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Vol. II of 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Guest-edited by Yasmyn Belkhyr & Kayo Chingonyi, Now Available Here

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In November 2018, we published the debut volume of the 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry series. The first of its kind to focus only on poetry from across the continent, the project—edited by the Nigerian poets Ebenezer Agu, D. E. Benson, Gbenga Adeoba, and Chisom Okafor, and the visual artist Osinachi—pushed institutional boundaries […]

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Editor’s Note | 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Issue II | Ebenezer Agu

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In producing this anthology, there were challenges we had not foreseen, mostly because the individuals involved lived in different continents and time zones. Wile it has been exhausting, we have also experienced that rewarding joy of pulling off a difficult task. This year, we worked with 30 contributors, Yasmin Belkhyr and Kayo Chigonyi as guest […]

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Book Review | Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia’s The Son of the House | Ikhide Ikheloa

Triumphant Tales of Many Daughters in Houses of Hurt The smell of last night’s ora soup had clung to the walls and now climbed into my nose.” Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia, The Son of the House (p165) You will love reading The Son of the House, Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia’s debut work of fiction. You put it down but […]

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Opening Speech at the 2019 International Literature Festival | Petina Gappah

Petina Gappah is the author of the short story collections An Elegy for Easterly and Rotten Row, and of the novels The Book of Memory and Out of Darkness, Shining Light. The following is an excerpt from her opening speech at the International Literature Festival in Berlin, delivered on 11 September 2019.  I Across the […]

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The Heart of It: Working Through Xenophobia in South Africa | Ruksana Elk

READ: 15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa Talking xenophobia with South Africans of all classes evokes much emotion. In order to begin undoing xenophobia, I submit that crossing into “the emotional” is the most radical act in which to engage, collectively and individually. I write as a so-called high-skilled, documented, […]

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The Hour of Judgment | Edith Knight Magak | Fiction

THE HOUR OF judgment has come upon me, and my hope for redemption is pegged on a needle, sorcery, and a razor blade. If all fail—no, I will not think of that possibility. “Adala, Adala, look, the stool of loyalty is here.” Nyanaga’s excited voice breaks into my thoughts, and I watch passively as my […]

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This Country’s Women | Three Poems by Kyle Malanda

This Country’s Women To survive, the women in my country hide secrets beneath breasts, at the curve of spine, between each hip: the first places shame ever licked us. Tucked at the corners of our wrappers bank notes folded into our modesty to trade at the market.   There, the caverns of our bodies rattle […]

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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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“Read Salone, Build Salone”: The First Sierra Leone National Book Fair | 5-7 Dec.

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Between December 5 to December 7, Freetown, Sierra Leone, will play host to the Sierra Leone National Book Fair—the first […]

Is There a Quota of 5 Books by African Authors for Every “Best 100 Books of 2019” List?

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As yet another year draws to a close, literary lists of various sorts are once again filling our newsfeeds. During […]

Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans Longlisted for the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize

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Moroccan-American novelist Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans has recently been longlisted for the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize. Described on the Aspen Prize’s […]

Apply for SBMEN’s Workshop “Literary Criticism: Judging Dynamic Creative Writing in All Forms”| 23 November

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The Society for Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria (SBMEN) is calling for applications to its fourth (and last) editing […]

They Say There are Over 50 Translations of Things Fall Apart. Here are 61.

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How many times have you heard or read that Things Fall Apart has been translated into over 50 languages? And yet, […]

Vol. II of 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Guest-edited by Yasmyn Belkhyr & Kayo Chingonyi, Now Available Here

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In November 2018, we published the debut volume of the 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry series. The first […]

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