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The Anticipated Books of 2020

The year 2019 was full. In December, we released our list of The Notable Books of 2019. In January, we released our list of The Top 15 Debut Books of 2019. Now we look ahead into 2020 with our list of the most anticipated books of the year in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The buzz […]

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The Top 15 Debut Books of 2019

The year 2019 was full. While it is gone, its books are not. In December, we released our list of The Notable Books of 2019 by African authors. As we look ahead into 2020, we list the year’s most notable debuts books and authors in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, some of which also appear in […]

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Ellah Wakatama Allfrey is Brittle Paper’s African Literary Person of the Year 2019

Brittle Paper‘s African Literary Person of the Year, now in its fifth year, recognizes individuals who work behind the scenes to hold up the African literary establishment in the given year. The 2019 Honour goes to Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, OBE, for being, in the course of more than two decades, a unique actualizing force in […]

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Brittle Paper Statement on Allegation by Mr. James Murua

This statement is in response to a recent allegation by Mr. James Murua. While we regret any misunderstanding, we would like to firmly set the record straight. On Tuesday, 3 September 2019, the Caine Prize removed a short story from its 2019 shortlist, for its author’s failure to attribute an original source. We were one […]

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Photos | Safia Elhillo, Author of The January Children, Gets Married

The award-winning Sudanese American poet Safia Elhillo ties the knot with her beau Christopher Nunez. She shared photos of the big day on Instagram. She looked stunning in a gorgeous red outfit accessorized with gold jewelry. A few months before the wedding, Elhillo celebrated a different kind of milestone. A collection of poetry co-edited with […]

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The CORA-NLNG Prize Book Party Was an Evening to Remember

Although the general misconception is that writers and book lovers are boring people, the CORA-The Nigeria Prize for Literature Book Party 2019 is proof of how untrue that is. On the 28th of July, 2019, Shell Hall at The MUSON Centre in Lagos was packed with guests who had come to spend an afternoon with […]

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StoryBundle is Offering Ten Sci-fi Books for One Small Price

StoryBundle is an online platform giving readers the choice to pay what they want for books. They work with authors to put together a pack of e-books that is then sold for one price. There are set bonus prices that unlock various bundle sizes, but readers generally pay what they want. The current bundle features […]

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How African Writers Celebrated Mother’s Day

Speaking of a mother’s love, Chimamanda Adichie once said: “…the completeness, the wholesomeness of this love. It’s just a different thing from anything I’ve ever experienced in my life.” Many in the African literary community would agree with her that a mother’s love is powerful and worthy of celebration. We saw this sort of appreciation […]

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Ukamaka Olisakwe’s Forthcoming Novel, Ogadinma, Is a Feminist Story Set in ’80s Nigeria

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The Nigerian writer Ukamaka Olisakwe is set to release a new novel. Titled Ogadinma, or Everything Will Be All Right, […]

Resoketswe Manenzhe Wins 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award for Her Novel, Scatterlings

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The 2020 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award has been awarded to the South African writer Resoketswe Manenzhe for her novel Scatterlings. […]

Down River Road, a New Print & Online Magazine Exploring the Alternative in Literature, Music, & Visual Art, Calls for Submissions to Second Issue

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A new Nairobi-based print and online magazine, down river road, is exploring the margins, the shifting centers, and the new […]

Dr Stella Nyanzi Wins Appeal at Ugandan Court, Regains Freedom, But Is Possibly Re-arrested

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Dr Stella Nyanzi is free. The academic, feminist and queer rights advocate has been in prison for criticising Uganda’s long-serving […]

Apply for This Fully-funded Creative Writing Scholarship at the University of East Anglia, Sponsored by the Miles Morland Foundation

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The Miles Morland Foundation African Writers’ Scholarship is currently accepting accepting applications for its 2020 program. It is an initiative […]

Chinelo Okparanta Recalls Her First Teenage Crush

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“I was 16 years old, nearly 17, when a boy first expressed interest in me. Or, maybe it was that […]

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