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#CainePrize2017 | Review of Chikodili Emelumadu’s “Bush Baby” | By Innocent Chizaram Ilo

It is a Brittle Paper tradition to review the five stories shortlisted for the Caine Prize. Through this, we hope to open up conversations around the stories, to find out what is interesting or innovative about them. After last week’s opener, following the announcement of the shortlist, we bring you our second #CainePrize2017 story review: Chikodili Emelumadu “Bush Baby.” […]

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Strange Horizons Launches 100 African Writers of SFF Series

The magazine of speculative fiction called Strange Horizons has debuted a brand new series, titled “100 African Writers of SFF.” The project, which is expected to run through 2017 and 2018, is executed by Geoff Ryman, two-time winner, British Science Fiction Association Award. It features interviews with African writers of science fiction and fantasy. Each […]

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How To Buy A Soul | Michael E. Umoh | Fiction

“Everyone agreed that something had gone wrong; Kunle had died this way: getting to his twenty-second birthday, Kunle who hated fish, had slumped at a fish market and died.”   ON THE DAY that I, Tola, was to buy a soul, my father walked into my room and informed me that there were no souls […]

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Finger | By Bernard Dayo | Speculative Fiction

On the aft side of the blade, nestled between lilac onion ringlets, lay her finger, a gristled topping.   SHE hadn’t expected to feel the disappointment in her heart when the computer-generated voice from the video game said she had lost. It said it over and over, the letters flashing repeatedly on the TV screen […]

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Unquestioned Gifts | Olawole Olayinka | An African Story

I talk to myself in the mirror. It’s not natural because she replies me. It started when I was nine. I was brushing my teeth in mummy’s bathroom in front of the big, squeaky clean mirror. I smiled at the mirror. “Myself” did not smile back. She asked, “what are you happy about?” I screamed […]

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Dark, Edgy, Slippery Stories | Lauren Beukes’ New Book Set for August Release

South Africa’s speculative fiction queen has been busy concocting a collection of stories. Ever since her blockbuster thriller Broken Monsters, fans have been wondering how much longer they’d have to wait to enjoy more of Beukes’ killer storytelling skills (no pun intended!). The wait, it appears, will soon be over. On August 2, Taychon Publishers […]

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Dude, Where’s My Dick? | By Leon Pierre Sow | An African Story

In 2008, an epidemic of penis theft-related paranoia took West and Central Africa by storm, leading throngs of angry people to attack foreigners and random people suspected of stealing your penis by shaking your hand. This is what happened to one of those witch doctors, in a neighborhood along the coasts of Dakar… # What […]

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The Evidence of Things Unseen | by Chinelo Onwualu | A Speculative Fiction

  “Groundnuts!” she called. “Buy your groundnuts!” The black hijab that covered her head and shoulders was stained with dust and sweat. What could be seen of her simple blouse and wrapper were faded and threadbare. She easily balanced a tray heaped full of nuts on her head as she wove through the market crowd. […]

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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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She Cannot Write a ​Boring Sentence: Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s House of Stone Praised by Helon Habila

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Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s novel House of Stone, an exploration of family history, colonial Rhodesia, and the birth of modern Zimbabwe, […]

Sisonke Msimang Profiled in The Wall Street Journal

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South African writer and activist Sisonke Msimang, author of the memoir Always Another Country and the forthcoming collection of essays […]

Reneilwe Malatji’s Short Story Collection, Love Interrupted, is an Intimate Portrait of Womanhood in South Africa

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Reneilwe Malatji’s debut short story collection, Love Interrupted, was published on August 7 in the U.S., by Catalyst Press. Its […]

In Conversation with Hadiza El-Rufai, Author of An Abundance of Scorpions | Deaduramilade Tawak

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Hadiza El-Rufai, founder of the Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation, debuted a novel this year, An Abundance of Scorpions, for which she recently […]

I Started Reading and Just Stopped Halfway and Thought—This is Really Bad | What Achebe, Soyinka, Adichie, Forna, Teju Cole and Serpell Thought About VS Naipaul

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VS Naipaul, Nobel Prize and Booker Prize-winning novelist and nonfiction writer, passed on days ago at 85 years of age. […]

This Mournable Body, the Last Book in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Tambudzai Trilogy, is Here

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This Mournable Body, the last book in Tsitsi Dangarembga’s trilogy which includes the modern classic Nervous Conditions (1988) and The Book of […]

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