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Imbolo Mbue’s Behold The Dreamers Picked for Oprah’s Book Club

Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers has been selected by Oprah Winfrey for her Book Club. The media mogul revealed this two days ago, describing the book as a “breathless journey.” “It’s everything our culture is grappling with right now, at least many of the things about race and class, about the economy, immigration, the dangers […]

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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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The Weight of Silence | Abubakar Adam Ibrahim | Fiction

  DO YOU believe in karma or do you call it something else, like kismet or qadr or providence? Or have you, over the years, along with your inexplicable taste for self-destruction, acquired a penchant for dismissing such things as incidental, as has become fashionable? Did you ever imagine, even in your wildest dreams, and […]

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Bessie Head’s Gesture of Madness | By Hugo kaCanham | Essay

Brittle Paper recently published a feature on Bessie Head’s 1991 collection of letters, A Gesture of Belonging. In that essay, Ainehi Edoro took me back to two years ago when Bessie’s letters were the centre of my life. Her story reads like that of my grandmother, my mother and many black women that I know. Her […]

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PHOTOS | Yale University Awards Ngugi wa Thiong’o an Honorary Degree

Yale University awarded Ngugi wa Thiong’o an honorary degree last month during its 316th graduation ceremony. This news really warms our hearts. Ngugi is an award winning writer. He is no stranger to accolades. He has earned countless number of them in his 50-year career as a writer. But when you’ve achieved as much as Ngugi […]

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The Girl Comes Back with Fire in Her Chest | 3 Poems by Titilope Sonuga

These poems are from my forthcoming collection, This is How We Disappear, which explores the physical and psychological disappearance of women and girls in Nigeria. It is horrifying to consider what it means for almost 300 girls to go missing for 3 years, what they have endured and the other ways they have had to vanish […]

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Holy Sex is Obinna Udenwe’s New Novella About the Nigerian Church as an Erotic Space

We are delighted to bring you a new and exciting work of fiction: Holy Sex: A Nigerian Church Erotica by Obinna Udenwe. Holy Sex is Brittle Paper’s first foray into the world of book publishing—well, e-book, at least for now. Holy Sex is a dark and humorous tale that breaks the silence around the Nigerian church as […]

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African Literary Digest: 9 Must-Reads from March, 2017

Every month, we compile a list of reads from around the Internet that we find illuminating. For January, we chose eight pieces. For February, we picked fourteen pieces. For March, we have settled on nine. They include fiction pieces that we believe are among the best we will see this year, essays that are strong contributions […]

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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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The 21 Writers Shortlisted for the 2017 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships

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The 2017 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship shortlist has been announced and there are 21 writers on it. The Miles Morland […]

Photos | #AkeFest17: Cameroon-Nigeria Literary Exchange Participants in Roundtable Conversation

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The 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival took place from 14–18 November 2017, in Abeokuta, Nigeria. One of the event’s […]

Teju Cole’s “Blind Spot” Is One of TIME’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017

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Teju Cole’s Blind Spot has been named among TIME‘s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017. The book, a beguiling blend […]

#ThrowBack | In Conversation: Nuruddin Farah and Kwame Anthony Appiah

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In 2004, Somalian novelist Nuruddin Farah and Ghanaian philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah sat for a conversation published in BOMB magazine. […]

Aminatta Forna’s Fourth Novel, “Happiness,” Arrives March 2018

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Among writers of her generation, Aminatta Forna belongs in the higher ranks of critical acclaim. With her work translated into […]

Wasafiri Magazine Releases “Issue 92: Winter 2017,” Featuring Ellah Allfrey, Nadifa Mohamed and Ayobami Adebayo

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Wasafiri, the UK’s leading literary magazine for international voices, has released its “Issue 92: Winter 2017.” Founded in 1984 by its current […]

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