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He Owned a Bakery, Wanted a Film Adaptation, Liked Japanese Fan Dolls | Photos & Entries from Ainehi Edoro’s Facebook Diary of Visit to Amos Tutuola Archive

Brittle Paper founder and University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Ainehi Edoro recently visited the Amos Tutuola Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin. Her four days at the institute were chronicled in four Facebook posts. We are sharing the posts, along with photos. DAY ONE I am currently visiting the […]

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Faber & Faber Should Be Slapped for the New Tutuola Book Covers

  The UK publishing powerhouse, Faber &Faber, is re-issuing several titles from Amos Tutuola’s repertoire and these are the covers they dreamt up. This lazy graphic art that looks like generic Photoshop patterns. Tutuola’s work deserves much better. His first novel, The Palmwine Drinkard, was  published by Faber & Faber way back in 1952. It was […]

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Errrr…But James Joyce is More Ungrammatical Than Tutuola

   Is [Tutuola] ungrammatical? Yes. But James Joyce is more ungrammatical than Tutuola. Ezekiel Mphahlele has often said and written that African writers are doing violence to English. Violence? Has Joyce not done more violence to the English Language? Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn is written in seven dialects, he tells us. It is acknowledged a classic. We accept it, forget […]

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9 Surprising Facts About Amos Tutuola and His Work

 Who has the film rights to The Palmwine Drinkard? Did Tutuola like to write at night or during the day? What does Tutuola have in common with D. H. Lawrence? Find out! 1. The Mystery of Numbers: Tutuola had 11 children by four women and published 11 books in four decades. 2. The Viral Novel: The Palmwine […]

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Vol. II of 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Guest-edited by Yasmyn Belkhyr & Kayo Chingonyi, Now Available Here

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In November 2018, we published the debut volume of the 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry series. The first […]

Oyinkan Braithwaite Wins the 2019 Anthony Award for Best First Novel

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Nigerian author Oyinkan Braithwaite has won the 2019 Anthony Award for her debut novel My Sister, the Serial Killer. Braithwaite […]

Winners of the 2019 Nommo Awards

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On October 25, the African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) announced the winners of the 2019 Nommo Awards. The award announcement […]

Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Olumide Popoola, Mukoma wa Ngugi at Stimmen Afrikas Literaturfestival in Cologne, Germany

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From November 6 to November 9 2019, 33 guests from 19 countries, including several notable African authors, scholars, other individuals […]

Romeo Oriogun’s Debut Poetry Collection, Sacrament of Bodies, an Interrogation of Queerness, Masculinity & Nigerianness, Now Available for Pre-order

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In 2018, the Nigerian poet Romeo Oriogun was named an Institute of International Education Artist Protection Fund Fellow and a […]

20.35 Africa | Momtaza Mehri, Megan Ross, Nadra Mabrouk, Saddiq Dzukogi Featured in Forthcoming Volume II, Guest-Edited by Yasmin Belkhyr & Kayo Chingonyi

Earlier this year, we announced a call for submissions for Volume II of 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, […]

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