Brittle Paper is 10 this year! That’s right. It’s been 10 long and amazing years of bringing you the latest about books and African literary culture. To commemorate this milestone, we are launching a month-long celebration of ideas we are calling The Decade Project.
From September 7 to October 2, we will publish a collection of specially curated content. It has taken us months to put this together, but we’ve partnered with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s African Studies Program to bring you interviews with Taiye Selasi, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Chinelo Okparanta, Prof. Simon Gikandi, Kalaf Epalanga, Lola Shoneyin, and many other notable voices in the community, in addition to essays by Ben Okri, Minna Salami, Chris Abani, and many more. We thought you’d want to know what these individuals, who have done so much to shape the decade, think about African literature, how far it’s come, and what the future holds.
Our loyal readers and fans, who have been our life line this past decade, will cart away books in week after week of giveaways.
In addition to Instalive chats with authors, we are partnering with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s African Studies Program to host an event featuring Titilope Sonuga, Abdulbasit Kassim, Adaobi Nwuabani, and Mona Eltahawy. More details soon.
African literature has seen an unprecedented boom in the last 10 years. As a platform that has publicly archived the African literary scene for as long, The Decade Project is our way of shining a light on communities of readers, writers, publishers, editors, bloggers, and academics responsible for moving African literature forward these many years.
Our 10-year anniversary is a huge milestone for us, our readers, and the African literary community. Join us to celebrate! Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook so you don’t miss out on any part of the month-long celebration.
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