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Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: Naivo’s Beyond the Rice Fields. Malagasy literature will now be receiving the second such novel in Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island, forthcoming on 5 November 2019, from Amazon Crossing. The book, originally written […]

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Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the pumpkins bob and the lake flies drop. my father’s widows, long-necked from greening free markets, rounding the stopped doors, sowing selves into cupped hands. my father’s daughters, easily bred on weather-worn benches, bidding the slow […]

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Read the First Excerpt from Petina Gappah’s New Novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light

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Petina Gappah‘s new novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light was released on 10 September by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. Told by a woman and a man, it details the 285-day journey by a party carrying the Irish explorer Dr. David Livingstone’s dead body to the Indian Ocean coast. The publication of the highly anticipated […]

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We Need To Talk | Muriel Adhiambo | Fiction

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IT WAS A warm, humid night in the lakeside city of Kisumu. Under a starless sky, the women, seated on an assortment of plastic chairs, sang hymns. Between them and what had two days ago been a grass-thatched mud hut stood a decade-old mango tree. The hut had undergone a hurried transmutation overnight, and in […]

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For World Diabetes Day, Miss BloodSugar Calls for Entries to Competition & Anthology Sponsored by Bella Naija

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Press release: What’s your diabetes story? Are you diabetic? Have you been impacted by the experiences of a family/friend/patient with diabetes? To mark World Diabetes Day, Miss BloodSugar created a platform to share your diabetes story with thousands of Nigerians. The aim of the project is to use the art of storytelling to create awareness. […]

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The Hour of Judgment | Edith Knight Magak | Fiction

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THE HOUR OF judgment has come upon me, and my hope for redemption is pegged on a needle, sorcery, and a razor blade. If all fail—no, I will not think of that possibility. “Adala, Adala, look, the stool of loyalty is here.” Nyanaga’s excited voice breaks into my thoughts, and I watch passively as my […]

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This Country’s Women | Three Poems by Kyle Malanda

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This Country’s Women To survive, the women in my country hide secrets beneath breasts, at the curve of spine, between each hip: the first places shame ever licked us. Tucked at the corners of our wrappers bank notes folded into our modesty to trade at the market.   There, the caverns of our bodies rattle […]

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Enter for the 2019 Awele Creative Trust Short Story Award

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The 2019 Awele Creative Trust Award is open for entries. Founded in 2013 by the NLNG Prize-winning novelist Chika Unigwe, as an initiative of her Awele Creative Trust, the Short Story Award recognizes the best unpublished fiction by a writer living in Nigeria, irrespective of nationality, and between the ages of 16 and 26. Previous […]

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The Fundamentals of Editing Fiction and Non-Fiction: Apply to SBMEN’s Workshop in Lagos | 21-22 September

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The Society for Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria (SBMEN) is calling for applications to its third editing workshop of […]

How to Donate to the African Speculative Fiction Society

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The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) is an organisation of around 180 writers, editors, comic & graphic artists, and filmmakers […]

EVENT | Brittle Paper Panel at 2019 Lambda Literary Festival in Los Angeles: Sept. 27

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Brittle Paper will be at the 2019 Lambda Literary Festival in Los Angeles, on Friday, September 27. We will be […]

Brittle Paper Statement on Allegation by Mr. James Murua

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This statement is in response to a recent allegation by Mr. James Murua. While we regret any misunderstanding, we would […]

For Failure to Attribute an Original Source, the Caine Prize Removes Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor’s All Our Lives from 2019 Shortlist, as Short Story Day Africa Releases Statement on Intertextuality

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Last week, we received suggestions of similarity between two short stories. One, the Nigerian writer Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor’s “All Our […]

Introduction to The Year of Free Birds: Stories Featuring Visually Impaired Protagonists | Lizzy Attree

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In October 2019, Brittle Paper will be publishing The Year of Free Birds: Stories Featuring Visually Impaired Protagonists, the second release […]

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