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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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What to Read After Watching Queen Sono

Queen Sono is Netflix’s first African series. The spy thriller was created by Kagiso Lediga and stars Pearl Thusi as the titular character. The story chronicles the exciting life of a South African secret agent who takes on dangerous criminals in high-level espionage. Queen is everything you’ve ever wished for in a crime hero. She […]

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2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist Announced

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize shortlist is out, and there are five writers representing Africa. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize “develops and connects writers across the world” and is known for “discovering new writers and bringing them to a global audience.” It was established 9 years ago and is administered by the Commonwealth Foundation. This […]

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Weekend Inspiration | “Africa Breathes Stories” — Ben Okri


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Statement on the Departure of Brittle Paper’s Former Deputy Editor

On April 14, acting in my capacity as editor of Brittle Paper, I made the editorial call to pull down a story about the Twitter outrage against Hadiza Elrufai’s response to a statement made by her son. My then deputy, Otosirieze Obi-Young had covered the story and published it on the front page of Brittle […]

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Interview | Feminist Library in Abidjan Challenges the Erasure of Women from Africa’s Political History

Last week, we shared the news of an Abidjan-based library focused on women’s writings from the continent and the Diaspora. [Click here if you missed it.] It’s the brainchild of Edwige-Renee Dro an Ivorian writer and literary translator.  When we initially heard about the project, we instantly fell in love with it and reached out […]

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Statement: African Authors Sans Frontieres in Solidarity with African-Americans

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As African writers without borders who are connected beyond  geography with those who live in the United States of America […]

#SaveLambdaLiterary | Leading LGBTQ Literary Organization Needs Your Help

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Lambda Literary is struggling under the devastating financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. On April 17, the organization launched a […]

Innocent Chizaram Ilo Awarded 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for Africa Region

Innocent Chizaram Ilo 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Nigeria’s Innocent Chizaram Ilo is the regional winner for Africa of the 2020 Commonwealth Short Story Prize for their short […]

What We Are Reading This Week | Magical Tales About Life in Northern Nigeria

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BUY Cassava | Amazon A new edition of Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s The Whispering Trees is out in Cassava Shorts, a […]

Poda-Poda Stories Calls for Submissions from Sierra Leonean Writers

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Poda-Poda Stories is a new digital platform curating Sierra Leonean literature. The platform was founded by Ngozi Cole, a Sierra […]

Petina Gappah’s Out of Darkness, Shining Light Wins the 2020 Chautauqua Prize

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Petina Gappah’s Out of Darkness, Shining Light is the winner of the 2020 Chautauqua Prize. The Chautauqua Prize has been awarded […]

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