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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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Mabanckou, Mengestu, Shoneyin: The Caine Prize Recruits Big Names as 2018 Judges

For its 2018 edition, the Caine Prize has recruited a host of big names for its panel of judges. Alain Mabanckou, Dinaw Mengestu, Lola Shoneyin: it looks like an actual shortlist the Caine Prize itself might have announced in its early years in the 2000s. The three are joined by the prize’s 2007 finalist and […]

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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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An Excerpt from Alain Mabanckou’s Man Booker Prize-nominated Black Moses

Alain Mabanckou’s eleventh novel, Black Moses, was longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize. It was translated from French by Helen Stevenson. Described by The Guardian as “Oliver Twist in 1970s Africa,” the book was published in the UK by Serpent’s Tail and in the US by The New Press. Straddling both Francophone and Anglophone […]

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Alain Mabanckou’s 11th Novel Longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize

Star-writer Alain Mabanckou’s eleventh novel, Black Moses, has been longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker International Prize. Mabanckou has been described by The Guardian UK as “Africa’s Samuel Beckett…one of the continent’s greatest living writers.” This nomination is the second for the Congolese novelist who was also shortlisted in 2015. At the time, the prize was awarded in celebration […]

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Interview | Alain Mabanckou Talks Tutuola, Exile, and His Love of Fashion

  When writer, Alain Mabanckou, mentioned that he had been exiled from his home country of Congo Brazzaville during a panel discussion at the recently concluded Ake Festival, I knew we needed to have a conversation about this. Spotting a print shirt, blue jeans, and brown fedora, it would have been hard to guess this […]

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The Magic of Childhood Captured in Six African Novels

Childhood is a stage in life that captivates us all, in part, because it is so elusive. Once we come of age, the experience of being a child—the innocence, bewilderment, and vulnerabilities—are immediately lost to an irrecoverable past. That’s why stories about children trying to make sense of a perplexing world have always been so powerful. […]

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4 Times an African Writer Rewrote a Western Classic and Nailed It

  Here are four instances when an African writer reproduced or drew inspiration from a western classic and ended up giving the original a much needed makeover. *** Our Sister Killjoy  (1977, Ghana) Heart of Darkness tells the story of a British sailor who travels the river Congo in search of a lost explorer. The […]

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards […]

Apply to Study for an MFA in Creative Writing at Texas State University

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The creative writing program at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas is currently accepting applications for a Master’s in Fine […]

BBC Apologises to Bernardine Evaristo Over Presenter’s “Another Author” Reference, Following Twitter Backlash

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Last night, the BBC was at the receiving end of a storm on Twitter when a presenter failed to name […]

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The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, […]

The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for Essays & Think Pieces: Meet The 5 Finalists

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“Do you not want to ever see me again?” my mother said to me on the phone one day in […]

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