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Buchi Emecheta, Nigerian Novelist and Playwright, Passes on at 72

The Nigerian novelist and playwright Buchi Emecheta has passed on at the age of 72. Born in 1944, the much beloved icon was one of the most influential black writers of the latter half of the twenty-first century. Often described as “the first successful black woman novelist living in Britain after 1948,” she made her […]

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The Six Writers on the 2016 Artists In Residency Shortlist

The 2016 Artists In Residency shortlist has been announced, and there are six writers on the list, three of whom are Zimbabweans. 2013 Miles Morland scholar Percy Zvomuya made the cut, as did Africa39 writer Novuyo Tshuma whose Shadows received the 2014 Herman Charles Bosman Prize. There is also Kiprop Kimutai whose The Water Spirits placed third in […]

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How the Huza Press Prize for Fiction Is Reshaping Rwandan Literature

It was the pressing need to reclaim our narrative, which as many of you are aware was being largely told by non-Rwandans. To date any mention of Rwanda is closely followed by the word genocide and, as vital as this is to our history, it is not our only experience. — Louise Umutoni. IN 2009, […]

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Teju Cole, Petina Gappah, Yaa Gyasi, Helen Oyeyemi Named Finalists in PEN/America’s Literary Awards

In December, we announced the longlists of the 2017 PEN America literary awards. The lists of finalists are now out, and thankfully, a few of our favorite authors are still in the running. Teju Cole has emerged a finalist in two different categories. He is up for both the $10,000 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art […]

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Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing Wins the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize

Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing has been awarded the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize for the best debut novel. This is truly delightful news. Last December, she was shortlisted alongside Brit Bennett’s The Mothers, Emma Cline’s The Girls, Nicole Dennis-Benn’s Here Comes the Sun, Nathan Hill’s The Nix, and Max Porter’s Grief Is the Thing […]

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Happy Birthday, Binyavanga Wainaina: Six Writers Pay Tribute to a Friend, Mentor, and Teacher

Inspired by Lara Abiona’s beautiful birthday tribute to Binyavanga Wainaina here on Brittle Paper, we asked six writers—Linda Musita, Kiprop Kimutai, Saddiq M. Dzukogi, Arinze Ifeakandu, M.V. Sematlane, Otosirieze Obi-Young—to pen thank-you notes to a man who, in being a fearless pioneer, has made considerable impact on the African literary and cultural scene. By Linda […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Submit to Dwartonline’s Issue No. 3

Dwartonline is a literary magazine managed by Wale Ayinla and Chukwuebuka Ibeh. They recently announced a call for submissions to Issue Number 3, which will be published in April. Submissions are open for poetry, fiction, non-fiction, drama, art and photography. The theme for Issue Number 3 is “Uprooting,” which the editors explain as follows: We are looking for […]

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Rwanda’s Huza Press Prize for Fiction Releases Longlist

The longlist for Rwanda’s 2016 Huza Press Prize for Fiction is out, and there are twenty writers on it. The short stories features are written in both English and French. The US$1,000 Huza Press Prize, described by James Murua as “Rwanda’s most prestigious,” is in its second year and has on its roll call of […]

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Tomi Adeyemi Brings Black Girl Magic and Nigerian Excellence to Maison Valentino

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Last week, Italian fashion house Maison Valentino premiered its short film series entitled “In Conversation With” on YouTube featuring Nigerian-American […]

Between Colours, Senses, Words and Worlds: Harry Garuba’s Transition | Katleho Kano Shoro | Poetry

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For Professor Harry Garuba You are in a lime green, waterproof jacket hooded. Restlessly standing on the pavement— overhead: grey […]

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 […]

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