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Opportunity for Zambian Writers | Submit to the Kalemba Short Story Prize

The inaugural edition of the Kalemba Short Story Prize is open for submissions. Organised by Ukusefya WORDS, it is a yearly prize awarded to outstanding unpublished fiction written by Zambian nationals, living either within or outside the country. The winner, whose identity will be revealed at a ceremony in Lusaka on March 1, 2018, gets […]

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The 2017 Brittle Paper Literary Awards: The Winners

The Brittle Paper Literary Awards is our way of recognizing the finest, original pieces of literature by Africans available online for free. We announced it to mark our seventh anniversary. Its five categories—Fiction ($200), Poetry ($200), Creative Nonfiction/Memoir ($200), Essays/Think Pieces ($200), and the Anniversary Award ($300) for writing published by us—reflect our efforts to […]

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The Brittle Paper Award for Fiction: Meet the Nominees

To mark our seventh anniversary on August 1, 2017, we announced the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards, to recognize the finest, original pieces of African writing published online. The awards come in five categories: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Essays/Think Pieces, and the Anniversary Award for works published on our blog. The winners in the fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and essays/think pieces […]

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The Reviews Are In! | Namwali Serpell Has High Praise for Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu is one of the hit novels of 2017. A historical drama, it tells the story of an 18th century Ugandan patriarch whose actions bring misfortune on his descendants. Kintu is a cross-generational novel that jump-cuts across centuries and decades. To say the story is gripping is an understatement. Kintu is a certifide unputdownable! […]

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Announcing the Brittle Paper Literary Awards: The Shortlists

August 1, 2017 was Brittle Paper‘s seventh anniversary. In celebration of this milestone, we are launching the Brittle Paper Literary Awards, to recognize the finest, original pieces of African writing published online. The awards come in five categories: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Essays/Think Pieces, and the Anniversary Award for works published on our blog. The winners in the fiction, […]

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These Caine Prize Authors Look Just Like These Actresses

There is a saying that most of us have our doppelgangers, those other people whose faces puzzlingly, frighteningly, humourously look just like ours. In the past months, attention has been drawn to non-famous people who resemble such celebrities as Lionel Messi and Kim Kardashian. But even famous people can resemble each other, like Natalie Portman […]

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Read Namwali Serpell’s Introduction to the New Edition of Ngugi’s Devil on the Cross

Thirty-seven years after it was first published, Ngugi’s Devil on the Cross has a new edition from Penguin Classics, with an introduction by the 2015 Caine Prize winner Namwali Serpell. Part of this introduction, titled “Kenya in Another Tongue,” is published in The New York Review of Books and traces both Ngugi’s political awareness and […]

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The 12 African Authors Participating in the 2017 PEN World Voices Festival

The 2017 PEN World Voices Festival has begun in New York. The 2015 festival, which focused on African literature, was co-curated by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Here is a description of the 2017 festival on PEN’s Website. The thirteenth annual PEN World Voices Festival will take on some of the vital issues of the Trump-era, with […]

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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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