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Nigerian Poet Wana Udobang Wins Prestigious Writing Residency at the University of Iowa

  As readers of Brittle Paper well know, Wana Udobang wears many creative hats. She is a poet, writer, journalist, filmmaker, performer and most recently, one of the 30 international writers selected to participate in the 54th International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa. The University of Iowa is home to world famous […]

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Get all the Scoop on Chibundu Onuzo’s Highly Anticipated Third Novel

Among many other reasons that 2021 can’t come soon enough is the publication of Chibundu Onuzo’s third novel. The title of the novel is Sankofa. She announced this in a post on Instagram, also sharing the synopsis of the book: In middle age, after separating from her husband and losing her mother, Anna finds her […]

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Bernardine Evaristo is Sunday Times Style Cover Star!

Yet another good news from the World of Bernardine. She is on the cover of the July 26 issue of Sunday Times Style Magazine, which she also guest edited. The cover photo is shot by Ruth Ossai, a Nigerian photographer known for positioning her subjects before vivid Nollywood-style backdrops. In her announcement of the cover […]

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Catch Up on Books & Rhymes Podcast Interviews with 2020 AKO Caine Prize Shortlistees

Our favorite culture critic and podcaster, Sarah Ozo-Irabor, is back with Season 2 of Books & Rhymes: The Podcast! Books & Rhymes: The Podcast is all about amplifying African literature by pairing stories, characters, and literary themes with music. Expanding from the Instagram review platform of the same name, the podcast launched in 2019 and […]

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Is Freedom an Idea or a Practice? — Watch Episode 2 of Prof. Ato Quayson’s Vlog

The second episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s vlog Critic.Reading.Writing is up! In this week’s episode, Professor Quayson engages Toni Morisson’s Pulitzer Prize Winning novel, Beloved, to reflect on the meaning of freedom in the shadow of slavery. Revisiting his discussion of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics from Episode 1, Quayson pushes readers and viewers to question Aristotle’s […]

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South Sudanese Literature Has a Global Reach Thanks to Peter Deng’s Trailblazing Publishing Project

What started out as one reader’s desire to read books about his home country has expanded into a global publishing hub for South Sudanese literary content. Peter Deng is the founder of Africa World Books, a publishing company that specializes in providing publications to South Sudanese readers in Australia and the broader Australian literary community. […]

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What Does Tragedy Have to do With Grief? — Prof. Ato Quayson on a New Episode of Critics.Reading.Writing

The first episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s youtube show is up! Ato Quayson is a Professor of English at Stanford University, current President of the African Studies Association and one of the honored guests of Brittle Paper’s #WeTurnToBooks Instagram Live Series. Earlier this month, Prof. Quayson launched a YouTube channel titled Critic.Reading.Writing with Ato Quayson, […]

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BBC 4 to Broadcast Reading of Abi Daré’s The Girl with the Louding Voice

Abi Daré’s The Girl with the Louding Voice will be narrated on BBC 4 by actress Ronkẹ Adékoluẹjo. The novel will be broadcast in ten 14-minute episodes with Episode 1 airing on July 13. Episodes are scheduled everyday up until July 23. The Girl With the Louding Voice is one of the most buzzed about […]

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Nnedi Okorafor’s LaGuardia Wins 2020 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story or Comic

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Nigeria’s Nnedi Okorafor is on a roll! Barely two weeks since bagging an Eisner Award, Okarafor wins the coveted Hugo […]

Ugandan Novelist Jennifer Makumbi on All-Female Short Story Prize Longlist

Jennifer Makumbi on All-Female Short Story Prize Longlist

Celebrated Ugandan author Jennifer Makumbi is on the longlist of the 2020 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for her debut […]

Is Oedipus Rex a Form of Detective Fiction? — Watch Episode 5 of Prof. Ato Quayson’s Vlog

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The fifth episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s vlog Critic.Reading.Writing is up! As the literary vlog enters its fifth week, Quayson […]

Wole Soyinka Writes Letter of Solidarity for Detained Humanist Mubarak Bala


Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has never hesitated to speak out in the face of injustice. He recently penned a letter […]

Kenyan Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu and Ghanaian American Playwright Jocelyn Bioh Collaborating on a Disney+ Project

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Wanuri Kahiu will direct the Disney+ film adaptation of the Broadway musical, Once on This Island, reports Hollywood Reporter. Ghanaian-American […]

Treasure is a New Novella by Oyinkan Braithwaite


Calling all fans of My Sister, the Serial Killer! Oyinkan Braithwaite has a new novella out. Titled Treasure, the book […]

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