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“A Mission to Reshape Our History” | Read Niq Mhlongo’s Inspirational BRICS 2017 Literary Forum Keynote Speech

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A keynote speech delivered by the South African novelist Niq Mhlongo—author of Dog Eat Dog (2004), After Tears (2007), Way Back Home (2013), and Affluenza (2016)—at the BRICS 2017 Literary Forum in Zhuhai, China on 15 December 2017. Cleansing the Past and Restoring the Truthful Reality Thirteen years ago in 2004, my first novel Dog Eat Dog was published by Kwela. […]

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Margaret Busby-Edited Anthology to Feature 200 Female Writers Including Adichie, Aminatta Forna, Bernadine Evaristo, Imbolo Mbue, Warsan Shire, Zadie Smith

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Britain’s first black female publisher Margaret Busby will edit a new anthology that would feature 200 female African writers across generations. Titled New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of 20th- and 21st-Century Writing by Women of African Descent, it will be a sequel to Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Words and Writings by […]

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Event: Brunel Prize Winner Gbenga Adesina in Conversation with Pulitzer Prize Winner Tyehimba Jess

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Gbenga Adesina, winner of the 2016 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, will be in conversation with Tyehimba Jess, Professor of English at College of Staten Island and author of Olio, which received the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and with R.A. Villanueva, author of Reliquaria, which won the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. The event is organised by Pete’s Big […]

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Meet Chimamanda Adichie’s Instagram Squad

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Y Every woman needs a squad or what the feminist writer Bell Hooks calls “real sisterhood”—a band of women who support and share a collective vision. Chimamanda Adichie, herself a feminist, has a three-woman squad behind her successful Instagram account @chimamanda_adichie. She recently shared a picture of these smart, social media savvy women, describing them […]

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South African Creatives Are Redefining Children’s Book Publishing

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A South African publishing initiative is revolutionizing the country’s reading culture by taking an innovative approach to children’s books publishing. Book Dash, a not-for-profit organization founded by Arthur Attwell, is providing affordable books with premium content for children. They invite writers and illustrators to volunteer their time to create children’s books. As much as 50 […]

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Naming as Righting and Regulating: Recent Work on Gender and Sexuality in Africa | Jesse Weaver Shipley and Chika Unigwe

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This paper is a reflection on the proceedings from the “Gender and Sexuality in Africa: Transdisciplinary Conversation” symposium, which was presented by Dartmouth College’s African and African American Studies Program in November, 2017. Convened by Ayo Coly, Marc Epprecht, Chika Unigwe and Jesse Shipley and co-sponsored by the Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Dickey Center, […]

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An African in London and Other Reflections on African Literatures | Richard Oduor Oduku

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Richard Oduor Oduku, Jalada Africa co-founder and Brittle Paper Award for Essays finalist, writes about his visit to London, in October of last year, to attend the “SOAS African Literatures Conference – 55 Years After the First Makerere African Writers Conference.” * I pay Taxify charges and lug my bag to Java House. The airport […]

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Chinelo Okparanta Profiled by Sarah Ladipo Manyika for OZY

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Chinelo Okparanta has been profiled by Sarah Ladipo Manyika for OZY, where Manyika is Books Editor. Titled “The Nigerian-American Writer Who Takes on Taboos,” the profile focuses on the reception of Okparanta’s body of work which explores queerness—the story collection Happiness, Like Water (2013), and the novel Under the Udala Trees (2016), which is the […]

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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 Is Literary Androgyny? Diriye Osman Tells Us

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Describing himself as “first Somali, second Muslim, third gay,” the enchanting Diriye Osman is arguably the most fascinating writer on […]

50 Years Later, the Swedish Academy Unveils the 70 Nominees for the 1967 Nobel Prize in Literature

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As is their tradition, the Swedish Academy, custodians and givers of the Nobel Prize in Literature, have, 50 years after […]

The Johannesburg Review of Books Vol. 1, Issue 8 | Featuring Soyinka, J.M. Coetzee, Yewande Omotoso, Nthikeng Mohlele, Niq Mhlongo, Bongani Madondo

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The 8th issue of The Johannesburg Review of Books was released last December. The issue, which is from the magazine’s […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for Africa Book Club’s Short Story Competition

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The Africa Book Club Short Reads Competition is open to submissions. African writers can enter fiction or nonfiction pieces of […]

Keorapetse “Bra Willie” Kgositsile: South Africa Begins 3-Day “Special Official Funeral” for Late National Poet Laureate

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To honour the country’s late National Poet Laureate, Keorapetse “Bra Willie” Kgositsile, the government of South Africa has commenced a three-day […]

See the Gorgeous Cover for LGBTQI Art Collective 14’s Volume 2, Featuring Snippets from Taiye Selasi and Gbenga Adesina

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The Nigerian queer art collective 14, which is set to release its second volume this week, has shared its cover, […]

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