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Safia Elhillo’s Debut YA Novel Acquired by Make Me a World

The prize-winning Sudanese poet Safia Elhillo has had the North America rights to her debut Young Adult novel acquired by Make Me a World, an imprint of Penguin Random House. The book, Nima on the Other Side, is a novel in verse. It “melds the real with the surreal, as teenage Nima struggles to fit […]

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Event: The Sudanese Gaze | Dalia Elhassan’s Book Launch of In Half Light, Film Screenings, & Exhibition 

The Sudanese poet Dalia Elhassan will be launching her chapbook In Half Light at “The Sudanese Gaze,” a cultural production event in New York City on 21 June. Recently, Elhassan, a finalist for the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, sent proceeds from sales of 40 signed copies of the book to support ongoing revolutionary […]

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Rania Mamoun’s Short Story Collection, Thirteen Months of Sunrise, Forthcoming from Comma Press, Is a Complex, Moving Illumination of Contemporary Sudan

Manchester-based independent publisher Comma Press will be releasing the Sudanese writer Rania Mamoun’s short story collection Thirteen Months of Sunrise. The collection won the 2017 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grants, for its translator from Arabic, Elisabeth Jaquette. In an email to Brittle Paper, Comma Press’ publicity and outreach officer Zoe Turner explained that the book, which […]

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African Literary Digest: 101 Notable Pieces of 2018

It was inevitable: compiling a list as monstrous as this would consume time, cause a delay. But here we are. 2018 came with its own firsts and highs. A new major publishing house came on board: The Indigo Press, founded by the distinguished Zimbabwean editor and critic Ellah Allfrey. A new major magazine: Kabaka, dedicated to publishing queer-centered […]

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#WeLoveBooks | Elsewhere, Home by Leila Aboulela

Any plans to read a book this weekend? Ditch that novel you’ve been thinking about and check out Leila Aboulela’s short story collection Elsewhere, Home. It was published by Grove Atlantic earlier this year. The collection contains 13 stories about the imagination of home as loss and desire. Aboulela is an endearing storyteller. There is a […]

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Sudanese Fiction: 5 Books Recommended by Leila Aboulela

Leila Aboulela has recommended five books for readers seeking familiarity with Sudanese fiction. Aboulela’s own work is often used as an introduction to the literature of her country. She won the inaugural Caine Prize in 2000 and is the author of three novels which have all been nominated for the Women’s Prize: The Translator (1999), Minaret […]

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#CainePrize2017 | On Poetic and Meditative Fiction | Interview with Bushra al-Fadil

Africa in Dialogue has collected interviews with the five authors shortlisted for the 2017 Caine Prize in an e-book. The interviews were all conducted by the magazine’s editor, Gaamangwe Joy Mogami. We are republishing select interviews from the e-book. * The Sudanese poet Bushra al-Fadil is on the shortlist for “The Story of the Girl whose Birds Flew Away,” […]

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Africa’s Rising Literary Stars | Sudanese Poet Safia Elhillo Breaks into the Literary Scene on Her Own Terms

Everyone knows that the best part of participating in a literary prize is winning. So big congrats to Sudanese-American poet Safia Elhillo, who recently won the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. The African Poetry Book Fund made the announcement, in collaboration with Prairie Schooner, earlier this month. Elhillo comes out the winner in a tight race with […]

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The Heart of It: Working Through Xenophobia in South Africa | Ruksana Elk

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READ: 15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa Talking xenophobia with South Africans of all classes […]

The Brittle Paper Interview with the Caine Prize 2019 Winner: Lesley Nneka Arimah

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In July, Lesley Nneka Arimah received the 2019 Caine Prize, the award’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published […]

Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

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The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The […]

15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

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