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Teju Cole Joins Harvard’s Department of English as Gore Vidal Professor of Creative Writing

Teju Cole has joined Harvard University’s Department of English as the Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing. The information, which is yet to see an official announcement, is on Harvard’s Website, on a page that has been created for him, as well as on his own Website. This is his second time […]

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Dear Ms. Paper: Save Me From This Boring African Novel

Dear Ms. Paper: Roughly two months ago, I decided to expand my cultural horizon. I curbed my obsession with Nollywood movies and thought I’d try reading African novels instead. A bookworm friend gave me a list of 6 novels. They all sounded the same to me, meaning boring and tiresome, so I decided to pick the […]

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These Books Made Teju Cole Laugh, Cry, and Furious

What was the last book to make you laugh? Rob Delaney’s “Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human. Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage.” The last book that made you cry? There’s a passage late in Amitava Kumar’s “A Matter of Rats” that took me by surprise. The last book that made you furious? “Dirty Wars,” by […]

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Can You Imagine Teju Cole Dancing Ndombolo?

  I can’t…But then…truth sometimes  is stranger than fiction. Scroll down to see Cole’s little piece in the New York Style Magazine about where he goes clubbing whenever he sets aside his thinking hat. It’s Friday today. Chances are that the author of Open City will be winding to some Awilo Longomba tonight. Hope you all have something fun […]

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Teju Cole’s Non-fiction Book Is Titled Radio Lagos: Life, Death, And The Afterlife In Africa’s Biggest City

   Looks like fans of Teju Cole may have cause for celebrating. In addition to the US release of Everyday For The Thief, a non-fiction book about Lagos is well on the way. The title is grim, provocative, and Sebaldian. Patently Teju! We can’t wait.  Novelist Teju Cole has sold a nonfiction book to Random […]

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African Literary Photo of the Week: Arrest That Book!

  A small treat to get your Wednesday off to a fun start. Teju Cole posted this photo on Facebook of three men in police uniform holding his novel. Pretty badass. No?  

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An Adoring Fan Writes About Meeting Teju Cole

Ha! Someone has a devoted admirer. A fan writes about his first meeting with Teju Cole of Open City fame. You don’t have to read too closely to catch the hint of unwitting adoration despite the writer’s restrained account of the experience. Cute certainly. But reading this got me thinking about the world of African […]

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Teju Cole Wins Germany’s International Literary Prize

Congrats to Teju Cole! The German translation of his critically-acclaimed novel Open City won the 2013 International Literary Prize, a German award given to the best german translation of an international work. Cole goes home with the 25,000 euro prize while the translator Christine Richter-Nilsson gets 10, 000 euros. Cole is a Nigerian-American author living in […]

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Ten Poets Shortlisted for the 2019 Brunel International African Poetry Prize

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Ten poets have been shortlisted for the 2019 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Among them are the Nigerian poets Inua […]

#PoetryTalk | Being a Poet Involves Crying Out About Injustice: Interview with Unoma Azuah

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Unoma Azuah teaches writing at the Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago. In 2011 she was listed as one of the […]

Distance of Days | Teju Cole

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(In Memoriam Bisi Silva. In Memoriam Okwui Enwezor.)   1. O. shows up in my dream last night. He is […]

Bernard Dadié, Côte d’Ivoire’s Best Known Writer and National Icon, Passes on at 103

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Bernard Dadié, Côte d’Ivoire’s best known writer and former Minister of Culture, has passed on at age 103, on 9 […]

Read an Excerpt from Laila Lalami’s New Novel, The Other Americans

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Laila Lalami’s new novel The Other Americans—released on 26 March 2019 by Pantheon, an imprint of Penguin Random House—is a […]

Narrative Landscape Press to Release Nigerian Edition of Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf in April

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The publishing company Narrative Landscape Press is gearing up for its release of the Nigerian edition of Marlon James’ highly […]

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