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Introduction to The Year of Free Birds: Stories Featuring Visually Impaired Protagonists | Lizzy Attree

In October 2019, Brittle Paper will be publishing The Year of Free Birds: Stories Featuring Visually Impaired Protagonists, the second release in the Afro Anthology Series, curated by the Nigerian writer Basit Jamiu. Edited by South Africa’s Maneo Mohale and Nigeria’s Uzoma Ihejirika, contributors to it include Manu Herbstein, Ahmed Maiwada, Jason Mykl Snyman, and Prosper […]

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Her Stripes | Odah Brian | Fiction from Go the Way Your Blood Beats Anthology

Odah Brian’s “Her Stripes” is taken from Go the Way Your Blood Beats: New Short Fiction from Africa (Brittle Paper, April 2019). Edited by the South African writer Anathi Jongilanga, and with an introduction by the Somali writer and visual artist Diriye Osman, the anthology, which centers queer lives, also features work by Vuyelwa Maluleke, Tsholofelo […]

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Foreword to The Heart of the Matter: The Gerald Kraak Prize Anthology Vol. III | Otosirieze Obi-Young

The third Gerald Kraak Prize, for 2019, was awarded to the Nigerian writer OluTimehin Adegbeye in May. The Heart of the Matter, the anthology compiling the shortlisted entries for the 2019 prize, was published by Jacana Media. Here is its Foreword, by Otosirieze Obi-Young, republished with permission from Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation.  […]

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This Is How We Love | Diriye Osman | Introduction to Go the Way Your Blood Beats: New Short Fiction from Africa

On 8 April, Brittle Paper will publish Go the Way Your Blood Beats: New Short Fiction from Africa, an anthology of twelve short stories exploring queerness in Southern Africa. Edited by the South African writer Anathi Jongilanga, it is introduced by the Somali author & visual artist Diriye Osman. __________________________________________________________ THIS IS HOW WE LOVE […]

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African Literary Digest: 101 Notable Pieces of 2018

It was inevitable: compiling a list as monstrous as this would consume time, cause a delay. But here we are. 2018 came with its own firsts and highs. A new major publishing house came on board: The Indigo Press, founded by the distinguished Zimbabwean editor and critic Ellah Allfrey. A new major magazine: Kabaka, dedicated to publishing queer-centered […]

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The Vanguard Book of Love Stories | New Anthology of Short Fiction Now Available

The Vanguard Book of Love Stories is a new anthology of short fiction focused on romance. It is the third by the Nigeria-based book promotion company Vanguard Literary Services—after Gossamer: Valentine Stories (2016), introduced by Toni Kan, and Love Stories from Africa (2017), introduced by Helon Habila. Edited by the writer Nonso Anyanwu, aided by […]

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Songbird | Acan Innocent Immaculate | Fiction

Acan Innocent Immaculate’s “Songbird” is taken from Go the Way Your Blood Beats, an anthology edited by Anathi Jongilanga and forthcoming on Brittle Paper.  1. HOME IN THE OLD days, you knew when you gave birth to a musambwa. Before it released its first bewitching cry, before the liquor was cold on its skin, your mothers wrenched […]

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Review | AfroSF v3, Edited by Ivor Hartmann: Of Space Ships, Planets and the Memory of the Future | Ikhide R. Ikheloa

“African science fiction is not rising. It is here,” writes Tade Thompson in a defiant but illuminating piece about that genre of writing called African Science Fiction and Fantasy. Thompson is a proud leader of the pack of writers of African descent, or who live in the continent, who write identity-bending, mind-bending experimental stuff far […]

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Bernardine Evaristo: Your Guide to All Eight Books by the Booker Prize Winner

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While better known in the African literary scene as the founder of the massively influential Brunel International African Poetry Prize, […]

TJ Benson’s Forthcoming Novel, The Madhouse, Follows a Troubled Family Across Four Decades

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The Nigerian writer TJ Benson has a new novel set to be published by Masobe Books in 2020. A new […]

The Guardian UK Criticized for Headline Calling Bernardine Evaristo’s Booker Prize-winning Novel Obscure

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Right after Bernardine Evaristo and Margaret Atwood were announced joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, the UK’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Joint Win of the Booker Prize, with Margaret Atwood, Makes Her the First Black Woman & Second Nigerian to Receive the Honour

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The Nigerian-British novelist Bernardine Evaristo has been awarded the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, […]

The Queen of Dahomey: Episode Three | The Witches of Auchi Series | Anthony Azekwoh

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There was an old woman with a ragged scar on her cheek who lived alone on the outskirts of Dahomey. […]

Befeqadu Hailu, Ethiopian Writer-Activist & Co-founder of Zone 9 Blog, Named 2019 International Writer of Courage

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Befeqadu Hailu, the Ethiopian writer, activist, and co-founder of the Amharic-language human rights platform Zone 9 Blogging Collective, has been […]

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