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Translator Publishes List of 146 Books by 66 African Authors Selling in Chinese

A translator of Chinese into English, Bruce Humes, has published a list of 146 books by 66 African authors selling in China. In his list, some of the books, likely academic texts, are grouped under “Introduction to African Drama,” “Introduction to African Epics,” “Introduction to African Literature,” “Poetry Collections,” “Short Story Collections,” and “Taiwan Editions.” […]

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Alain Mabanckou’s 11th Novel, Black Moses, Wins 2018 Hurston-Wright Legacy Award for Fiction

Alain Mabanckou’s Black Moses has won the 2018 Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. The Congolese writer and UCLA professor’s 11th novel, which was longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize, won in the fiction category, ahead of finalists American Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing, which won the 2017 National Book Award for Fiction, and South Africa-based Nigerian Yewande […]

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The Man Booker Prizes, African Writers, and the Deceptive Politics of Identity | Nzube Ifechukwu

I got to know about the Man Booker Prize in 2008, from the front cover of a pirated copy of Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah lying about in our home. On it, this white front cover of Achebe’s novel, is written in bold black uppercase letters: Booker Shortlist 1987. But it was not until […]

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Alain Mabanckou Has Resigned from the 2018 Caine Prize Judging Panel

Days ago, we ran an editorial on the seemingly unsteady state of affairs at the Caine Prize since Dr Lizzy Attree, director of the Prize since 2011, stepped aside from her role. We pointed out that little publicity was happening at the Prize, that the Prize was looking for a new Administrator, and crucially, that we had […]

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The Caine Prize Is Alright. Right?

Something is happening at the Caine Prize. Here at Brittle Paper, our role has been to support African literary institutions and spaces, to situate them in discourses, ignite conversations about their place, and in this, none has benefited more than the Caine Prize: we review the shortlisted stories, play up the announcements, and document conversations […]

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African Literary Digest: 79 Notable Pieces of 2017

It isn’t that time of the year when we look back on what happened in it—that time is December, and this is February. But a delay in releasing this list seemed inevitable for a year that, on several levels, saw our literary culture expand. Organisations took groundbreaking steps: in March, Jalada Africa held a 12-city, […]

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Alain Mabanckou Turns Down Invitation from France’s President Emmanuel Macron

Alain Mabanckou, the biggest name in Francophone African literature, has turned down an invitation from France’s president Emmanuel Macron to join a Francophone project, reports QZ. The project, which is aimed at promoting the French language worldwide, had been conceived by Macron with advice from some thinkers from Francophone Africa, and was highlighted in his […]

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Alain Mabanckou and Alexis Okeowo Longlisted for 2018 PEN America Awards

Congolese star author Alain Mabanckou’s 11th novel Black Moses and Nigerian The New Yorker staff-writer Alexis Okeowo’s nonfiction book A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa have been longlisted for the 2018 PEN America Awards—Mabanckou for the PEN Translation Prize, Okeowo for the PEN Open Book Award. The PEN Translation Prize […]

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15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

Read the First Excerpt from Petina Gappah’s New Novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light

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Petina Gappah‘s new novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light was released on 10 September by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. […]

We Need To Talk | Muriel Adhiambo | Fiction

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IT WAS A warm, humid night in the lakeside city of Kisumu. Under a starless sky, the women, seated on […]

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Press release: What’s your diabetes story? Are you diabetic? Have you been impacted by the experiences of a family/friend/patient with […]

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