Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 3,000 African literature enthusiasts!
Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our "Guide to African Novels."
Archive | Features RSS feed for this section

The Orange Book Prize in Africa, Set for 2019, Will Honour the Best Francophone Fiction Book Published in the Continent

black moses

A new literary prize has been launched. The €10,000 Orange Book Prize in Africa, set to debut in 2019, will honour the best Francophone fiction book published in the continent: “a fiction text written in French by an African writer and published by a publishing house based on the African continent.” All kinds of fiction […]

Read More 0 Comments

Tope Folarin’s Debut Novel Is Set for Summer 2019 Release

Tope Folarin’s debut novel is titled A Particular Kind of Black Man and is set for a summer 2019 release by American publisher Simon and Schuster. Folarin became one of the break out stars of African literature in 2013 after he won the Caine Prize for African Writing. His winning short story titled “Miracle” is […]

Read More 0 Comments

#WeLoveBooks | Elsewhere, Home by Leila Aboulela

Any plans to read a book this weekend? Ditch that novel you’ve been thinking about and check out Leila Aboulela’s short story collection Elsewhere, Home. It was published by Grove Atlantic earlier this year. The collection contains 13 stories about the imagination of home as loss and desire. Aboulela is an endearing storyteller. There is a […]

Read More 0 Comments

Read the First Review of Chigozie Obioma’s New Novel, An Orchestra of Minorities

What we have waited for months: the first review of Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities. The arrival of Obioma’s 464-page second novel is one we tracked for over a year: from when Little, Brown acquired rights to it in May 2017 to the cover and publication date reveal in January of this year. Originally slated […]

Read More 0 Comments

Safy-Hallan Farah’s Zine Project, 1991, Aims to Re-present Contemporary Somali Literary and Visual Culture

Somali writer Safy-Hallan Farah is a believer in the vivacity of cultures and storytelling. A journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, Nylon, and Paper, she decided to start a new project dedicated to re-presenting contemporary Somali culture through coverage of the writing and images of the country’s diaspora artists and intellectuals. The magazine, 1991, is co-founded with Vietnamese […]

Read More 1 Comment

Chimamanda Adichie Will Moderate Michelle Obama’s Book Event at Southbank Center

Michelle Obama has an event for her new memoir Becoming at Southbank Centre, London, and Chimamanda Adichie will be having a live chat session with her. The news was announced on Southbank Centre’s event page. As you can imagine, Adichie’s fans are beyond delighted. The event will take place at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall […]

Read More 1 Comment

Tafelberg Apologizes for Using Unauthorized Quotes by Sisonke Msimang, Palesa Morudu, and Redi Tlhabi on New Winnie Mandela Book

South Africa-based publisher Tafelberg has apologized for using unauthorized quotes by Sisonke Msimang, Palesa Morudu, and Redi Tlhabi on a new book on Winnie Mandela—Truth, Lies and Alibis: A Winnie Mandela Story, by journalist Fred Bridgland. The apology came days after Msimang and Morudu called out the move to use their words on the jacket of a […]

Read More 0 Comments

Mukoma wa Ngugi on the Problems of Masculinity, the Need for Male Feminists, and Books to Learn From

Mukoma wa Ngugi is one of our clearest thinkers. His new book, The Rise of the African Novel: Politics of Language, Identity and Ownership (University of Michigan Press, 2018), an exploration of foundational developments on the African literary scene, tackles essential questions of African literary traditions and generations. In a new interview with Quartz, he talks […]

Read More 0 Comments

Welcome to Brittle Paper, your go-to site for African writing and literary culture. We bring you all the latest news and juicy updates on publications, authors, events, prizes, and lifestyle. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@brittlepaper) and sign up for our "I love African Literature" newsletter.

Monthly Newsletter!

Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our
"Guide to African Novels."

Archives

Out There: 5 Talkbits on War Futures in Outer Spaces | Ainehi Edoro, Camae Ayewa, Rasheeda Phillips, Keith Spencer & Jamie Thomas in Conversation

out there - graph

As part of its Horizons of the Humanities initiative, the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) will be hosting […]

Excerpt #2 | My Sister, The Serial Killer | by Oyinkan Braithwaite

my sister the serial killer

FATHER   Ayoola inherited the knife from him (and by “inherited” I mean she took it from his possessions before […]

Scholastique Mukasonga’s Novel, Our Lady of the Nile, in Film Production as Short Story Appears in The New Yorker

Scholastique Mukasonga by Sunday Times

Rwanda’s best known contemporary writer, Scholastique Mukasonga, author of the novel Our Lady of the Nile (2015) and the memoir Cockroaches […]

The 2018 Brittle Paper Anniversary Award: Meet the 8 Finalists

brittle paper anniversary award

The shortlists for the 2018 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in October. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards aim to recognize the […]

Demons in the Villa | Excerpt from Ebenezer Obadare’s Pentecostal Republic

pentecostal republics ebenezer obadare

Pentecostal Republic takes a hard look at the influence of pentecostalism in Nigerian politics. Prof. Obadare is a sociologist, who […]

Yasmin Belkhyr, Romeo Oriogun, Liyou Libsekal, JK Anowe Featured in Forthcoming 20.35 Africa Anthology Guest-Edited by Gbenga Adesina and Safia Elhillo

20.35 africa contributors

In February, we announced a call for submissions for a new poetry project. The anthology, 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, […]

Thanks for signing up!

Never miss out on new posts. Subscribe to a digest, too:

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.