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

In July, Lesley Nneka Arimah received the 2019 Caine Prize, the award’s twentieth edition, for her short story “Skinned,” published in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern‘s Issue 53. The Nigerian writer, whose debut book, the story collection What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky (2017), won the Kirkus Prize and the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction […]

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The 9Mobile Prize for Literature Says It Will Announce a 2018 Winner, 18 Months After the Shortlist

The Etisalat Prize for Literature was founded in 2012 by the telecommunications company Etisalat Nigeria. Worth £15,000, it recognized the best debut book by an African writer. It was won by Zimbabwe’s NoViolet Bulawayo in 2014, for We Need New Names; South Africa’s Songheziwe Mahlangu in 2015, for Penumbra; the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Fiston […]

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Lesley Nneka Arimah and Zinzi Clemmons Are Finalists for the $35,000 Aspen Words Literary Prize

Lesley Nneka Arimah’s short story collection, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, and Zinzi Clemmons’ novel, What We Lose, are finalists for the $35,000 Aspen Words Literary Prize. They are joined by three other novels: Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, Samrat Upadhyay’s Mad Country, and Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing. Alain Mabanckou’s eleventh […]

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Lesley Nneka Arimah, Ayobami Adebayo and Marcus Low Are the Three Finalists for the 2018 9Mobile Prize for Literature

Nigeria’s Lesley Nneka Arimah and Ayobami Adebayo and South Africa’s Marcus Low are the three finalists for the 2018 9Mobile Prize for Literature, for their respective books, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, Stay with Me, and Asylum.  Founded in 2013 as the Etisalat Prize for Literature, the £15,000 award is […]

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Lesley Arimah Beats Booker Finalist Mohsin Hamid and Hari Kunzru to $50,000 Kirkus Prize for Fiction

Lesley Nneka Arimah has been awarded the $50,000 Kirkus Prize for Fiction for her short story collection What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, beating Mohsin Hamid’s Booker-shortlisted novel Exit West and English PEN Deputy President Hari Kunzru’s White Fears. Given in the fiction, nonfiction and children’s literature categories, the Kirkus Prizes consider […]

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Goodreads Awards 2017: Vote for Adichie, Nnedi Okorafor, Lesley Arimah and Ayobami Adebayo

Goodreads has announced nominations for its 2017 awards, and four authors having massively successful years—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nnedi Okorafor, Lesley Nneka Arimah and Ayobami Adebayo—are nominated. The awards are voted for by readers. Nnedi Okorafor, who has exploded onto a new level of fame this year, is nominated in the Science Fiction Category for Home, […]

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Lesley Nneka Arimah Picked for the US National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” List

Lesley Nneka Arimah has been picked for the US National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” list of 2017, on the strength of her debut short story collection, What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky. She joins Dinaw Mengestu, in 2007, NoViolet Bulawayo, in 2013, and Yaa Gyasi, in 2016, among African writers […]

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Apply for This Fully-funded Creative Writing Scholarship at the University of East Anglia, Sponsored by the Miles Morland Foundation

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The Miles Morland Foundation African Writers’ Scholarship is currently accepting accepting applications for its 2020 program. It is an initiative […]

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