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Imraan Coovadia’s New Novel Is About a Time-traveling Spy Agent

South Africa’s Imraan Coovadia has answered all our prayers for new, exciting African fiction. His latest offering blends spy fiction and sci-fi! The book is titled A Spy in Time and tells the story of a time-traveling spy. In the story, Johannesburg is the center of a post-apocalyptic world. The main character is a spy […]

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Opportunity for Writers | Gyara Journal is Accepting Submissions

There is a new journal in town! Gyara is a Ghana-based platform focused on showcasing new writing. The theme of the debut issue is “change.” The editors are asking writers to send in “non-fiction, book reviews, memoirs, essays and interviews” exploring this theme from a “range of perspectives.”  They encourage writers in all stages of […]

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Trifonia Obono’s “La Bastarda”: First English-Language Novel by an Equatoguinean Woman

Each year, a step is taken that opens up the African literary scene the more. In 2017, Abdulai Sila’s The Ultimate Tragedy became the first novel from Guinea-Bissau to be translated into English. This year, we welcome the first English-language novel by a woman out of Equatorial Guinea: Trifonia Melibea Obono’s La Bastarda. In an email to […]

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12 Women, 16 Novels: An African History of the Women’s Prize for Fiction

In 1991, the six-name Man Booker Prize shortlist contained only men. Thoroughly dissatisfied, a group of female and male authors, publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians and journalists decided to create a new prize. In 1996, the Women’s Prize for Fiction was founded, to recognize the best original full-length novel in English by a woman, published in the […]

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2018 LAMBDA Awards | Frankie Edozien, “Queer Africa 2” Anthology, Nnanna Ikpo Shortlisted

Three African books have been shortlisted for the 2018 LAMBDA Literary Awards for queer writers: the memoir Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man, by Chike Frankie Edozien, for Best Gay Memoir/Biography; the anthology Queer Africa 2: New Stories, edited by Makhosazana Xaba and Karen Martin, for Best LGBTQ Anthology; and […]

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OkayAfrica’s 100 Women 2018 List | Nnedi Okorafor, Taiye Selasi, Ainehi Edoro, Leila Aboulela

Prominent digital platform for African culture, OkayAfrica, has released its annual “100 Women” list celebrating “extraordinary women from Africa and the diaspora making waves across a wide array of industries, while driving positive impact in their communities and the world at large.” The OkayAfrica 100 Women 2018 List is spread across ten categories: STEM; literature; TV and film; sports and wellness; style […]

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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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“Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction” | New Project Collects Powerful Nonfiction from Across Africa

Two weeks ago, we announced the coming of Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction, a new project collecting powerful personal stories from across the continent. We published the introduction to the anthology by our deputy editor Otosirieze Obi-Young, an essay titled “The Confessional Generation.” One of the pieces in the anthology, “The Miseducation of Gratitude” by […]

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Brunel Prize 2019 Poems Review | Part 1: Jamila Osman & Selina Nwulu

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In 2018, Brittle Paper introduced a Brunel Prize Poems Review series, starting with poems on that year’s shortlist. The series […]

Aminatta Forna’s Happiness Is a Finalist for the 2019 Ondaatje Prize

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Aminatta Forna’s fourth novel and fifth book Happiness is one of the six finalists for the 2019 Ondaatje Prize. The announcement was […]

Nnedi Okorafor Is Creating a TV Series Company for Africanfuturist Stories

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Nnedi Okorafor is creating a TV series company for Africanfuturist stories. The multi-awarded novelist revealed this on Facebook via a […]

Felaland | Pei Koroye | Fiction

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  you want to know if i fucked him, don’t you? don’t lie, i know what you journalist types are […]

RadioBook Rwanda | Huza Press Releases Hybrid Books Combining Words, Art, & Sound

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Last May, we brought news of Huza Press’ new hybrid books imprint RadioBook Rwanda, a collaborative project with Kenya’s Kwani? and UK’s No Bindings […]

On the Celebration and Endurance of Women: In Conversation with Sisonke Msimang, Winner of the Brittle Paper Award for Essays & Think Pieces

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Sisonke Msimang is the author of Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home (2017) and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela […]

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