler of Hardtalk Extra, the art-centered version of the popular BBC talk show […]

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EVENT: Ngugi wa Thiong’o Headlining Royal African Society’s Africa Writes

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In anticipation of Kenya’s 50th anniversary of independence, the Royal African Society and the British Library are teeming up to host an East Africa flavored Africa Writes. Ngugi Wa Thiong’o is headlining the literary festival alongside a line up of novelists from the East Africa region. There’ll be panel discussions, book launches, poetry and musical performances and […]

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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 […]