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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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Sarah Ladipo Manyika, author of In Dependence (2008) and Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun (2016), has teamed up […]

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year in the British Book Awards

  Bernardine Evaristo’s winning streak continues as she dominates two categories of the 2020 British Book Awards: Best Fiction Book […]

Apply for the 2020 Morland Writing Scholarship | £27,000 for Nonfiction, £18,000 Fiction

Apply for the 2020 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship

The Miles Morland Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Morland African Writing Scholarships. The awards offer a fiction […]

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity | Here is How to Nominate Someone

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity _ Here is How to Nominate Someone

Nominations for The Nigeria Prize for Difference & Diversity is officially open. The new prize, co-presented by digital media platform […]

This is Why I am Endowing a N1 Million Prize for Difference and Diversity in Nigeria | Chude Jideonwo

This is Why I am Endowing a N1 Million Prize for Difference and Diversity in Nigeria _ Chude Jideonwo (2)

Last year, I wrote a piece on CNN during Pride Month​—​a month set aside to celebrate sexual and gender diversity […]

Derek Owusu Awarded 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize

Derek Owusu Awarded 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize (1)

British author of Ghanaian heritage Derek Owusu has been awarded the 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize for his debut novel That […]

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