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Derek Owusu Awarded 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize

Derek Owusu Awarded 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize (1)

British author of Ghanaian heritage Derek Owusu has been awarded the 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize for his debut novel That Reminds Me, a moving, coming-of-age story about a young, black Londoner named K, dealing with issues of mental health, identity, sexuality and violence. The novel was selected winner from an exciting shortlist of black writers. […]

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My Sister, The Serial Killer Wins Crime Fiction Book of the Year

My Sister, The Serial Killer Wins Crime Fiction Book of the Year

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s comic crime thriller, My Sister, The Serial Killer (2018), has won the 2020 British Book Award for Crime Fiction Book of the Year. The British Book Awards, also known as the Nibbies, are administered by the book trade magazine, The Bookseller. Each year, the magazine awards prizes for Books of the Year in several […]

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“I Have Come Undone” | Adichie Writes Moving Statement on Grieving for Her Father

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Chimamanda Adichie’s father, Professor James Nwoye Adichie, died on Wednesday June 10, 2020. Today, the author breaks her silence around his passing with a moving, deeply personal statement on his death. She talks about the grief of losing a dearly beloved parent, how raw the pain is, and the frustrations of being stuck in the […]

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Wayétu Moore Announces New Novel Exploring Mami Wata Mythology

Wayétu Moore Announces New Novel Exploring Mami Wata Mythology

Liberian-American author Wayétu Moore is staying busy and productive. Barely a year since the release of her widely praised memoir The Dragons, The Giant, The Women (read an excerpt here),  she announces a forthcoming book. The book, which is titled Melanchta is her second novel, following her debut work She Would Be King (reviewed here) […]

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#WeTurnToBooks: An Instagram Live Series | Ayesha Harruna Attah

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Over the course of Brittle Paper‘s #WeTurnToBooks series, we’ve had eye-opening conversations on Instagram Live with hugely popular novelists like Nnedi Okorafor and Kiru Taye, literary scholars like Jeanne Marie Jackson-Awotwi and Ato Quayson, genre-crossing writers like Mukoma wa Ngũgĩ and Chibundu Onuzo, as well as masters of the short story form like E.C. Osondu […]

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Don’t Miss the BIGSAS Festival of African & African-Diasporic Literatures Featuring Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, Véronique Tadjo, Achille Mbembe and Many More

BIGSAS Festival of African & African-Diasporic Literatures

This year’s BIGSAS Festival of African and African Literature will take place on July 3 & 4 via live stream on YouTube. The 2020 festival is hosted by Dr. Susan Arndt, professor of Transcultural English Literature at Bayreuth University. This year’s theme is “Care, Responsibility and Solidarity: Narrating Resistance in Arts, Academia and Activism.” It […]

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What’s Cooking? Novelist Alain Mabanckou Turns Instagram Chef

_Novelist Alain Mabanckou Turns Instagram Chef (1)

You might know Alain Mabanckou as arguably the best dressed African novelist and the author of classics like Broken Glass and African Psycho, in addition to Professor of Literature at UCLA. You can now add Instagram Chef to the list. It all started when lockdown hit, and Mabanckou shared a video of himself making the […]

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Eloghosa Osunde’s Debut Novel Vagabonds Will Be Published in 2021 by Riverhead Books

Eloghosa Osunde Debut Novel Vagabonds Published in 2021 by Riverhead Books (1)

Nigerian writer Eloghosa Osunde’s debut novel Vagabonds will be published by Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Group, in 2021. This comes as welcome news as Osunde’s debut novel has been highly anticipated. The publishers described Vagabonds as: “a tumultuous and unexpectedly joyous novel of oppression and defiance among the people and spirits of Lagos.” […]

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Derek Owusu Awarded 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize

Derek Owusu Awarded 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize (1)

British author of Ghanaian heritage Derek Owusu has been awarded the 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize for his debut novel That […]

My Sister, The Serial Killer Wins Crime Fiction Book of the Year

My Sister, The Serial Killer Wins Crime Fiction Book of the Year

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s comic crime thriller, My Sister, The Serial Killer (2018), has won the 2020 British Book Award for Crime Fiction […]

“I Have Come Undone” | Adichie Writes Moving Statement on Grieving for Her Father

chimamanda Adichie tribute father james nwoye adichie

Chimamanda Adichie’s father, Professor James Nwoye Adichie, died on Wednesday June 10, 2020. Today, the author breaks her silence around […]

Submit to Ouida Books’ New Imprint on Technology in Africa

Ouida Books is Currently Accepting Submissions for Her New Imprint LWM (2)

Lagos-based publishing press Ouida Books is accepting submissions for its new imprint LWM. LMW is the third addition to the […]

Wayétu Moore Announces New Novel Exploring Mami Wata Mythology

Wayétu Moore Announces New Novel Exploring Mami Wata Mythology

Liberian-American author Wayétu Moore is staying busy and productive. Barely a year since the release of her widely praised memoir […]

Tsitsi Dangarembga Petitions Parliament of Zimbabwe for Removal of Health Minister Obadiah Moyo

Tsitsi Dangarembga Obadiah Moyo (1)

On June 19, 2020, Zimbabwe Health Minister Obadiah Moyo was arrested on corruption charges for engaging in an illegal 60 […]

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