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Gerald Kraak Prize Anthology, Akwaeke Emezi, Marlon James Shortlisted for the 2020 LAMBDA Literary Awards

The shortlist for the 2020 LAMBDA Literary Awards have just been announced, and it sees a robust representation of writers from Africa and the Caribbean. Akwaeke Emezi’s Pet is nominated in the LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult category and South Africa-born author Deborah Levy’s The Man Who Saw Everything is nominated in the category of Bisexual Fiction […]

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The Anticipated Books of 2020

The year 2019 was full. In December, we released our list of The Notable Books of 2019. In January, we released our list of The Top 15 Debut Books of 2019. Now we look ahead into 2020 with our list of the most anticipated books of the year in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The buzz […]

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Winners of the 2019 Nommo Awards

On October 25, the African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) announced the winners of the 2019 Nommo Awards. The award announcement and presentation of prizes were held at a ceremony during the Ake Book and Arts Festival, which took place from October 24 to October 27 in Lagos. The ASFS is a body of African writers, […]

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Oyinkan Braithwaite, Mia Couto, Uzodinma Iweala, Cynthia Jele Longlisted for 2020 International Dublin Literary Award

The longlist for the 2020 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award has just been announced and twelve Africans are on it: Canadian author of Ghanaian heritage Esi Edugyan for Washington Black, Rwanda’s Gael Faye for Small Country, Morroco’s Leila Silmani for Lullaby, Angola’s Ondjaki for Transparent City, South Africa’s Nozizwe Cynthia Jele for The Ones With […]

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Otosirieze Obi-Young, Akwaeke Emezi, Oyinkan Braithwaite Nominated for Inaugural The Future Awards Africa Prize for Literature

Brittle Paper deputy editor Otosirieze Obi-Young has been nominated alongside four other young Nigerian writers for Africa’s biggest youth awards, The Future Awards Africa 2019, in the category of Literature. The other nominees are the writer and video artist Akwaeke Emezi, the novelist and writer Oyinkan Braithwaite, the poet, playwright, and performer Lanaire Aderemi, and […]

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Laila Lalami, Scholastique Mukasonga, & Akwaeke Emezi Are Finalists for the 2019 National Book Awards

Moroccan American novelist Laila Lalami, Rwandan novelist Scholastique Mukasonga, and Nigerian novelist Akwaeke Emezi are finalists for the 2019 National Book Awards in the US. The 25 shortlisted books and authors fall under five categories: Young People’s Literature, Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry, and Translated Literature. Lalami is nominated in the Fiction category for her fourth novel […]

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Mental Health: 8 Books by African Authors You Should Read

The subject of mental health is often synonymous with shame, silence, and the need to hide away from the world. The age-long stigma attached to it has made the conversation a difficult one to have. According to MentalHealth.gov, mental health problems are actually far more common than people think. Early warning signs range from eating […]

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African Literary Digest: 101 Notable Pieces of 2018

It was inevitable: compiling a list as monstrous as this would consume time, cause a delay. But here we are. 2018 came with its own firsts and highs. A new major publishing house came on board: The Indigo Press, founded by the distinguished Zimbabwean editor and critic Ellah Allfrey. A new major magazine: Kabaka, dedicated to publishing queer-centered […]

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An Argentinian Crocheter Made a Doll of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. We Interviewed Her.

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Fans of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie may have heard that earlier this year, she gave a keynote speech at Chile’s Future […]

Tomi Adeyemi Brings Black Girl Magic and Nigerian Excellence to Maison Valentino

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Last week, Italian fashion house Maison Valentino premiered its short film series entitled “In Conversation With” on YouTube featuring Nigerian-American […]

Between Colours, Senses, Words and Worlds: Harry Garuba’s Transition | Katleho Kano Shoro | Poetry

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For Professor Harry Garuba You are in a lime green, waterproof jacket hooded. Restlessly standing on the pavement— overhead: grey […]

Laila Lalami’s Forthcoming Memoir Conditional Citizens Recounts Her Journey from Moroccan Immigrant to U.S. Citizen

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Moroccan-American author Laila Lalami has a new book forthcoming on April 28, 2020 from Pantheon Books. Titled Conditional Citizens, the […]

Neighbors (A Quarantine-Themed Fiction) | E. C. Osondu

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My neighbor Vinny Capriani is a great neighbor. I’m happy to have him as one. I live in a state […]

Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim Longlisted for the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award

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Tope Folarin and Nnamdi Ehirim are both on the longlist of the 2020 VCU Cabell First Novel Award. The annual […]

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