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Chike Frankie Edozien’s Lives of Great Men | Inside Nigeria’s First Memoir About LGBTQ Life

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Chike Frankie Edozien, professor of journalism at New York University, has a remarkable book forthcoming. The memoir, titled Lives of Great Men, is 266 pages of what it means to be gay in Nigeria—the very first by a Nigerian about LGBTQ life in Nigeria. It is a landmark moment, this expansion of the queer oeuvre […]

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Africa39 Author and Caine Prize Winner Mary Watson’s New Novel Arrives in 2018

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Mary Watson, Africa39 author and winner of the 2008 Caine Prize, will have her third book released in February 2018. The Young Adult novel, titled The Wren Hunt, comes after her 2004 short story collection, Moss, and 2013 novel, The Cutting Room. The world rights to The Wren Hunt, which “tells the story of two ancient powers fighting […]

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Chimamanda Adichie Covers The New York Times Style Magazine’s The Greats Issue, Alongside Nicki Minaj and Amy Adams

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the seven artists on seven covers of The New York Times Style Magazine T’s “The Greats” issue, a celebration of people who are “masters in their fields.” The other six are the rapper Nicki Minaj, the actress Amy Adams, the theater director Park Chan-Wook, the artist Claes Oldenburg, the composer […]

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Event: Aminatta Forna in Conversation at Oxford University

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Aminatta Forna will be in conversation with Elleke Boehmerat, Oxford Professor of World Literature in English, for an event at Oxford University titled “Memoir and Memory.” The conversation will be part of the launch of the 2017-18 Mellon-Sawyer Seminar Series, “Post-War: Commemoration, Reconstruction, Reconciliation.” Sierra Leonean-Scottish Forna is the author of the Samuel Johnson Prize-shortlisted memoir, The […]

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Meet Omi, the First Yoruba Character in the Star Wars Anthology Series

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Nnedi Okorafor is known for building fictional worlds from elements drawn from African culture and narratives. Her recent contribution to the Star Wars: From a Point of View anthology is no different. To celebrate the 4oth anniversary of the Star Wars series, a group of writers were commissioned to write stories from the point of […]

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A Kenyan Tank Engine Joins The Hit Children’s TV Show Thomas & Friends

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Thomas the Tank Engine is the fictional character in Reverent Wilbert Awdry’s The Railway Series about steam locomotives. Thomas who is celebrated and well-loved by children the world over is also the lead character in the TV Show titled Thomas and Friends. Mattel, the company who owns the rights to the series, recently announced that […]

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The Fall of the Gods | Chapter 6: Ise | by Anthony Azekwoh | #TFOG

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Ebe onye dara ka chi ya kwaturu ya. Where one falls is where his god pushed him down. *** Emeka snarled and the others snarled in agreement. When he spoke, his voice was different. It was raspier. If broken glass could somehow possess vocal abilities, it would sound like him. “Where is it?” he asked […]

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Our Favorite Sci-Fi Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu Publishes a Children’s Book

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For those of you who are desperately and constantly in search of African children’s books, Wanuri Kahiu’s recent collaboration with Lantana Publishing is a gift. The book, written by Kenyan writer and filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu, is titled The Wooden Camel. It tells the story of Etabo, a Turkana boy living in the Northwest of Kenya, […]

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Akwaeke Emezi and Uzodinma Had a Moment

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Akwaeke Emezi is, in more ways than one, the writer we all want to be. Her debut novel is still […]

An Ode to Depression | Victor Enite Abu

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Some mornings, getting out of bed feels like carrying ten bags of cement. Other mornings, you float through space, watching […]

The Brittle Paper Award for Essays/Think Pieces: Meet the Nominees

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To mark our seventh anniversary on August 1, 2017, we announced the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards, to recognize the finest, original pieces of […]

Burundi’s Pacifique Irankunda Awarded a $40,000 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant | Read an Excerpt from the Manuscript

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Burundian writer Pacifique Irankunda has been awarded a $40,000 Whiting Creative Nonfiction Grant. The grant is for the completion of […]

Writing Black Canadas | Transition’s Issue 124 Has Wole Soyinka, Profiles Toni Morrison

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Transition magazine has announced its Issue 124. Titled “Writing Black Canadas,” the issue marks the Canadian confederation’s 150th anniversary and […]

Bye, Bye Bare Walls! | Lidudumalingani is Now Selling Prints of His Photographs

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South African writer and photographer Lidudumalingani now has an Instagram storefront where he sells prints of his photographs. Lidudumalingani first […]

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