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BRITTLE PAPER EXCLUSIVE: Fisherwoman

You know those little circles when a bobber drops in the lake? They’re small at first then they move out further and further, getting so big and I never knew where exactly they went. All the way to the shores, perhaps. My Nana liked to fish. She used a bobber now and then hunting for […]

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The Intouchables—Racist or Cheesy?

It’s grossed 300 million dollars world wide since it was released in November, and it opens in the US—New York and L.A.—tomorrow. It’s The Intouchables, a French bromance between a quadriplegic and his carer, Driss, played by the dashing Omar Sy. It’s a typical buddy movie but carries its fair share of racial baggage. As […]

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Maurice Sendak— “I don’t know how to write a children’s book.” Watch NEW VIDEO

“I do not believe that I’ve ever written a children’s book. I don’t know how to write a children’s book,” says one of the greatest children’s book artist that ever lived. Clearly, Maurice Sendak is just messing with us.  Anyway, watch this short video of Sendak—who passed away last month—reflecting on how his ordinary Brooklyn […]

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LIT GLITZ—High Earners in Fiction Writing

I know you’ve gone far with writing that mystery novel. Don’t quite your day job just yet though ’cause it’s hard out there for a starving novelist.  On an average, authors in the UK earn about 6000 dollars annually. Yup! But then there are always exceptions to the norm of writing in the midst of […]

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Seven Tips on How to Avoid Being Starstruck

At this point, we all know the story about how Nigerian pop-singer, D’banj, met Kanye West in a hotel lobby in Dubai and how this meeting ended up, weeks later, in a record deal. D’banj is the first African act to be signed on to Good Music thanks to a chance meeting that D’banj didn’t […]

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“The Sewing of a Corpse”–Adichie

Chimamanda Adichie’s essay in the Financial Times has been making its rounds on the internet since last week when it appeared. I quite loved the second part of the essay where she reflects on loss and mourning, using some of the most thought-provoking imageries. Not to make too grand a point about an essay that […]

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Accelerating With My Eyes Closed

We move through life in chapters, as we learn to read them. Every lesson is not understood, Before we turn the page. As youth we move briskly through the book of life, Only skimming the text. Rushing to the next happenstance. Decreasingly illiterate, Nonetheless, remarkably unwise. Hastily making choices, Re-sculpting the pre-sent, before our eyes, […]

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I Heart Chicago

After a good day of novel reading and cafe lounging, I ended up at the Salvation Army not far from my house. At the thrift shop, anything can happen. You could find the first artist print of a fairly popular American painter. Or you could spend a couple hours sniffing dust and  Febreeze and find […]

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What Will Post-pandemic Fiction Look Like?

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Inevitably, every major global event affects the cultural production coming after it. So what will literature produced after and about […]

Memento, New Anthology Edited by Adedayo Agarau, Collects Notable Voices in Contemporary Nigerian Poetry 

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The American publisher Animal Heart Press has released an anthology of Nigerian poetry. Titled Memento: An Anthology of Contemporary Nigerian […]

Join Down River Road Magazine’s Virtual Book Club, Currently Reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez | #drrbookclub

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down river road, the new Nairobi-based magazine exploring the alternative in literature, music, and visual art, has launched an online […]

The 8 Writers & Journalists on OkayAfrica’s 100 Women List 2020

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OkayAfrica has released its 2020 “100 Women” list celebrating “extraordinary women from Africa and the diaspora making waves across a […]

Submit to WriteNow Magazine 3rd Edition on the Theme of Quarantine

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WriteNow is a creative writing NGO that was founded in 2017 by Nigerian writer and poet Kehinde Badiru. In partnership […]

Highlights from the Afrolit Sans Frontières Virtual Literary Festival

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In this interminable era of social distancing, social media has emerged not only as a network for writers and creators […]

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