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Do Judge These Books by Their Titles | By Tiwaladeoluwa Adekunle

ONE LITTLE READING pleasure of mine is the moment I finally know why a book is called what it is called, or the moment I find the title buried in one paragraph, smiling and winking up at me. We all love titles that work, and African writers do an especially good job coming up with these. In […]

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Bilal The Movie | 1000 Year-old African Story Inspires Big-budget 3-D Animation Film

Within the last three years, African literature has caught the attention of the global film industry. From Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun to Tracy Farren’s Whiplash to Uzodinma Iweala’s Beast of No Nation, African fiction has become an attractive archive of stories for filmmakers seeking to tell powerful and relatable stories. The most recent adaptation is a […]

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Nnedi Okorafor Becomes First Nigerian To Win Prestigious Hugo Award

We are delighted to share that Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti has just been named a Hugo award winner in the best novella category. The Hugo awards are given annually to highlight the best science fiction works of the previous year. Unlike Binti’s previous Nebula award, the Hugo awards are voted for by members of the World […]

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African Literature on Instagram Vol. 8 | Chibundo Onuzo’s Style File

Chibundu Onuzo recently announced the forthcoming release of her new book. It’s titled Welcome to Lagos. The cover is gorgeous. We even shared it here last week. [click here if you missed it.] All that is great news, but that’s not what we want to talk about this Friday afternoon. How about the fact that […]

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Living the Dream! | My Experience at the New York State Summer Writers Institute

Hi! My name is Tiwa, you may have seen a few of my posts here on Brittle Paper. I’m currently in my final year of undergraduate studies in International Studies and English, and like most people I know, I am aspiring to make an impact in this world. How? At 18 I don’t have everything […]

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From Anaconda to Toni Morrison | Lola Shoneyin Goes on a Hunt for the Perfect Wig

Two days ago, Lola Soneyin, poet and author of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, surprised her fans with an announcement on Twitter. She said that having had her classic dreadlocks for nearly two decades, she was ready to switch up her look. She went on to share some drastically different wig options and asked her fans […]

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Getting African Writing Published Just Got Easier Thanks to Murewa Olubela’s Online Directory

  When Murewa Olubela searched online for lists of African magazines to submit to in 2012 and only found a handful, she knew something had to change, and fast. Already a blogger at the time, the first thing she did was to compile a list on her blog of all African journals and magazines she knew […]

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Opportunities For African Writers | Submit to Expound Magazine’s Woman Issue

Expound Magazine is calling for submissions to its annual Special issue. This year’s theme is “The Woman Issue” and is guest-edited by Safia Elhillo and Unoma Azuah. The issue is exclusively open to African female writers and artists. Yes, the phrase “The Woman Issue” is not just a theme. It also means that the invitation […]

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Namwali Serpell Wins the 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Award for The Old Drift

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Namwali Serpell’s The Old Drift have been awarded the 2020 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, one of US’ top awards that seek […]

Nnamdi Ehirim’s Debut Novel, Prince of Monkeys, Is a Powerful Portrait of Friendship, Religion, & Politics in ’80s-90s Nigeria

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The Nigerian novelist Nnamdi Ehirim’s debut, Prince of Monkeys, was published by Counterpoint Press exactly a year ago, on 2 […]

Nadifa Mohamed’s Third Novel, The Fortune Men, Based on the True Story of Mahmood Mattan’s Wrongful Execution in Wales, Set for 2021 Release

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The publishing press Viking has acquired the Somali writer Nadifa Mohamed’s third novel, The Fortune Men, set in 1950s Cardiff […]

Goretti Kyomuhendo Appointed to Commonwealth Foundation’s Advisory Governorship for Africa Region

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The Ugandan writer Goretti Kyomuhendo, Director of African Writers Trust (AWT), has been appointed Civil Society Advisory Governor by Commonwealth […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Latest Short Story, Her 12th Published, Is a Juicy Satire on Gender, Race, & Academia

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She might have eight books published, seven of which are novels, but Bernardine Evaristo is not so much of a […]

University of East Anglia Marks 50th Anniversary of Creative Writing with Project Exploring Interface of Literature and Technology

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PRESS RELEASE University of East Anglia Launches Landmark 50th Anniversary Project – Storytelling in a Digital Age The University of […]

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