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Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Wins the 2017 “One Maryland, One Book” Initiative

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Chimamanda Adichie’s first novel Purple Hibiscus (2003) has won the 2017 “One Maryland, One Book” initiative. This is Adichie’s second win in a US statewide reading program, coming weeks after her third novel Americanah won the “One Book, One New York” initiative. The “One Maryland, One Book” initiative, organised for the State of Maryland in the […]

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#TBT to Chimamanda Adichie’s First Ever Book Event in Lagos

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The last two decades of African writing have been exciting. So much of the little moments that led to the success of African literature in today’s very competitive literary scene still need to be told. That’s why we really appreciate Cassava Republic taking us way back—13 years ago—to Adichie’s first ever book event in Lagos. […]

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My African Book Diary | Valentine’s Day Flowers Inspired By African Novels

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This past weekend was spent getting my hair done. Right now, I have on some jumbo Senegalese twists. I’m loving my hair and feeling very ready for Valentine’s Day. Speaking of Val Day, I’ve been thinking about love tokens inspired by African literature 🙂 What came to mind was a bouquet of flowers consisting of flowers featured in […]

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Price Alert! Buy African Novels At Scandalously Low Price — Adichie, Beukes, Okorafor, and More

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Being on a budget is no excuse for not satisfying your cravings for African novels. I took a quick look through amazon and found these great titles for cheap. Some are as low as $1.99. There’re kindle editions though. Look through. See what you like, download, and start reading. If you don’t have Kindle, it’s […]

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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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Sarah Waiswa and Farah Ahamed Named Co-winners of the 2017 Gerald Kraak Award

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The Ugandan-born Kenya-based photographer Sarah Waiswa and the Kenyan writer Farah Ahamed have been named co-winners of the inaugural Gerald […]

When We Talk about Kintu | By Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

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When Kwani? launched its Manuscript Project competition in 2012 the stated aim was to find the best unpublished novels by […]

“The Great Ugandan Novel” | Aaron Bady Hails Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Since its 2014 publication, Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu has raced its way to hit status. Divided into six parts, the novel “reimagines […]

Judges Unveiled for the Black Letter Media Short Story Competition

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Black Letter Media has released the three-person list of judges for the 2017 edition of its short story competition. The judges […]

A Mosaic of Torn Places | Read the New Diverse Anthology of Young Nigerian Writers

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A Mosaic of Torn Places, the latest anthology of young writers out of Nigeria, collects ten stories of poignant diversity. […]

A Narrative of Home and Longing | Review of Inua Ellams’ #Afterhours | By Billie McTernan

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In his new anthology-cum-diary-cum-memoir, #Afterhours, Nigerian poet Inua Ellams features a collection of poems written in-response to a well-considered selection […]