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The Top 15 Debut Books of 2019

The year 2019 was full. While it is gone, its books are not. In December, we released our list of The Notable Books of 2019 by African authors. As we look ahead into 2020, we list the year’s most notable debuts books and authors in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, some of which also appear in […]

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Tsitsi Dangarembga on Reading Namwali Serpell, Zukiswa Wanner, & Why Ben Okri’s Latest Novel Is Like a Creative Writing Course

The Zimbabwean novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga was recent featured in The Guardian‘s “Books That Made Me” series, in which authors answer questions about other writers’ works that impacted their careers. Dangarembga is the author of the classic Nervous Conditions, and her most recent novel This Mournable Body was published by Graywolf Press in 2018. Among the […]

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Happy 82nd Birthday, Ngūgī wa Thiong’o! Read These Introductions to His Novels by Ben Okri, Namwali Serpell, Uzodinma Iweala, Abdulrazak Gurnah, & Moses Isegawa

It’s Ngūgī wa Thiong’o’s 82nd birthday! The prolific legend has published 34 books in total. His fictional works include seven novels: Weep Not, Child (1964), The River Between (1965), A Grain of Wheat (1967, 1992), Petals of Blood (1977), Caitaani Mutharaba-Ini (Devil on the Cross, 1980), Matigari ma Njiruungi (1986), Mũrogi wa Kagogo (Wizard of the Crow, 2006), and Kenda Muiyuru: Rugano Rwa Gikuyu na Mumbi (2018), published […]

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The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards: Announcing The Winners

In November, we announced The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards. Launched in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, The BP Awards aim to recognize the finest, original pieces of writing by Africans published online—writing that has prompted, enhanced, or defined conversations. The $1,100 prize money is split across five categories: The Brittle Paper Award for Fiction ($200), The Brittle […]

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The 2019 Brittle Paper Award for Essays & Think Pieces: Meet The 5 Finalists

The 5 Shortlists for The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in November. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards aim to recognize the finest, original pieces of writing by Africans published online. READ: The 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Essays & Think Pieces: Meet the Finalists READ: The 2018 Brittle Paper Award for […]

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The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards: Announcing The 5 Shortlists

We are excited to announce The 5 Shortlists for the 2019 Brittle Paper Awards. Launched in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the annual Awards aim to recognize the finest, original pieces of literary writing by Africans published online — writing that has prompted, enhanced, or defined conversations. The $1,100 cash prize is split across five categories: The […]

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Is There a Quota of 5 Books by African Authors for Every “Best 100 Books of 2019” List?

As yet another year draws to a close, literary lists of various sorts are once again filling our newsfeeds. During the first week of November 2019, BBC Arts released a list titled “100 Novels That Shaped Our World.” On that list, Brittle Paper noted that there were five novels by African authors which, in the words […]

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Writers on Social Media: Vol. 3 | Leila Aboulela at Sudan Revolution Rally, Chimamanda Dancing, Presidents on Koleka Putuma & Lesley Arimah, OluTimehin Adegbeye on Sexual Assault, & More

What did writers do on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook recently? As with our first and second volumes in the series, we went through some timelines to bring you what has been happening. Leila Aboulela Reading Poetry at a Sudanese Revolution Support Rally in Aberdeen Is the Political Inspiration We Need The post in full: My […]

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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 […]

All the Scoop on Fiston Mujila’s Forthcoming Novel The Villain’s Dance

Fiston Mujila The Villain's Dance

Fiston Mujila’s second novel is set for a September 2020 release by France-based publishing powerhouse Éditions Métailié. It has been […]

Bakwa Books Acquires English Translation Rights for Hemley Boum’s Recent Novel

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Bakwa Books has acquired the English translation rights to Les Jours Viennent et Passent, a novel by Cameroonian writer Hemley […]

The African Speculative Fiction Society Announces the Shortlists for the 2020 Nommo Awards

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Shortlists for the 2020 Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans are out. Established in 2017, the awards “recognize speculative […]

For a Chance to Win £1,000, Submit Your Work to the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

Wasafiri is a magazine for international contemporary writing, known for publishing pieces by African writers like Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa […]

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