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Lesley Nneka Arimah and Zinzi Clemmons Are Finalists for the $35,000 Aspen Words Literary Prize

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Lesley Nneka Arimah’s short story collection, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, and Zinzi Clemmons’ novel, What We Lose, are finalists for the $35,000 Aspen Words Literary Prize. They are joined by three other novels: Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, Samrat Upadhyay’s Mad Country, and Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing. Alain Mabanckou’s eleventh […]

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For Women’s History Month, Enkare Review Is Listing African Literary Women Who Have Inspired Them


For March 2018’s Women’s History Month, Enkare Review magazine is listing the 30 African literary women who have inspired them. The project, curated by one of the magazine’s editors, Rosie Olang’, is ongoing on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Each day, one writer is revealed. So far, 12 writers have been listed, from March […]

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Tomi Adeyemi’s “Children of Blood and Bone” | Read Chapters 1-6

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Last year, 23-year-old Nigerian Harvard graduate Tomi Adeyemi scored a million-dollar book + movie deal for her Young Adult trilogy. The movie, with rights acquired by Fox 2000, is currently in development with Karen Rosenfelt and Wyck Godfrey (who’d worked on Twilight, Maze Runner, and The Fault In Our Stars) as producers. This trilogy is being […]

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James Murua’s Literature Blog Launches Weekly “African Literary Podcast”

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James Murua’s Literature Blog has launched a podcast series. Founded in 2012 by Kenyan blogger James Murua, James Murua’s Literature Blog covers news and events on the African literary scene. Here is part of the announcement: We here at have embarked on a new journey as we set up a new podcast for your enjoyment. […]

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Cassava Republic Unveils Anthology Cover for “She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak”


Cassava Republic has unveiled the cover for the forthcoming anthology, She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak. The anthology, to be released on 24 April of this year, collects 25 first-hand accounts that challenge stereotypes about being lesbian, bisexual and trans women in Nigeria. In an email to Brittle Paper, Cassava Republic’s communications and […]

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The 8 Poets, including 6 Women, Shortlisted for the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize

Eight poets, including six women, have been shortlisted for the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. The announcement was made in a statement published on the official website of the Prize. Founded by Bernardine Evaristo in 2013, the £3,000 prize—co-sponsored by Commonwealth Writers, Brunel University, London and the African Poetry Book Fund—is in its sixth year and is “aimed at […]

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Engaging the World Through Poetry | In Conversation: Chielozona Eze and Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike

  Poetry is my effort to dialogue with a part of me that questions the sanity of the world. — Chielozona Eze *** Chielozona Eze is a professor of English and African literature at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago. He has had his writing published online and in print journals. He was shortlisted for the inaugural […]

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WATCH | Haruna Ayesha Attah Announces New Novel Set During the Slave Trade in Ghana

Haruna Ayesha Attah is the author of two novels: the Commonwealth Prize-shortlisted Harmattan Rain (2009) and the Kwani? Manuscript Contest-nominated Saturday’s Shadows (2015). Ayesha is a 2014 Africa Centre Artists in Residency Award Laureate and Instituto Sacatar Fellow. In 2016, she won the Miles Morland Scholarship to write a nonfiction book about kolanuts. Her third novel, The Hundred Wells […]

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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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Selves - An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction (2)

We are republishing select pieces from Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction, curated by Basit Jamiu and introduced by […]

Introducing Brittle Paper’s Brunel Prize Poems Review Series

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The entry of African Poetry Book Fund (APBF) expanded in more than one way the African literary scene. With its […]

WATCH | Jalada Mobile Literary and Arts Festival in Kampala and Kabale

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In 2017, the pan-African collective Jalada Africa announced a mega-step: a mobile literary festival covering five countries in East Africa. The Jalada […]

Review | Cassava Republic’s “She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak” | Cisi Eze


Anthology: She Called Me Woman: Nigeria’s Queer Women Speak. Curators: Azeenarh Mohammed, Chitra Nagarajan, and Rafeeat Aliyu. Genre: Non-Fiction, LBTQ […]

The Caine Prize Is Alright. Right?


Something is happening at the Caine Prize. Here at Brittle Paper, our role has been to support African literary institutions […]

Chike Frankie Edozien’s Lives of Great Men Is a Finalist for the 2018 Publishing Triangle Awards

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Chike Frankie Edozien’s Lives of Great Men is a finalist for the Publishing Triangle Awards, in the Randy Shilts Award […]

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