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New Collection of Plays Shines Light on African Women Playwright

Contemporary Plays by African Women

There are many literary projects making a difference in the way we read and talk about African literature. One of such projects is the forthcoming collection of plays titled Contemporary Plays by African Women. The collection features playwrights from various parts of the continent—Sara Shaarawi is from Egyt. Sophia Mempuh Kwachuch is from Cameroon. JC […]

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Chibundu Onuzo is Coming to America! | See All the Dates

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US-based fans of Chibundu Onuzo are in luck. Her critically acclaimed second novel Welcome to Lagos will officially be released in the US market on May 1 by Catapult. Onuzo kicks off a month-long US tour on the same day of the release. It promises to be an exciting tour. She will stop at major US […]

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Brittle Paper Deputy Editor Otosirieze Obi-Young Signs with Booker Prize-Famed Literary Agency

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Brittle Paper’s Deputy Editor Otosirieze Obi-young has joined the client list of David Godwin Associates (DGA), the same agency representing Booker Prize winners Arundhati Roy and Aravind Adiga, and that represented another winner in Kiran Desai, as well as Aminatta Forna. We are still reeling from sharing in the joy of this amazing milestone. This is […]

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Yrsa Daley-Ward Featured at the CityLit Festival in Baltimore | Arao Ameny

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Baltimore, Maryland — “I don’t care if I’m called an Instagram poet. I really don’t care as long as people are reading it and connecting with it”. Yrsa-Daley Ward, the English-born Nigerian-Jamaican writer, was part of the line-up of writers with featured sessions at CityLit Project’s 15th Annual CityLit Festival in Baltimore on Saturday April 14, […]

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Chuma Nwokolo Kicks Off His US Book Tour | See all the Dates

Chuma Nwokolo is currently in the US for a month-long series of book events organized around his new novel The Extinction of Menai. The book was published about a month ago by Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writers imprint and received a Publisher’s Weekly starred review. [Read here if you missed it.] Look through the […]

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My Name Is Ojwiny | George Ocen | Fiction

In 2012, the Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE) based in Kampala, Uganda, launched Writivism — an initiative that identifies, mentors and promotes emerging Africa-based writers, and hosts an annual literary festival in Kampala. In 2017, Writivism celebrated its fifth anniversary and to celebrate this milestone, the initiative, in partnership with the University of Bristol, […]

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Teju Cole May Be Coming to Your City, So Check Out His 2018 Tour Dates

Teju Cole has a pretty booked up 2018, which is good news to our ears. It means that Brittle Paper readers have more opportunities to attend one of his events. Cole’s calendar of events shows him visiting lots of American cities, from NYC to Winston Salem in North Carolina. But there are a few international […]

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Publisher’s Weekly Decides | The Extinction of Menai is a Thrilling and Funny Novel

We are barely through the first quarter of 2018, and we already have a long list of new African novels to read. Chuma Nwokolo’s Extinction of Menai was published on the 7th of March, the same month that saw the publication of Aminatta Forna’s Happiness, Uzodinma Iweala’s Speak No Evil, and Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of […]

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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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New Collection of Plays Shines Light on African Women Playwright

Contemporary Plays by African Women

There are many literary projects making a difference in the way we read and talk about African literature. One of […]

Chibundu Onuzo is Coming to America! | See All the Dates

chibundu onuzo

US-based fans of Chibundu Onuzo are in luck. Her critically acclaimed second novel Welcome to Lagos will officially be released in […]

“I Pushed His Hand Away…Gently”: Chimamanda Adichie on Being Sexually Harassed at 17

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At the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality, held 15-17 April, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talked about “a powerful man in the […]

Poet Nacima Qorane Sentenced to Jail in Somaliland for Advocating for a Reunified Somalia

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A court in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland has sentenced poet Nacima Qorane to three years in jail for her […]

Brittle Paper Deputy Editor Otosirieze Obi-Young Signs with Booker Prize-Famed Literary Agency

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Brittle Paper’s Deputy Editor Otosirieze Obi-young has joined the client list of David Godwin Associates (DGA), the same agency representing […]

Agwaetiti Obiụtọ | Watch the Trailer of Onyeka Nwelue’s Riveting New Film

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Nigerian writer Onyeka Nwelue has a new film out. Agwaetiti Obiụtọ, an Igbo language feature, is a satire focused on the lives […]

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