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Your African Literary Horoscope: What To Read in May, Based on Your Star Sign

Looking for something to read this month of May? Why not let the power of celestial bodies decide? Below, we recommend books to read based on your May forecast. Check your star sign for some reading inspo! Aries As the first sign of the zodiac, you’re known for being a pioneer, always eager to kick […]

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“We Men Are Destroying Ourselves, Destroying Women. It’s an Urgent Issue We Need to Change”: Congolese Novelist JJ Bola’s Facebook Video on International Men’s Day 

Congolese novelist JJ Bola, author of No Place to Call Home, has a message for men. In a video posted on Facebook on International Men’s Day, November 20, he talked about the need for men to look after each other so as to stop the damage they inflict both on themselves and on women. His post […]

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Writing in Migration | Photos from the Festival of African Writers in Berlin

Last month, the Nigerian-German novelist Olumide Popoola, author of When We Speak of Nothing, curated a star-studded festival of African writers in Berlin. The event, held from 26–28 April at Kino Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 3010178, Berlin, was themed “Writing in Migration” and was presented by the literary agency InterKontinental. It was sponsored by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and Berlin’s Senate Department for […]

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Congolese Novelist JJ Bola in UN Facebook Live Conversation with Oscar Winner Cate Blanchett

Congolese novelist JJ Bola, author of No Place to Call Home (2017), was hosted in a conversation by Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett. The event, which also featured Webster University student, Aya Abdullah, is an initiative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), meant to draw attention to the plight of refugees worldwide. […]

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Olumide Popoola to Curate Star-Studded 2018 Berlin Festival of African Writers

Olumide Popoola, Nigerian-German author of When We Speak of Nothing, will be curating a star-studded 2018 festival of African writers in Berlin. The event, themed “Writing in Migration,” is presented by the literary agency InterKontinental, and will be attended by writers from Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, and Ghana. For the first […]

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After Selling Out at Writivism Festival, Is J.J. Bola’s No Place To Call Home the Next Literary Sensation?

News is that J.J. Bola’s debut novel, No Place to Call Home: Love, Loss, Belonging, sold out at the 2017 Writivism Festival. It sold out in the festival’s first two days, a development Writivism’s Jacob Katumusiime has dubbed “The J.J. Bola Effect.” If that’s remarkable, then wait till you find that, of all the novels on display […]

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Kopano Matlwa, JJ Bola, Masande Ntshanga: Pontas Agency Novelists Get US Publication Dates

Pontas Literary Agency, which represents Tram 83 author Fiston Mwanza Mujila and The Fishermen author Chigozie Obioma, has set publication dates for novels by eight of its authors. They include South African Kopano Matlwa’s Evening Primrose, British-Congolese JJ Bola’s No Place To Call Home, and South African Masande Ntshanga’s The Reactive. One of the novels […]

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The Four African Novelists Longlisted for the 2017 Not The Booker Prize

After months of African books picking, or having a run at, major international prizes left and right—Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing won the NBCC’s John Leonard Prize, the PEN Hemingway award for debut fiction and an American Book Award; Imbolo Mbue’s Behold the Dreamers won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Debut Fiction; Chimamanda Adichie’s Dear Ijeawele won the Le […]

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Chimamanda Adichie Shares the Ins-and-Outs of Writing Half of A Yellow Sun for Biafra Remembrance Day

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It’s Biafra Remembrance Day, and while many authors have written about the Biafra War, perhaps no other book on the […]

Teju Cole’s Essay on The Disposability of Black Lives is Essential Reading for Our Current Moment

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As we mourn the death of George Floyd, whose life was brutally taken by a white police officer in Minneapolis, […]

Lolwe Needs You to Achieve its Goal of Paying Writers

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Lolwe is a literary magazine founded in January 2020 by Kenyan writer and editor Troy Onyango. One of the magazine’s […]

Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other, Shortlisted for The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction

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Bernardine Evaristo’s Girl, Woman, Other has been shortlisted for The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction. Sponsored by The Orwell Foundation […]

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Hey Brittle Paper readers and followers! We’re excited to announce the second installment of our #WeTurnToBooks series on Instagram Live, […]

Tomi Adeyemi Recommends 5 Books to Escape Into While You’re Social Distancing

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Wondering what’s on Tomi Adeyemi’s quarantine reading list? Adeyemi recently shared five books she is reading (and re-reading) during the […]

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