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What Is Literary Androgyny? Diriye Osman Tells Us

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Describing himself as “first Somali, second Muslim, third gay,” the enchanting Diriye Osman is arguably the most fascinating writer on the African scene—he owns his identity, speaks his truth. A frank champion of other people’s work, his debut short story collection, Fairytales for Lost Children (2013), was awarded the 2014 Polari First Book Prize. His […]

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50 Years Later, the Swedish Academy Unveils the 70 Nominees for the 1967 Nobel Prize in Literature

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As is their tradition, the Swedish Academy, custodians and givers of the Nobel Prize in Literature, have, 50 years after it was awarded to Guatemalan writer-diplomat Miguel Ángel Asturias, unveiled their list of nominations for the year 1967. The nominees are kept secret until the 50th year after each award. The 70-name list, writes M. […]

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The Johannesburg Review of Books Vol. 1, Issue 8 | Featuring Soyinka, J.M. Coetzee, Yewande Omotoso, Nthikeng Mohlele, Niq Mhlongo, Bongani Madondo

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The 8th issue of The Johannesburg Review of Books was released last December. The issue, which is from the magazine’s first volume, features short fiction, poetry, an interview, a comment, a letter, an essay, and photography. Among its fiction contributors are 2007 Caine Prize winner Henrietta Rose-Innes, Yewande Omotoso, SJ Naude, Perfect Hlongwane, Gloria Mwaniga […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for Africa Book Club’s Short Story Competition

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The Africa Book Club Short Reads Competition is open to submissions. African writers can enter fiction or nonfiction pieces of not more than 3,500 words for a chance to win monetary prizes—$250 for 1st Prize, $150 for 2nd Prize, and $100 for 3rd Prize. The contest is also open to non-Africans, provided their submissions are set in […]

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Keorapetse “Bra Willie” Kgositsile: South Africa Begins 3-Day “Special Official Funeral” for Late National Poet Laureate

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To honour the country’s late National Poet Laureate, Keorapetse “Bra Willie” Kgositsile, the government of South Africa has commenced a three-day “special official funeral.” The memorial began on 11 January and continued on 12 January, to end on 16 January. Kgositsile passed away on 3 January in Johannesburg, aged 79. President Jacob Zuma ordered that the […]

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See the Gorgeous Cover for LGBTQI Art Collective 14’s Volume 2, Featuring Snippets from Taiye Selasi and Gbenga Adesina

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The Nigerian queer art collective 14, which is set to release its second volume this week, has shared its cover, featuring snippets from Taiye Selasi and 2016 Brunel Prize winner Gbenga Adesina. The cover image is by the South African photographer Mal Muga, with the design by the Nigeria visual artist Osinachi, whose work we’ve […]

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Akwaeke Emezi Photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue Magazine

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Akwaeke Emezi’s 2018 is off to a glamorous start. Yesterday she and her sister Yagazi Emezi were profiled in vogue.com. Vogue Magazine listed the sisters in an article celebrating families doing visionary work in various industries. The Emezi sisters are featured alongside Hollywood star Olivia Wilde and her sister Barbara Burchfield, in addition to Ilhan […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Submit to Granta’s #MeToo Inspired Issue on Gender and Patriarchy

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As a response to the #MeToo movement, Granta, one of the world’s most celebrated literary journals, is seeking submissions to its Summer 2018 issue on gender and patriarchy. Read the call for submission below from Granta Editor Sigrid Rausing. It contains all the details you need to send in your work. Good luck! *** Dear […]

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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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“A Mission to Reshape Our History” | Read Niq Mhlongo’s Inspirational BRICS 2017 Literary Forum Keynote Speech

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A keynote speech delivered by the South African novelist Niq Mhlongo—author of Dog Eat Dog (2004), After Tears (2007), Way Back Home (2013), and Affluenza (2016)—at […]

Margaret Busby-Edited Anthology to Feature 200 Female Writers Including Adichie, Aminatta Forna, Bernadine Evaristo, Imbolo Mbue, Warsan Shire, Zadie Smith

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Britain’s first black female publisher Margaret Busby will edit a new anthology that would feature 200 female African writers across […]

Event: Brunel Prize Winner Gbenga Adesina in Conversation with Pulitzer Prize Winner Tyehimba Jess

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Gbenga Adesina, winner of the 2016 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, will be in conversation with Tyehimba Jess, Professor of English […]

South African Creatives Are Redefining Children’s Book Publishing

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A South African publishing initiative is revolutionizing the country’s reading culture by taking an innovative approach to children’s books publishing. […]

Naming as Righting and Regulating: Recent Work on Gender and Sexuality in Africa | Jesse Weaver Shipley and Chika Unigwe

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This paper is a reflection on the proceedings from the “Gender and Sexuality in Africa: Transdisciplinary Conversation” symposium, which was […]

An African in London and Other Reflections on African Literatures | Richard Oduor Oduku

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Richard Oduor Oduku, Jalada Africa co-founder and Brittle Paper Award for Essays finalist, writes about his visit to London, in […]

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