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Teju Cole May Be Coming to Your City, So Check Out His 2018 Tour Dates

Teju Cole has a pretty booked up 2018, which is good news to our ears. It means that Brittle Paper readers have more opportunities to attend one of his events. Cole’s calendar of events shows him visiting lots of American cities, from NYC to Winston Salem in North Carolina. But there are a few international […]

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Conversations with Teju Cole | Atanda Obatolu | Memoir

​I first met him at the back of the hall. In front of the hall, on the stage, a new session was about to begin. He wore blue ankara—or was it green? I don’t quite remember. The space was bustling. He didn’t look very different from the videos I’d watched on YouTube; maybe a bit […]

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Teju Cole’s “Blind Spot” Is One of TIME’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017

Teju Cole’s Blind Spot has been named among TIME‘s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2017. The book, a beguiling blend of text and images, is ranked No 7 on a list that also includes Roxane Gay’s Hunger, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s We Were Eight Years in Power, and Hilary Clinton’s What Happened—the last of which topped the […]

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Why Chimamanda Adichie and Teju Cole Signed This International Appeal to China’s President

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Teju Cole have joined a group of more than 50 prominent writers—including Philip Roth, Margaret Atwood and George Saunders—who have co-signed a letter to China’s president, Xi Jinping. The Guardian reports that the letter, which was organised by PEN America and also open to the public for signatures, is aimed at […]

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Black Paper: Teju Cole’s 3-Day Performa17 Photo Exhibition Is Here

From 2-4 November, Teju Cole will be holding the first live performance of his photography in New York City, as part of a series organised by Performa which will run from 1-19 November. Titled Black Paper, the exhibition will see him projecting “shifting photographs and videos on large scrims, accompanied by field recordings and text that […]

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Teju Cole’s Blind Spot Is a Finalist for the 2017 Paris Photo-Aperture Photobook Awards

Teju Cole’s Blind Spot has been shortlisted for the 2017 Paris Photo-Aperture Photobook Awards. The book, a fascinating blend of text and images, was named in the First PhotoBook category. Founded in 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards “celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography.” The awards come […]

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Teju Cole Writes the Longest Sentence Ever Published by The New York Times

  When a writer who is also a photographer writes a piece about photography, one can only expect wonderful things. In his new essay titled “Still Lives That Won’t Hold Still”, Open City author Teju Cole pays homage to the late renowned photographer Marie Cosindas, who passed away in May at the age of 93. […]

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Teju Cole Explains Why Brooklyn and Twitter Are African Cities

On June 5th 2015, Teju Cole gave the keynote address at the opening ceremony of the African Literature Association Conference held in Bayreuth. The transcript of the lecture, titled “Do African Digital Natives Wear Glass Skirts?,” is now available online. It was recently published in JALA, the official journal of the African Literature Association. In […]

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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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