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Teju Cole Writes the Longest Sentence Ever Published by The New York Times

  When a writer who is also a photographer writes a piece about photography, one can only expect wonderful things. In his new essay titled “Still Lives That Won’t Hold Still”, Open City author Teju Cole pays homage to the late renowned photographer Marie Cosindas, who passed away in May at the age of 93. […]

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An Evening of African Literature | Photos From Abubakar Ibrahim and Sarah L. Manyika’s Washington, DC Reading

It is always a delightful treat to hear African writers in conversation with each other. A few weeks ago, I was fortunate enough to attend such a dialogue. On April 30, Politics and Prose bookstore and Young African Professionals DC (YAP DC) co-hosted Nigerian authors Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and Sarah Ladipo Manyika to discuss their […]

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Nigerian-American Trans Writer Responds to Adichie’s Comments on Trans Women

On Friday, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie went on Channel 4 News to discuss her new book, Dear Ijeawele, Or A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions. During the interview, Adichie made one of her most controversial remarks to date. So when people talk about, you know, “Are trans women women?” my feeling is trans women are trans […]

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14 Americanah Quotes on Love, Life and Relationships

Ifemelu, the protagonist of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah, is certainly a favorite among lovers of contemporary African literature. In the course of the novel, Ifemelu has three love interests: Obinze, her high school sweetheart and first love; Curt, a wealthy, leisurely White-American that she meets through her babysitting job; and Blaine, a Black-American  academic that […]

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A Birthday Tribute: Binyavanga Wainaina

In just two days, on the 18th, we will celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved gems of contemporary African literature: Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainaina. In celebration of his 46th birthday, we reflect on Wainaina’s iconic legacy. For almost 15 years, we have had the pleasure of witnessing Wainaina’s valuable contributions to literature […]

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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“What Keeps Girls from Knowing the Power in Them?”: Mona Eltahawy on the Importance of Female Rage

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Egyptian writer and outspoken feminist Mona Eltahawy is asking important questions about the necessity and possibilities of female anger. In […]

Safia Elhillo’s Poem Used for Under Armour’s PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Campaign | Watch Video

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American sports- and footwear company Under Armour is using a poem by Sudanese Safia Elhillo, titled “Kintsugi,” for its “Unlike […]

Fundraising in Progress for Onyeka Nwelue’s $27,000 Spine and Hip Dislocation Treatment Following Vehicle Accident

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Nigerian writer Onyeka Nwelue is currently hospitalised following spine and hip dislocations in a vehicle accident. It happened in Abuja on […]

Edited by Chris Abani, “Lagos Noir” Anthology Features Nnedi Okorafor, Igoni Barrett, Chika Unigwe, E.C. Osondu

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Award-winning novelist and poet Chris Abani is editing a 224-page anthology called Lagos Noir. Set to published by Akashic Books in […]

Long-time Director Lizzy Attree Leaves the Caine Prize

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After seven years as its Director, Lizzy Attree has left the Caine Prize. A mainstay on the literary scene, the industrious […]

The Brittle Paper Digest: 79 Notable Pieces of 2017

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It isn’t that time of the year when we look back on what happened in it—that time is December, and […]

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