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Our Favorite Sci-Fi Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu Publishes a Children’s Book

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For those of you who are desperately and constantly in search of African children’s books, Wanuri Kahiu’s recent collaboration with Lantana Publishing is a gift. The book, written by Kenyan writer and filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu, is titled The Wooden Camel. It tells the story of Etabo, a Turkana boy living in the Northwest of Kenya, […]

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Book Review | Niyi Osundare: A Literary Biography | Kọ́lá Túbọ̀ṣún

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  One day, when he was a child, Níyì Ọ̀ṣúndáre’s father called him into the living room to present a gift he had brought for him from Lagos. In Ìkẹ́rẹ́ Èkìtì at this time in pre-independence Nigeria, much of what now defines “enlightenment” was limited to big cities and not generally accessible to all parts […]

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Africa In Dialogue’s Visually Appealing First Issue Is Out

Africa in Dialogue‘s hotly anticipated first issue just dropped, and it is a visually appealing one. The colourful 55-page release collects eleven revealing interviews of writers, filmmakers and artists conducted by writers, filmmakers and artists. DOWNLOAD: Africa in Dialogue – First Issue Guest-edited by Saraba co-founder and author of The Sound of Things to Come, […]

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Announcing the Brittle Paper Literary Awards: The Shortlists

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August 1, 2017 was Brittle Paper‘s seventh anniversary. In celebration of this milestone, we are launching the Brittle Paper Literary Awards, to recognize the finest, original pieces of African writing published online. The awards come in five categories: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Essays/Think Pieces, and the Anniversary Award for works published on our blog. The winners in the fiction, […]

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Translating Guinea-Bissau’s First English-Language Novel | by Jethro Soutar

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In June, we brought news of the publication of the first ever novel from Guinea-Bissau to be translated into Englis.  Abdulai Sila’s The Ultimate Tragedy, published in 1995, was originally written in Portuguese. The English translation was published by Dedalus Books and launched at the Africa Writes festival in July. Jethro Soutar is the translator. In […]

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Teju Cole’s Blind Spot Features an Unusual Blend of Text and Images

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Teju Cole, that master of all intellectual trades, has a new book out. An unusual book. Even though Cole has had a successful career as a photographer, he is most widely known for his literary works. But with this new book, these two somewhat warring vocations unite in a visual art project that The Guardian is […]

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Olumide Popoola’s When We Speak of Nothing is an Ode to Queer Black Life

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Olumide Popoola recently joined Cassava Republic‘s impressive list of writers. This places her in fine company—with the likes of Sarah L. Manyika, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Nnedi Okorafor, Elnathan John, and Yemisi Aribisala. On July 3, Cassava Republic published her debut novel, When We Speak of Nothing. Popoola, a London-based Nigerian-German writer, presents a story that […]

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Michiko Kakutani Calls Ayobami Adebayo an Exceptional Storyteller

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It’s one thing to have your book reviewed by the New York Times. It’s an entirely different thing to score a review by Michiko Kakutani. In 2002, Michiko Kakutani, the beloved and revered New York Times book critic, helped kickstart Zadie Smith’s literary career with a review of White Teeth that called Smith “a gifted […]

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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Chike Frankie Edozien’s Lives of Great Men | Inside Nigeria’s First Memoir About LGBTQ Life

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Chike Frankie Edozien, professor of journalism at New York University, has a remarkable book forthcoming. The memoir, titled Lives of […]

Africa39 Author and Caine Prize Winner Mary Watson’s New Novel Arrives in 2018

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Mary Watson, Africa39 author and winner of the 2008 Caine Prize, will have her third book released in February 2018. […]

Chimamanda Adichie Covers The New York Times Style Magazine’s The Greats Issue, Alongside Nicki Minaj and Amy Adams

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the seven artists on seven covers of The New York Times Style Magazine T’s “The […]

Event: Aminatta Forna in Conversation at Oxford University

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Aminatta Forna will be in conversation with Elleke Boehmerat, Oxford Professor of World Literature in English, for an event at […]

Meet Omi, the First Yoruba Character in the Star Wars Anthology Series

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Nnedi Okorafor is known for building fictional worlds from elements drawn from African culture and narratives. Her recent contribution to […]

A Kenyan Tank Engine Joins The Hit Children’s TV Show Thomas & Friends

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Thomas the Tank Engine is the fictional character in Reverent Wilbert Awdry’s The Railway Series about steam locomotives. Thomas who […]

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