Subscribe to Newsletter
Monthly Newsletter: Join more than 5,000 African literature enthusiasts!
Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our "Guide to African Novels."
Archive | Lit Scene RSS feed for this section

What’s Cooking? Novelist Alain Mabanckou Turns Instagram Chef

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 […]

Read More 0 Comments

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

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.” […]

Read More 0 Comments

A Short Film Co-Written & Co-Produced by Chibundu Onuzo Makes the ABFF HBO Film Competition Shortlist

Dolapo is Fine, a short film co-written and co-produced by Nigerian novelist Chibundu Onuzo, is one of five finalists for the 2020 American Black Film Festival’s Annual HBO Short Film Competition. Onuzo shared the news on Instagram, noting that Dolapo is Fine is the only entry from outside the United States to emerge finalist for […]

Read More 0 Comments

Spotted: Sex & the City Star Sarah Jessica Parker Holding Wayétu Moore’s Memoir in New York City

“Carrie Bradshaw” of Sex & the City was spotted toting The Dragons, The Giant, The Women, Wayétu Moore’s debut memoir about her experience with surviving the Liberian civil war and her journey to healing and rebuilding. Seeing these pics of SJP was a peak career moment for Moore. In sharing this news on her Instagram […]

Read More 0 Comments

Watch | Panel on the Theme of Isolation in the Writings of Wole Soyinka and James Joyce

On June 16, the Embassy of Ireland in Abuja hosted a discussion panel in celebration of Bloomsday. For those who are not familiar with the term, Bloomsday is the commemoration of the life and works of the great Irish writer James Joyce. The discussion panel, titled “From Joyce to Soyinka,” featured linguist Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún and […]

Read More 3 Comments

The Ako Caine Prize Releases Statement on Equality and Inclusivity

The Ako Caine Prize Chair Ellah P. Wakatama OBE signed a statement affirming the institution’s unwavering support for inclusivity and equality. At a time when racism and transphobia, homophobia, and sexism are at the forefront of conversations about equality, The Caine Prize takes a stand against any attempt to stifle the voices of African writers. […]

Read More 0 Comments

Helon Habila’s Travelers Shortlisted for the 2020 James Tait Black Memorial Prize

Nigerian writer Helon Habila has been shortlisted for the 2020 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel Travellers, which follows the journey of characters from several African countries making their way across Europe. Also on the shortlist for the fiction category are Irish novelist Edna O’brien for Girl, a Chibok girls-inspired novel, Booker-shortlisted author Lucy […]

Read More 3 Comments

#WeTurnToBooks: An Instagram Live Series | Abubakar Adam Ibrahim

What is the responsibility of a writer from a region that is underrepresented both within the archive of Anglophone African and world literature? And what is the responsibility of a reader when approaching works from such regions? These were the questions which framed our #WeTurnToBooks conversation with Abubakar Adam Ibrahim. Ibrahim is the author of […]

Read More 0 Comments

Welcome to Brittle Paper, your go-to site for African writing and literary culture. We bring you all the latest news and juicy updates on publications, authors, events, prizes, and lifestyle. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@brittlepaper) and sign up for our "I love African Literature" newsletter.

Monthly Newsletter!

Subscribe for African literature news, and receive a free copy of our
"Guide to African Novels."


Nnedi Okorafor’s LaGuardia Wins 2020 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story or Comic

Nnedi Okorafor's LaGuardia Wins 2020 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story or Comic (3)

Nigeria’s Nnedi Okorafor is on a roll! Barely two weeks since bagging an Eisner Award, Okarafor wins the coveted Hugo […]

Ugandan Novelist Jennifer Makumbi on All-Female Short Story Prize Longlist

Jennifer Makumbi on All-Female Short Story Prize Longlist

Celebrated Ugandan author Jennifer Makumbi is on the longlist of the 2020 Edge Hill Short Story Prize for her debut […]

Is Oedipus Rex a Form of Detective Fiction? — Watch Episode 5 of Prof. Ato Quayson’s Vlog

Is Oedipus Rex a Form of Detective Fiction_ --- Watch Episode 5 of Prof. Ato Quayson's Vlog

The fifth episode of Professor Ato Quayson’s vlog Critic.Reading.Writing is up! As the literary vlog enters its fifth week, Quayson […]

Wole Soyinka Writes Letter of Solidarity for Detained Humanist Mubarak Bala


Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has never hesitated to speak out in the face of injustice. He recently penned a letter […]

Kenyan Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu and Ghanaian American Playwright Jocelyn Bioh Collaborating on a Disney+ Project

once on this island wanuri kahiu joselyn bioh (1)

Wanuri Kahiu will direct the Disney+ film adaptation of the Broadway musical, Once on This Island, reports Hollywood Reporter. Ghanaian-American […]

Treasure is a New Novella by Oyinkan Braithwaite


Calling all fans of My Sister, the Serial Killer! Oyinkan Braithwaite has a new novella out. Titled Treasure, the book […]

Thanks for signing up!

Never miss out on new posts. Subscribe to a digest, too:

No thanks, I only want the monthly newsletter.