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African Literature on Instagram Vol. 9 | Meet the It Girl of African Bookstagram

All over Instagram, readers share eye-catching photographs of books. This community of book loving photographers are called bookstagrammers and have become an established part of global book culture. For those who don’t know, African literature has its bookstagramming ambassadors, one of whom we are delighted to introduce to you. Zaynab Quadri curates an Instagram page (@zaynabtyty) where […]

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African Lit on Instagram Vol. 7 | Say Hi to Lauren Beukes and her Green Locks

Have you ever felt the need to update our look—new hair color, unusual nail design, edgier clothing style—but lacked the will to take the big step? We found the perfect African literary icon to inspire you into taking that plunge towards reinventing your style. In May, South Africa’s top speculative fiction writer, Lauren Beukes, debuted her newly dyed […]

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African Literature on Instagram Vol. 6 | Okorafor’s Butterfly Obsession Explained

When Nnedi Okorafor is not writing brilliant, award-winning novels about aliens, we now have reason to believe that she’s sometimes outdoors taking pictures of a different kind of non-human species—butterflies! The scifi author has always been open about her endearing affinity for small animals in general but especially “big, beautiful, harmless, winged” ones. If you’re just learning […]

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African Literature on Instagram Vol. 5 | Lauren Beukes and Joey Hifi Take America!

“Hello New York,” Lauren Beukes wrote on Instagram [@laurenbeukes], “I have traveled for 26 hours to see you, including limbo time in airports, to do these cool things in town this week.” She goes on to reel out a list of events and appearances. This was last month when she and Dale Halvorsen aka Joey Hifi […]

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African Literature on Instagram Vol 4. | Chibundu Onuzo and the Writing Life

African Literature on Instagram is so much fun to curate. It allows us to tell the story of contemporary African fiction through images. [Click HERE to see the ones you’ve missed] This week’s edition welcomes Chibundu Onuzo, the newest inductee into the African literary instagang. You can find her at @chibundu.onuzo. Onuzo is a UK-based Nigerian […]

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African Literature on Instagram Vol. 3 | Taiye Selasi: The Jet-setting Literary Diva

It’s yet another edition of the “African Literature on Instagram” series, and we can’t wait to take you into the magical world of Taiye Selasi, the author of Ghana Must Go. [Check out African Literature on Instagram Vol 1 and Vol 2] Today, African literary figures are not satisfied with just being writers. They tend to […]

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African Literature on Instagram Vol. 2 | Chris Abani on Literature and the Writing Life

We are posting another edition of “African Literature on Instagram”— by popular demand! It’s such a fun post to curate because we get to tell the story of contemporary African fiction through images. [Click HERE if you missed the first edition] This week, Chris Abani is very much on our minds. His writings are great, but […]

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African Literature on Instagram Vol. 1

It’s been such a hectic week. I can’t wait to have a relaxing weekend. I have family visiting from out of town, so I’m envisioning delicious dinners and great conversations. Wishing you all a lovely weekend! Meanwhile, to keep things fun here at Brittle Paper, here are pictures of African novels sourced from Instagram. Enjoy! […]

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What’s Cooking? Novelist Alain Mabanckou Turns Instagram Chef

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You might know Alain Mabanckou as arguably the best dressed African novelist and the author of classics like Broken Glass […]

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