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The Dragonfly Sea | All You Need to Know About Yvonne Owuor’s Forthcoming Second Novel

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s first novel, Dust, published in 2014 by Kwani? in Kenya and by Penguin Random House worldwide, focused on a troubled family. A man, Odidi Oganga, is killed on the streets of Nairobi; his sister, Ajany, returns from Brazil, and with their father bring his body home, bent on investigating his life and death: […]

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Writing in Migration | Photos from the Festival of African Writers in Berlin

Last month, the Nigerian-German novelist Olumide Popoola, author of When We Speak of Nothing, curated a star-studded festival of African writers in Berlin. The event, held from 26–28 April at Kino Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 3010178, Berlin, was themed “Writing in Migration” and was presented by the literary agency InterKontinental. It was sponsored by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and Berlin’s Senate Department for […]

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Olumide Popoola to Curate Star-Studded 2018 Berlin Festival of African Writers

Olumide Popoola, Nigerian-German author of When We Speak of Nothing, will be curating a star-studded 2018 festival of African writers in Berlin. The event, themed “Writing in Migration,” is presented by the literary agency InterKontinental, and will be attended by writers from Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, DR Congo, Zimbabwe, and Ghana. For the first […]

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Africa’s Rising Literary Stars | Meet Akwaeke Emezi

The literary hustle is tough. That’s why we have nothing but mad love and respect for our African writers, both aspiring and established, who inspire us daily with their work and their passion for documenting our stories.  To show these writers some good ‘ole Brittle Paper love, we are launching a new series to celebrate their successes.  […]

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African Writers on Writing | Yvonne Owuor on Entering the Zone

Yvonne Owuor is the author of Dust, a lyrical novel about loss and mourning. She was born in Kenya and won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2003. With stern discipline, I rise with the first bird, salute the dawn, have a healthy breakfast of fruits. [I] wander over to my faux-oak desk, tap the […]

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Why Zadie Smith Tops Adichie’s List of Women Who Write Well and Dress Well

While Chimamanda Adichie is not the only fashion-loving novelist out there, she is certainly unparalleled in her openness about it. Her now famous Elle Magazine essay titled, “Why Can’t Smart Women Love Fashion,” is a must-read for anyone interested in a feminist politics of fashion. In addition to professing her love for fashion, Adichie also […]

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How Africa Went from Rising to Becoming a Virus | Kenyan Novelist, Yvonne Owuor, on Reimagining Africa

The Kenyan novelist, Yvonne Owuor, should be applauded for her rousing TEDxEuston talk about seeking out new ways of imagining and telling Africa’s stories. She makes the point that the world has gotten so used to thinking of Africa through narratives that go from unbridled optimism to sheer contempt. We all saw how the whole […]

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Kwame Dawes’s “Yard Boy”: A Powerful Poem for Our Moment

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Kwame Dawes recently wrote a poem titled “Yard Boy” that speaks to the recent events surrounding the death of George […]

Teju Cole’s Spotify Playlists Offer Musical Solace for These Times

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Among Teju Cole’s many talents is his ability to curate music that captures a mood or even the feel of […]

Petina Gappah to Write Play About the Censorship History of Dambudzo Marechera’s Novel Black Sunlight

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Petina Gappah recently announced that she was writing a play that focuses on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo […]

Oh, Blessed Bri’Land | Jedah Mayberry | Fiction

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Bri’Land glistened at me, her brilliant display of pink sand shimmering in delight.  It would seem that I had finally, […]

Books That Go with Wine and Books That Don’t

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The beverages most associated with reading are tea and coffee. But many readers love to cozy up in bed with […]

In This House | Inok Rosemary | Poetry

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  In this house, we sift our words, Never letting the walls hear what they shouldn’t. The fear of their […]

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