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The Impossibly Dapper Novelist: A Look at Alain Mabanckou’s Style File

From Chimamanda Adichie’s widely-publicized made-in-Nigeria wardrobe to Teju Cole’s Ikire Jones scarves to Prof Ato Quayson’s fedora hats, fashion and style have become a new mode of self-expression among African literary figures. They effortlessly blend literary success and a love for style. In so doing, these writers have transformed the idea of the public intellectual into […]

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Shortlist Announced for the 2016 Morland Writing Scholarship

Three months ago, we announced that The Miles Morland Foundation was accepting applications for a writer’s scholarship. The shortlist for the prestigious Morland Writing Scholarship is finally here, and there are few surprises. Of the 500 applications received from 37 countries, only 22 names representing 7 countries made the shortlist. In about two weeks, this […]

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African Literature on Instagram Vol. 8 | Chibundo Onuzo’s Style File

Chibundu Onuzo recently announced the forthcoming release of her new book. It’s titled Welcome to Lagos. The cover is gorgeous. We even shared it here last week. [click here if you missed it.] All that is great news, but that’s not what we want to talk about this Friday afternoon. How about the fact that […]

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African Writer Style Guide | 12 Times African Writers Gave Us Major Hair Goals

  Even before Chimamanda Adichie first became publicly vocal about the political implications of natural hair, black women across the world have been ditching chemical relaxers to embrace natural or natural-looking hair and finding beauty in their own skin. African writers in particular are no exception to this trend. In fact chances are that your favorite […]

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Our Ali: African Writers Reflect on Icon Muhammad Ali’s Legacy

Muhammad Ali is the boxing legend who shook his generation and changed what it meant to be black, bold and fearless. After a three decade-long battle with Parkinson’s disease, he passed away on Friday at the age of 74. Since then, people have used social media platforms to share tweets, images and videos mourning his loss and celebrating […]

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Dear Ms. Paper: How Do I Stop Hating on My Successful (African Writer) Friend

Dear Ms. Paper: One of writer friends just made the long list of a prestigious literary prize. We both live in Lagos and have been friends for years now. When she told me about the longlist, I tried to sound excited. I even posted congratulatory messages on social media. But, if I have to be honest to myself, […]

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African Writers on Writing | Lauren Beukes Likens Writing to a Virus, an Infection, and a Parasite

There are aspiring African writers out there working hard to produce good work. To help them get ahead in the literary hustle, we  keep an eye out for words of encouragement and advice from successful African authors. This edition of the “African Writers on Writing” series comes straight out of South Africa where all sorts of interesting […]

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African Writers on Writing | Yvonne Owuor on Entering the Zone

Yvonne Owuor is the author of Dust, a lyrical novel about loss and mourning. She was born in Kenya and won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2003. With stern discipline, I rise with the first bird, salute the dawn, have a healthy breakfast of fruits. [I] wander over to my faux-oak desk, tap the […]

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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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She Cannot Write a ​Boring Sentence: Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s House of Stone Praised by Helon Habila

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Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s novel House of Stone, an exploration of family history, colonial Rhodesia, and the birth of modern Zimbabwe, […]

Sisonke Msimang Profiled in The Wall Street Journal

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South African writer and activist Sisonke Msimang, author of the memoir Always Another Country and the forthcoming collection of essays […]

Reneilwe Malatji’s Short Story Collection, Love Interrupted, is an Intimate Portrait of Womanhood in South Africa

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Reneilwe Malatji’s debut short story collection, Love Interrupted, was published on August 7 in the U.S., by Catalyst Press. Its […]

In Conversation with Hadiza El-Rufai, Author of An Abundance of Scorpions | Deaduramilade Tawak

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Hadiza El-Rufai, founder of the Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation, debuted a novel this year, An Abundance of Scorpions, for which she recently […]

I Started Reading and Just Stopped Halfway and Thought—This is Really Bad | What Achebe, Soyinka, Adichie, Forna, Teju Cole and Serpell Thought About VS Naipaul

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VS Naipaul, Nobel Prize and Booker Prize-winning novelist and nonfiction writer, passed on days ago at 85 years of age. […]

This Mournable Body, the Last Book in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Tambudzai Trilogy, is Here

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This Mournable Body, the last book in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s trilogy which includes the modern classic Nervous Conditions (1988) and The Book of […]

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