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Credo Mutwa, Celebrated South African Healer and Author, Dies at 98

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Credo Mutwa, celebrated South African traditional healer and author of several books, died following a period of ill health on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. He was 98 years old. Mutwa, whose full name is Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, was a sangoma who dedicated his life and writings to the preservation of African cultural practices and mythology. […]

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#TBT | Cuteness Overload: Pictures of African Authors as Kids | #newdaughtersofafricaedition

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In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re sharing with you some pictures we found on the world wide web of contemporary African women authors as kids. All these authors are also contributors to the monumental anthology New Daughters of Africa (2019), edited by Margaret Busby. Enjoy this walk back through time! (P.S. Head over to […]

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COVID-19: How Some African Authors Are Reacting to the Pandemic

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Like everyone else across the world, our favorite authors are confronted with the threat of COVID-19. Here, we document some of their reactions on social media to the pandemic. These range from providing uplifting advice and offering practical measures to tackling the crisis with a touch of humor. We take all of them as ways […]

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Bernardine Evaristo’s 2020 North American Book Tour: Dates and Locations | Canceled

British-Nigerian author Bernardine Evaristo will embark on a book tour across North America from mid-March until early April 2020. North American fans, here’s your chance to catch the Booker Prize-winning writer in person and maybe snag an autograph or selfie! We’ve listed the dates and venue below. If it turns out she’s coming to a […]

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Happy 82nd Birthday, Ngūgī wa Thiong’o! Read These Introductions to His Novels by Ben Okri, Namwali Serpell, Uzodinma Iweala, Abdulrazak Gurnah, & Moses Isegawa

It’s Ngūgī wa Thiong’o’s 82nd birthday! The prolific legend has published 34 books in total. His fictional works include seven novels: Weep Not, Child (1964), The River Between (1965), A Grain of Wheat (1967, 1992), Petals of Blood (1977), Caitaani Mutharaba-Ini (Devil on the Cross, 1980), Matigari ma Njiruungi (1986), Mũrogi wa Kagogo (Wizard of the Crow, 2006), and Kenda Muiyuru: Rugano Rwa Gikuyu na Mumbi (2018), published […]

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Happy Holidays To All Lovers of African Literature!

As 2019 draws to an end, we at Brittle Paper would like to thank all our readers for your continued support. It’s been another fantastic year of achievements by African authors and authors of the African diaspora, and we’ve been honored to be able to document them. Like previous years, our Notable African Books of […]

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Photos & Recap | The First Sierra Leone National Book Fair | Stephen Ney & Karim Bah

The first Sierra Leone National Book Fair took place between December 5 to December 7, 2019, in Freetown, at the 50/50 Hall on Tower Hill. Total attendance over the three days was close to a thousand. While the fair was attended by government ministers and scholars from most of Sierra Leone’s main universities, over half […]

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Tejumola Olaniyan, Eminent Professor of English and African Cultural Studies, Dies at 60

Tejumola Olaniyan, eminent professor of English and African literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, died of heart failure in Madison, Wisconsin, on Saturday, November 30, 2019. He had turned 60 in April this year. Tejumola Olaniyan was Louise Durham Mead Professor of English and Wole Soyinka Professor of the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, […]

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Laila Lalami’s Forthcoming Memoir Conditional Citizens Recounts Her Journey from Moroccan Immigrant to U.S. Citizen

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Moroccan-American author Laila Lalami has a new book forthcoming on April 28, 2020 from Pantheon Books. Titled Conditional Citizens, the […]

Neighbors (A Quarantine-Themed Fiction) | E. C. Osondu

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My neighbor Vinny Capriani is a great neighbor. I’m happy to have him as one. I live in a state […]

Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim Longlisted for the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award

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Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim are both on the longlist of the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award. The annual […]

Credo Mutwa, Celebrated South African Healer and Author, Dies at 98

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Credo Mutwa, celebrated South African traditional healer and author of several books, died following a period of ill health on […]

What We Are Reading This Week | A Feminist Guide to Living and Thinking Sensuously

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In the final week of women’s history month, we are celebrating a writer whose work has inspired us for years. […]

Midas & The Prodigal Daughter | Isabelle Baafi | Two Poems

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Midas the legend was not always true there was a time when empires were built on dreams and prophesies and […]

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