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Tejumola Olaniyan, Eminent Professor of English and African Cultural Studies, Dies at 60

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Tejumola Olaniyan, eminent professor of English and African literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, died of heart failure in Madison, Wisconsin, on Saturday, November 30, 2019. He had turned 60 in April this year. Tejumola Olaniyan was Louise Durham Mead Professor of English and Wole Soyinka Professor of the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, […]

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Nnedi Okorafor Tweets About Her Tesla Problem. Elon Musk Steps In.

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Nnedi Okorafor recently ran into an issue with her newly acquired Tesla. And CEO/co-founder of Tesla Inc. Elon Musk, fresh off his short-lived hiatus from Twitter, could not resist giving her a hand. Here’s what happened. On November 1, Okorafor tweeted about how her condominium board members refused her request for an electric car charging […]

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Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Nnamdi Oguike Among Authors Lined Up for the 2019 Crater Literary Festival, Dec. 12-14

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Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, 2010 winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (Africa), and Nnamdi Oguike, one of the winners of the 2019 Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship, are among the writers lined up for events at the 2019 Crater Literary Festival. An initiative of Crater Library & Publisher in collaboration with AfricaWeek […]

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Cover Reveal for Ikenga, Nnedi Okorafor’s Debut for Middle Grade Readers

It’s hard to keep up with Nnedi Okorafor. One minute she’s creating a TV production company for Africanfuturist stories, the next she’s winning the Nommo Award. What we’re currently excited about, though, is Okorafor’s upcoming book, Ikenga. Okorafor recently revealed the book’s cover on social media. 🚨 Cover reveal 🚨 My next novel IKENGA (due […]

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Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Virtue and Vengeance Selected as Good Morning America Book Club December Read, First Six Chapters Now Available

Tomi Adeyemi’s much-anticipated Children of Virtue and Vengeance, the second installment of her Legacy of Orïsha trilogy, is the December book club read for Good Morning America, a highly successful morning show on ABC. In introducing the novel, Good Morning America host Robin Roberts said that the novel could be described as “a cross between Game of Thrones and Black […]

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KIWI Films Acquires Film Rights to Kopano Matlwa’s Coconut

South African production company KIWI Films has recently optioned novelist Kopano Matlwa’s debut Coconut for a feature film adaptation. The Pontas Agency, Matlwa’s agents, announced the sale of the novel’s audiovisual rights on November 21, 2019.   View this post on Instagram   Kopano Matlwa’s novel COCONUT will be adapted as a feature feature film. […]

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Otosirieze Obi-Young Wins Inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature

We’re thrilled (read: jumping) to announce that Brittle Paper‘s Deputy Editor Otosirieze Obi-Young has won the inaugural The Future Awards Africa Prize for Literature—his very first award win. The other four nominees were the writer and video artist Akwaeke Emezi, the novelist Oyinkan Braithwaite, the poet and performer Lanaire Aderemi, and the poet Ijeoma Umebinyuo. […]

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The 4 Winners of the 2019 Miles Morland Scholarship

The 2019 Miles Morland Foundation Writing Scholarship has been awarded to four writers. Two Kenyans, Gloria Mwaniga Odari and Parselelo Kantai, won for fiction and nonfiction respectively, with Liberia’s Hawa Jande Golakai and Nigeria’s Nnamdi Oguike both winning for fiction. This year saw almost 700 entries, from 27 countries—including Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Cameroon, Cote […]

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The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for Poetry: Meet The 5 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Anniversary Award: Meet The 6 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards […]

This Blood That Not Even the Mountains Can Hold: Megan Ross Rereads Sarah Godsell’s Liquid Bones

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“this country of blood” It is just under a year since Impepho Press published Sarah Godsell’s second poetry collection, Liquid […]

On Transatlantic Shame | I. S. Jones | Poetry

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nothing is earned unless something is lost. the ocean grants safe passage, but i fear the cost is too great. […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction: Meet The 4 Finalists

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards […]

Apply to Study for an MFA in Creative Writing at Texas State University

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The creative writing program at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas is currently accepting applications for a Master’s in Fine […]

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