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Teju Cole’s Essay on The Disposability of Black Lives is Essential Reading for Our Current Moment

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As we mourn the death of George Floyd, whose life was brutally taken by a white police officer in Minneapolis, let us reflect on something Teju Cole wrote a few days after another black man, Michael Brown, was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, back in 2014. The piece, titled “Black Body: Rereading James Baldwin’s ‘Stranger in […]

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Weekend Inspiration | “Value Yourself” — Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o 

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Running in a Red State | Cymelle Leah Edwards | Poetry

Don’t be political. Sinclair Wash Trail: Anger is that which your body recognizes as alien; that which has been whittled nonexistent; you temper that emotion at the age of eight when you indulge it and learn that your angry is angrier because it’s also darker; when you serve a man who says he’ll take his […]

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Booker Prize Winner Bernadine Evaristo on How to Achieve Career Breakthroughs

Here is a little bit of advice for our literary peeps out there working hard to create beautiful things while hoping to achieve the recognition they deserve. Because the creative industry is so competitive, it can sometimes feel impossible to reach that dream of finding success in the literary world. Whether, you’re a writer, an […]

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Egyptian Poet Rabha Ashry Wins the 2020 Brunel International African Poetry Prize

Rabha Ashry is the winner of the 2020 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. The news was announced an hour ago on the official Twitter handle of the prize. We are pleased to announce @rabha_ashry as the winner of the Brunel International African Poetry Prize 2020. Special thanks to the distinguished judges: @KMcCarthyWoolf @KayoChingonyi Billy Kahora […]

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Excerpt of Nnedi Okorafor’s Forthcoming Sci-fi Novella Remote Control

Last week, we shared the news of Nnedi Okorafor’s forthcoming sci-fi novella. Titled Remote Control and set in near-future Ghana, the Africanfuturist story tells the story of a girl named Sankofa, who wields enormous power as the adopted daughter of death. Set for a January 2021 release, the book is still 9 months away from […]

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Gather the Kids Around for Mondays with Michelle Obama

With everyone at home due to social distancing, various literary organizations and children-focused media houses are being creative about ways to entertain children and families stuck at home. Penguin Young Readers, Random House Children’s Books, and PBS KIDS are partnering in a special collaboration to launch Mondays with Michelle Obama. The limited run show features […]

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Get Free Children’s E-books from These Websites and Reading Apps

For the past few weeks, the need to combat COVID-19 with social-distancing has led to closure of many public institutions, including libraries and public schools. The NYT reports that “with countries across the globe on lockdown and public life at a standstill, more than 1.5 billion children are out of school.” Kids are at home […]

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Chimamanda Adichie Shares the Ins-and-Outs of Writing Half of A Yellow Sun for Biafra Remembrance Day

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  It’s Biafra Remembrance Day, and while many authors have written about the Biafra War, perhaps no other book on […]

Teju Cole’s Essay on The Disposability of Black Lives is Essential Reading for Our Current Moment

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As we mourn the death of George Floyd, whose life was brutally taken by a white police officer in Minneapolis, […]

Lolwe Needs You to Achieve its Goal of Paying Writers

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Lolwe is a literary magazine founded in January 2020 by Kenyan writer and editor Troy Onyango. One of the magazine’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other, Shortlisted for The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction

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Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other has been shortlisted for The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction. Sponsored by The Orwell Foundation […]

#WeTurnToBooks Returns! Catch Nnedi Okorafor, Kiru Taye, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, & Ayesha Harruna Attah Live on Instagram

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Hey Brittle Paper readers and followers! We’re excited to announce the second installment of our #WeTurnToBooks series on Instagram Live, […]

Tomi Adeyemi Recommends 5 Books to Escape Into While You’re Social Distancing

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Wondering what’s on Tomi Adeyemi’s quarantine reading list? Adeyemi recently shared five books she is reading (and re-reading) during the […]

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