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Chigozie Obioma Recovers From COVID-19 and “Feels Thankful”

The literary community has not been spared the onslaught of the covid-19 pandemic. Activities ranging from festivals to book tours have been canceled in line with social distancing policies intended to contain the spread of the virus. Perhaps more distressing is the impact of the virus on the health of our authors. Award-winning author Chigozie […]

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Check Out This List of Literary Agencies Representing Africans

When he’s not writing or making panel decisions or googling Rihanna, Otosirieze Obi-Young runs a personal blog on his website, where he occasionally puts up posts of movie reviews or reposts short stories or writing life advice. Recently, he posted a list of literary agencies, most of which are open to submissions from African writers. Drawing […]

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Is There a Quota of 5 Books by African Authors for Every “Best 100 Books of 2019” List?

As yet another year draws to a close, literary lists of various sorts are once again filling our newsfeeds. During the first week of November 2019, BBC Arts released a list titled “100 Novels That Shaped Our World.” On that list, Brittle Paper noted that there were five novels by African authors which, in the words […]

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Bernardine Evaristo’s Joint Win of the Booker Prize, with Margaret Atwood, Makes Her the First Black Woman & Second Nigerian to Receive the Honour

The Nigerian-British novelist Bernardine Evaristo has been awarded the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction, for her novel Girl, Woman, Other, her eighth book in a career gloriously distinguished both by experimental fiction and exceptional community service. It was a joint win with the Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood, whose The Testament, the sequel to the classic […]

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Bernardine Evaristo & Chigozie Obioma Shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction, Alongside Margaret Atwood & Salman Rushdie

Bernardine Evaristo, for her eighth book Girl, Woman, Other, and Chigozie Obioma, for his second novel An Orchestra of Minorities, have been shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize, worth £50,000. It is the Nigerian Obioma’s second consecutive shortlisting, following that for his debut novel The Fishermen in 2015, and the British-Nigerian Evaristo’s first shortlisting, on her first […]

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Twelve African Writers on the Legacy of Toni Morrison, for Decades the Greatest Living Writer

Toni Morrison, for decades the greatest living writer, passed on at 88, on 6 August. We have compiled tributes to her, published on other sites, by Namwali Serpell, Diana Evans, Bernardine Evaristo, Chigozie Obioma, Ben Okri, Aminatta Forna, Afua Hirsch, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, Margaret Busby, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Laila Lalami. For […]

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Bernardine Evaristo, Chigozie Obioma, & Oyinkan Braithwaite Make 13-Strong Longlist for the 2019 Booker Prize

The 2019 Booker Prize longlist was announced hours ago, and on it are Bernardine Evaristo for her eighth book Girl, Woman, Other, Chigozie Obioma for his second novel An Orchestra of Minorities, and Oyinkan Braithwaite for her Women’s Prize-shortlisted debut My Sister, the Serial Killer, which, at 31, makes her the youngest candidate for the […]

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Kwame Dawes’s “Yard Boy”: A Powerful Poem for Our Moment

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Kwame Dawes recently wrote a poem titled “Yard Boy” that speaks to the recent events surrounding the death of George […]

Teju Cole’s Spotify Playlists Offer Musical Solace for These Times

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Among Teju Cole’s many talents is his ability to curate music that captures a mood or even the feel of […]

Petina Gappah to Write Play About the Censorship History of Dambudzo Marechera’s Novel Black Sunlight

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Petina Gappah recently announced that she was writing a play that focuses on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo […]

Oh, Blessed Bri’Land | Jedah Mayberry | Fiction

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Bri’Land glistened at me, her brilliant display of pink sand shimmering in delight.  It would seem that I had finally, […]

Books That Go with Wine and Books That Don’t

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The beverages most associated with reading are tea and coffee. But many readers love to cozy up in bed with […]

In This House | Inok Rosemary | Poetry

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  In this house, we sift our words, Never letting the walls hear what they shouldn’t. The fear of their […]

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