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From Hip Hop to Literature: Meet Gael Faye, Burundi-born French-Rwandan Superstar Whose Debut Novel Sold 700,000 Copies

“WHEN I GROW up I want to be a mechanic, so nothing ever stays broken in my life,” says Gaby, the 10-year-old narrator of Small Country, the English translation of the French-language novel Petit Pays, the literary debut by long-time rapper Gael Faye which has sold more than 700,000 copies, been translated into 35 languages, and […]

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Poet-Pianist Echezonachukwu Nduka to Perform African Classical Music at Transformation Spring Recitals

Nigerian poet and pianist Echezonachukwu Nduka, whose writing has appeared in Brittle Paper, will be performing a selection of African classical music at the 2018 Transformation Spring Recital. The selected pieces—including works by Ghana’s Fred Onovwerosuoke, and Nigeria’s Peter Sylvanus, Chijioke Ngobili, and Christian Onyeji—are part of a collection titled Choreowaves, which he discusses in the […]

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When Writers Talk Music: Vol. 3 | Chimamanda Adichie on Phyno, Ntone Edjabe on Fela and Soukous

In August, we launched a fun series, “When Writers Talk Music,” where we collect what African writers have been saying about music. Previous posts featured Teju Cole’s thoughts on Fela and WizKid, Imbolo Mbue’s fondness for Soukous and Makossa, Petina Gappah’s cover of Bob Marley’s “Zimbabwe,” and Ainehi Edoro’s meeting with Afrobeat legend Tony Allen. […]

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When Writers Talk Music: Vol. 2 | Petina Gappah on Bob Marley, Ainehi Edoro on Tony Allen

Two weeks ago, we launched a new series, “When Writers Talk Music,” for readers like us who recognize when the books are getting way too much and crave for something else from their favourite writers. The series’ first volume featured clever words from Teju Cole on Fela and WizKid and a cool take on Soukous […]

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When Writers Talk Music: Vol. 1 | Teju Cole on Fela and WizKid, Imbolo Mbue on Soukous and Makossa

Enough of books, let’s talk music. Or let’s read writers talking music. So what happens when writers talk music? Here at Brittle Paper, we try to keep things fun, so we’re launching a weekly series where we collect comments by writers on music. This week, it’s Teju Cole and Imbolo Mbue. Do they love the […]

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Chimamanda Adichie at The 2018 Abantu Book Festival

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A few days ago, Adichie shared photos of her time at Abantu Book Festival on Facebook. On December 7, 2017, […]

Event | (Re)membering Africa: Women’s Narratives Conference at the University of Houston | 28-30 March

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On 28-30 March, the University of Houston will be hosting a conference themed “(Re)membering Africa: Women’s Narratives on the Continent […]

Everything White Tastes Like Milk | Bryan Joe Okwesili | Fiction

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  I know you grew up on the streets, that you feel the streets made you, that you are now […]

Leila Aboulela’s New Novel, Bird Summons, Is Magic-infused and Folklore-inspired

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Leila Aboulela is one Africa’s most beloved storytellers. Her readers can’t get enough of her evocative writing and the memorable […]

Ten Poets Shortlisted for the 2019 Brunel International African Poetry Prize

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Ten poets have been shortlisted for the 2019 Brunel International African Poetry Prize. Among them are the Nigerian poets Inua […]

#PoetryTalk | Being a Poet Involves Crying Out About Injustice: Interview with Unoma Azuah

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Unoma Azuah teaches writing at the Illinois Institute of Art, Chicago. In 2011 she was listed as one of the […]

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