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Here is Why Taiye Selasi Loves Akwaeke Emezi’s Forthcoming Novel Freshwater

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Akwaeke Emezi came on Instagram a few days ago overwhelmed with excitement: “couldn’t be more thrilled…its such a gift to know that people actually see my work.” If you’re wondering, she is referring to Taiye Selasi’s comments about her forthcoming novel Freshwater. Well, she is not the only one thrilled by Selasi’s comments. We also are. […]

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Easter Reading Gift: Granta Just Unlocked Taiye Selasi’s Classic 2011 Short Story “The Sex Lives of African Girls”

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Before her acclaimed debut novel Ghana Must Go dropped in 2013, we first had a taste of Taiye Selasi’s fiction in 2011, in a short story published in Granta‘s Summer 2011 The F Word issue, a breathlessly musical thing titled “The Sex Lives of African Girls.” Told in the second person, and centered around a young girl’s observation […]

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African Literary Digest: The 31 Best Pieces of 2016

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The year 2016 has been fertile for writing in general, and for creative non-fiction in particular. On the African literary scene, the most remarkable talking points would be the upsurge of new talent (see the shortlists of the Miles Morland Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award) and new outlets for those voices (see our feature […]

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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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African Literature on Instagram Vol. 3 | Taiye Selasi: The Jet-setting Literary Diva

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It’s yet another edition of the “African Literature on Instagram” series, and we can’t wait to take you into the magical world of Taiye Selasi, the author of Ghana Must Go. [Check out African Literature on Instagram Vol 1 and Vol 2] Today, African literary figures are not satisfied with just being writers. They tend to […]

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Africa’s Rising Literary Stars | Meet Akwaeke Emezi

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The literary hustle is tough. That’s why we have nothing but mad love and respect for our African writers, both aspiring and established, who inspire us daily with their work and their passion for documenting our stories.  To show these writers some good ‘ole Brittle Paper love, we are launching a new series to celebrate their successes.  […]

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Photo of the Week | #AfricanLiterature

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I write essays to clear my mind. I write fiction to open my heart. — Taiye Selasi, author of Ghana Must Go   Taiye Selais shared this photo on Instagram a few days ago with the caption “Life On the Road.” Have a lovely weekend and stay inspired! ************* Image from author’s Instagram page: @ghanamustgo  

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The Poetry of Hair! | Taiye Selasi Partners with Dove Hair in #LoveYourCurls Campaign

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Taiye Selasi is known for her cascading shock of black, kinky curls. But being on #teamnatural is not just a styling choice for Ghana’s best selling novelist. It is a message worth spreading. Selasi who has embraced her natural curls ever since her college days wears the hat of a poet in Dove’s Love Your Curl […]

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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 […]