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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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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 […]

Read the First Excerpt from Petina Gappah’s New Novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light

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Petina Gappah‘s new novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light was released on 10 September by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. […]

We Need To Talk | Muriel Adhiambo | Fiction

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IT WAS A warm, humid night in the lakeside city of Kisumu. Under a starless sky, the women, seated on […]

For World Diabetes Day, Miss BloodSugar Calls for Entries to Competition & Anthology Sponsored by Bella Naija

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Press release: What’s your diabetes story? Are you diabetic? Have you been impacted by the experiences of a family/friend/patient with […]

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