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The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela | Sisonke Msimang’s Second Book Is Out in October

Sisonke Msimang, author of the memoir Always Another Country and winner of the Brittle Paper Award for Essays, is ready with her second book. Following her death on April 2 of this year, Winnie Mandela’s legacy became the subject of a tussle—most of which played out fiercely on social media—between those who cast her as the […]

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Artists In Residency: Sisonke Msimang, Ayobami Adebayo, Mona Eltahawy, Biyi Bandele, Yemisi Aribisala Lead 2018 Shortlists

The Artists in Residency (AIR) programme has announced its 2018 shortlists, and included on the 28-name lists are: Sisonke Msimang, author of the memoir Always Another Country (2017) and winner of the 2017 Brittle Paper Award for Essays/Think Pieces; Mona Eltahaway, author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution (2015); Ayobami Adebayo, author […]

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The Brittle Paper Digest: 79 Notable Pieces of 2017

It isn’t that time of the year when we look back on what happened in it—that time is December, and this is February. But a delay in releasing this list seemed inevitable for a year that, on several levels, saw our literary culture expand. Organisations took groundbreaking steps: in March, Jalada Africa held a 12-city, […]

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From Zukiswa Wanner and Sisonke Msimang to Hawa Golakai and Chika Unigwe: Writers Take on #MarkFishChallenge

Last week, when the South African music icon Hugh Masekela passed on and tributes started pouring in, former South African footballer Mark Fish gifted the Internet an indelible moment: he shared of photo of him and “Masekela” and tweeted: “We love you forever…thank you!” The problem? It wasn’t Masekela in the photo. It was the […]

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The 7 African Books Named Among The Guardian’s Best Books of 2017

The Guardian has unveiled its Best Books of 2017. Unlike The New York Times Book Review‘s 100 Notable Books of 2017 which is selected by the newspaper’s editors, The Guardian‘s list is chosen by invited authors and is essentially those authors’ favourite books of the year. This year, seven books by Africans are selected: Uganda’s Nick […]

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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 Essays/Think Pieces: 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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In Her Debut Memoir, Sisonke Msimang Writes About Childhood, Exile and Adulthood on Two Continents

Sisonke Msimang’s new memoir, Always Another Country, is published in South Africa by Jonathan Ball Publishers. The account of her “exile childhood in Zambia and Kenya, young adulthood and college years in North America, and returning to South Africa in the euphoric 1990s” is drawing resonant praise. Baileys Prize-longlisted novelist Yewande Omotoso called it “a deep […]

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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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– As for life turning out to be all what no one ever wanted it to, how we surely confuse […]

Sudanese Fiction: 5 Books Recommended by Leila Aboulela

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Leila Aboulela has recommended five books for readers seeking familiarity with Sudanese fiction. Aboulela’s own work is often used as an […]

Elnathan John Among Judges for 2019 Man Booker International Prize

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Nigerian novelist Elnathan John is among the judges for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. The panel includes writer, translator and president […]

My Greatest Inspiration in Filmmaking: Kunle Afolayan | Onyeka Nwelue

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As the Africa Film Trinidad & Tobago opens tomorrow, my first fictional Igbo Language feature film, Agwaetiti Obiuto, will screen on 24 July […]

Paging The God of Small Things Fans | Arundhati Roy is Coming to Cape Town and Johannesburg

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Arundhati Roy, famous Indian activist and bestselling author of the Booker Prize winning The God of Small Things and the […]

Opportunity for East African Writers | Fellowship for Early Career Writers and Publishers

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In the wake of Nigeria’s Dusty Manuscript Contest, it is encouraging to see Africa Writers Trust rolling out a fellowship […]

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