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TJ Benson’s Forthcoming Novel, The Madhouse, Follows a Troubled Family Across Four Decades

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The Nigerian writer TJ Benson has a new novel set to be published by Masobe Books in 2020. A new publishing house, authors on Masobe Books’ list include Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Chimeka Garricks, and Michael Afenfia. Titled The Madhouse, Benson’s novel “chronicles the lives of an unorthodox couple: a young woman, her husband and two […]

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Laila Lalami, Scholastique Mukasonga, & Akwaeke Emezi Are Finalists for the 2019 National Book Awards

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Moroccan American novelist Laila Lalami, Rwandan novelist Scholastique Mukasonga, and Nigerian novelist Akwaeke Emezi are finalists for the 2019 National Book Awards in the US. The 25 shortlisted books and authors fall under five categories: Young People’s Literature, Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, and Translated Literature. Lalami is nominated in the Fiction category for her fourth novel […]

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Submit to the Young African Poets Anthology, Guest-edited by Itiola Jones & Nome Patrick Emeka

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The Young African Poets Anthology is a project by the Nigerian writers Ernest Ogunyemi and Fiyinfoluwa Timothy Oladipo, for poets between the ages of 15 and 19. It will be guest-edited by Itiola Jones, winner of the 2018 Brittle Paper Award for Poetry, and Nome Patrick Emeka, finalist for the 2018 Sillerman First Book Prize […]

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Dambudzo Marechera’s The House of Hunger Out in Chinese

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The iconic Zimbabwean writer Dambudzo Marechera’s The House of Hunger has been translated into Chinese. First published in 1978 as part of Heinemann’s African Writers Series, the book is a collection of a novella and nine satellite short stories, and has widely been noted as a commentary on the author’s own troubled, tragically short life. […]

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Attend The New Yorker Festival Masterclass with Teju Cole and Zadie Smith

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Tickets are currently on sale for a masterclass with the award-winning writers Teju Cole and Zadie Smith. Themed “On Writing,” it is part of a series of events for the 20th The New Yorker Festival, a landmark event every October which “brings together the biggest names in news, politics, books, film, music, art, and popular […]

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Mental Health: 8 Books by African Authors You Should Read

The subject of mental health is often synonymous with shame, silence, and the need to hide away from the world. The age-long stigma attached to it has made the conversation a difficult one to have. According to MentalHealth.gov, mental health problems are actually far more common than people think. Early warning signs range from eating […]

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Yaa Gyasi’s Second Novel Forthcoming in July 2020 from Alfred A. Knopf 

The Ghanaian American author Yaa Gyasi has a new novel coming in July 2020 from Alfred A. Knopf. Titled Transcendent Kingdom, it tells the story of a small Ghanaian family in Alabama, and charts the course of a young woman named Gifty, studying to become a neuroscientist, who grapples with faith, salvation, and science after […]

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#QueerYourAfricanRead | Be Part of Our Campaign to Highlight African Literature on Queerness

To mark our seventh anniversary in 2017, Brittle Paper hosted a conversation on its Facebook page. Themed “Un-Silencing Queer Nigeria: The Language of Emotional Truth,” it featured 14 editor-in-chief and Caine Prize 2017 finalist Arinze Ifeakandu, Brunel Prize 2017 winner Romeo Oriogun, Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2017 finalist Kelechi Njoku, and 14 editor Laura Ahmed, […]

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Bernardine Evaristo: Your Guide to All Eight Books by the Booker Prize Winner

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While better known in the African literary scene as the founder of the massively influential Brunel International African Poetry Prize, […]

TJ Benson’s Forthcoming Novel, The Madhouse, Follows a Troubled Family Across Four Decades

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The Nigerian writer TJ Benson has a new novel set to be published by Masobe Books in 2020. A new […]

The Guardian UK Criticized for Headline Calling Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning Novel Obscure

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Right after Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood were announced joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Joint Win of the Booker Prize, with Margaret Atwood, Makes Her the First Black Woman & Second Nigerian to Receive the Honour

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The Nigerian-British novelist Bernardine Evaristo has been awarded the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, […]

The Queen of Dahomey: Episode Three | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh

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There was an old woman with a ragged scar on her cheek who lived alone on the outskirts of Dahomey. […]

Befeqadu Hailu, Ethiopian Writer-Activist & Co-founder of Zone 9 Blog, Named 2019 International Writer of Courage

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Befeqadu Hailu, the Ethiopian writer, activist, and co-founder of the Amharic-language human rights platform Zone 9 Blogging Collective, has been […]

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