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My Sister, The Serial Killer Shortlisted for the 2020 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, the Serial Killer has been shortlisted for the 2020 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. She is the only debut author on the shortlist of six and the only one making an appearance for the first time. The other shortlisted titles include Worse Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald; The […]

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#WeTurnToBooks: An Instagram Live Series | Kiru Taye

“Why aren’t there Africans in these stories falling in love and being happy in love?” This was a question that Kiru Taye had asked herself as she was reading works by authors like Buchi Emecheta. Wondering about the constant portrayal of “miserable” Africans and lack of “joy” in such books eventually led Taye to begin […]

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Read a Story from the Forthcoming Translation of Scholastique Mukasonga’s Collection Igifu

Rwandan author Scholastique Mukasonga’s Igifu was first published in French in 2010. Now, ten years later, this collection of autobiographical stories will be made available to English readers through the efforts of translator Jordan Stump. Below is a description of the book from its English publisher, Archipelago Books. Scholastique Mukasonga’s autobiographical stories rend a glorious […]

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Submit to Write Ghana’s Ga Poetry Anthology

Write Ghana is a literary non-profit that showcases, promotes and documents Ghanaian languages and literature. One of their initiatives is an annual literary festival in collaboration with Goethe Institut as well as a short story prize for literature in Ghanaian languages. They recently put out a call for submissions for an anthology of poetry in […]

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Submit to Jalada 09 Anthology, Themed Nostalgia

Literary collective Jalada has put out a call for submissions for their ninth anthology. Founded in 2013, their seven-year existence has seen the release of several successful anthologies and ambitious projects, such as the publication of a short story by Ngugi wa Thiong’o in 33 languages. Jalada is currently asking writers to contribute to their […]

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Stella Gaitano Eddo’s Souls is First South Sudanese Novel to Win PEN Translates Award

Last week, English PEN announced 19 winners of the PEN Translates Award. The winners came from fifteen countries with works in 13 different languages. With support from English PEN and Arts Council England, the award funds up to 75% of translation costs for selected projects. The PEN Translates award encourages publishers in the UK to […]

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Ake Review is Accepting Submissions for its 2020 Edition

Ake Review is the annual publication of the Ake Arts and Book Festival. The publication is currently accepting submissions for their 2020 edition. The 2020 Ake Arts and Book Festival, which will be held online, is themed “African Time.” Writers are invited to submit poetry, fiction, non-fiction and visual art exploring the theme. The editors […]

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Sarah Ladipo Manyika on 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize Jury

The Aspen Words Literary Prize committee has announced the judges for the 2021 prize, and British-Nigerian writer Sarah Ladipo Manyika is one of them. At $35,000, The Aspen Words Literary Prize is one of the largest prizes in the US and is open to novels and short story collections from writers of any nationality, addressing […]

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Is This Us? The Many Holes in Nigerian-American Portrayal of the Nigerian Experience | Damilola Oyedele | Essay

Yvonne Orji Nigerian Americans about Nigeria

A few weeks ago, as I watched Yvonne Orji explain Nigerian slang to her audience, feelings I couldn’t immediately name […]

The Meaning of Guernica | Umar Abubakar Sidi | Poetry

Guernica Umar Abubakar Sidi poetry (1)

  Guernica Celebration of modern fascism Horrific devastation in the Basque town of Guernica Monochrome grisaille Crawling analysis of the […]

#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 […]

Booker Prize Foundation Cuts Ties with Baroness Nicholson Over Transphobia Accusations

Booker Prize Foundation Baroness Nicholson

On June 24, 2020, The Booker Prize Foundation released a statement announcing the removal of Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne as […]

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 […]

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 […]

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