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#WeTurnToBooks: An Instagram Live Series | Chibundu Onuzo

What is that angelic voice we hear? Why, that’s Chibundu Onuzo singing! Our last guest for Brittle Paper‘s Instagram Live series #WeTurnToBooks was none other than the multi-talented Chibundu Onuzo. Onuzo is the author of two novels: The Spider King’s Daughter (2012), which won a Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas […]

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#WeTurnToBooks: An Instagram Live Series | E.C. Osondu

“There is this virus that we can’t even see that is shaped like a crown, but instead of crowning people, it’s not coming with any kind of glory, it’s coming with death, and it’s killing people all over the world.” This wry observation, among others, filled our conversation with E.C. Osondu — the fourth chat […]

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#WeTurnToBooks: An Instagram Live Series | Ato Quayson

Professor Ato Quayson, in the house! For the third installment of our Instagram Live Series, #WeTurnToBooks, we were honored to host the wonderful Ato Quayson. Quayson is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada, and in 2019 was elected Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy. He is […]

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#WeTurnToBooks: An Instagram Live Series | Mukoma wa Ngũgĩ

#WeTurnToBooks is Brittle Paper‘s first ever Instagram Live series. Our second guest for the series, following Jeanne-Marie Jackson-Awotwi, was Mukoma wa Ngũgĩ. Mukoma is an Associate Professor of English at Cornell University and the author of The Rise of the African Novel: Politics of Language, Identity, and Ownership, the novels Mrs. Shaw, Black Star Nairobi, and […]

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#WeTurnToBooks: An Instagram Live Series | Jeanne-Marie Jackson-Awotwi

What do we do in times of uncertainty (such as the current global pandemic)? #WeTurnToBooks! For our first ever Instagram Live series, #WeTurnToBooks, we invited a number of literary critics and authors prominent in the African literary sphere to speak about the power of literature, reading, and writing during moments of crisis. Our very first […]

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Interview | Feminist Library in Abidjan Challenges the Erasure of Women from Africa’s Political History

Last week, we shared the news of an Abidjan-based library focused on women’s writings from the continent and the Diaspora. [Click here if you missed it.] It’s the brainchild of Edwige-Renee Dro an Ivorian writer and literary translator.  When we initially heard about the project, we instantly fell in love with it and reached out […]

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Tomi Adeyemi Brings Black Girl Magic and Nigerian Excellence to Maison Valentino

Last week, Italian fashion house Maison Valentino premiered its short film series entitled “In Conversation With” on YouTube featuring Nigerian-American author, Tomi Adeyemi, as the first guest. The film series is described by BellaNaija as “highlighting the works, insights, and inspirations of today’s top thinkers through a series of short films.” The short film is […]

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A Nasty Boy Founder Richard Akuson Announces Vincent Desmond as New Editor & Publisher | Exclusive & Interview

The emergence of A Nasty Boy, the fashion magazine founded by the Nigerian journalist and lawyer Richard Akuson in February 2017, ushered in a conversation on the dynamics of gender and nonconformity. With its textured, soulful images, often of men being vulnerable and in poses that demystified norms of masculinity, it was also a new […]

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Kwame Dawes’s “Yard Boy”: A Powerful Poem for Our Moment


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Petina Gappah to Write Play About the Censorship History of Dambudzo Marechera’s Novel Black Sunlight

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Petina Gappah recently announced that she was writing a play that focuses on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo […]

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Bri’Land glistened at me, her brilliant display of pink sand shimmering in delight.  It would seem that I had finally, […]

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The beverages most associated with reading are tea and coffee. But many readers love to cozy up in bed with […]

In This House | Inok Rosemary | Poetry

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  In this house, we sift our words, Never letting the walls hear what they shouldn’t. The fear of their […]

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