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“The Future of African Literature is Bright” — Interview with Joseph Adesunloye on the Ako Caine Prize Film

The 2020 Ako Caine Prize award dinner was initially scheduled for June 23rd. But, due to the current pandemic conditions, the organizers have had to think creatively about how to celebrate the shortlisted writers without violating “government measures to slow down the spread of” the virus. Earlier in the month, it was  announced that British-Nigerian […]

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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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Nnedi Okorafor’s LaGuardia Wins 2020 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story or Comic

Nnedi Okorafor's LaGuardia Wins 2020 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story or Comic (3)

Nigeria’s Nnedi Okorafor is on a roll! Barely two weeks since bagging an Eisner Award, Okarafor wins the coveted Hugo […]

Ugandan Novelist Jennifer Makumbi on All-Female Short Story Prize Longlist

Jennifer Makumbi on All-Female Short Story Prize Longlist

Celebrated Ugandan author Jennifer Makumbi is on the longlist of the 2020 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for her debut […]

Is Oedipus Rex a Form of Detective Fiction? — Watch Episode 5 of Prof. Ato Quayson’s Vlog

Is Oedipus Rex a Form of Detective Fiction_ --- Watch Episode 5 of Prof. Ato Quayson's Vlog

The fifth episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s vlog Critic.Reading.Writing is up! As the literary vlog enters its fifth week, Quayson […]

Wole Soyinka Writes Letter of Solidarity for Detained Humanist Mubarak Bala


Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has never hesitated to speak out in the face of injustice. He recently penned a letter […]

Kenyan Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu and Ghanaian American Playwright Jocelyn Bioh Collaborating on a Disney+ Project

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Wanuri Kahiu will direct the Disney+ film adaptation of the Broadway musical, Once on This Island, reports Hollywood Reporter. Ghanaian-American […]

Treasure is a New Novella by Oyinkan Braithwaite


Calling all fans of My Sister, the Serial Killer! Oyinkan Braithwaite has a new novella out. Titled Treasure, the book […]

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