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Memorable Moments From Adichie’s Visit To Duke University

Adichie’s visit was jointly sponsored by Duke Africa Initiative, Center for African and African American Research, and the English Department. In her talk, she reflected on two classic forms of narrative—fiction and memoir—and helped us think about how one is implicated in the other. Apparently, she’s been working on and off on several memoir pieces, one of which […]

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Stunning Photographs of Chimamanda Adichie’s Visit to Duke University

Dare Johnson, the photographer, got back to me about three weeks after Adichie’s visit on February 27. This was right around the time of Achebe’s passing. As we set about organizing a memorial tribute to Achebe, everything else took second place on my list of priorities, including writing a blogpost on Adichie’s visit. But by […]

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PHOTOS: Chinua Achebe Memorial Tribute at Duke University

On April 4, a small group of students and faculty gathered together to pay tribute to Chinua Achebe, who passed away on March 21st. The event took place in the stunningly beautiful Gothic Reading Room in Duke University’s main library. After Prof. Nancy Armstrong opened the event with a welcome message, three speakers gave a […]

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Meeting Nourbese

Marlene Nourbese was already in the room when I arrived. To call the Gothic Room a room does it so much disservice. The interior of an Edwardian chapel maybe or something close to it but certainly not a room. Chairs were lined up semicircular in front of a podium. She sat to the left of […]

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Rushdie at Duke Uni: “Man is a storytelling Animal”

On April 12, Salman Rushdie gave a lecture at Duke University titled, “Public Events, Private Lives: Literature and Politics in the Modern World.”  As far as lectures by novelists go, I have seen better. To be fair, I would say it was merely boring. To be mean, I would say it was vacuous. But I […]

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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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What Is Literary Androgyny? Diriye Osman Tells Us

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Describing himself as “first Somali, second Muslim, third gay,” the enchanting Diriye Osman is arguably the most fascinating writer on […]

50 Years Later, the Swedish Academy Unveils the 70 Nominees for the 1967 Nobel Prize in Literature

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As is their tradition, the Swedish Academy, custodians and givers of the Nobel Prize in Literature, have, 50 years after […]

The Johannesburg Review of Books Vol. 1, Issue 8 | Featuring Soyinka, J.M. Coetzee, Yewande Omotoso, Nthikeng Mohlele, Niq Mhlongo, Bongani Madondo

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The 8th issue of The Johannesburg Review of Books was released last December. The issue, which is from the magazine’s […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for Africa Book Club’s Short Story Competition

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The Africa Book Club Short Reads Competition is open to submissions. African writers can enter fiction or nonfiction pieces of […]

Keorapetse “Bra Willie” Kgositsile: South Africa Begins 3-Day “Special Official Funeral” for Late National Poet Laureate

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To honour the country’s late National Poet Laureate, Keorapetse “Bra Willie” Kgositsile, the government of South Africa has commenced a three-day […]

See the Gorgeous Cover for LGBTQI Art Collective 14’s Volume 2, Featuring Snippets from Taiye Selasi and Gbenga Adesina

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The Nigerian queer art collective 14, which is set to release its second volume this week, has shared its cover, […]

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