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Margaret Busby-Edited Anthology to Feature 200 Female Writers Including Adichie, Aminatta Forna, Bernadine Evaristo, Imbolo Mbue, Warsan Shire, Zadie Smith

Britain’s first black female publisher Margaret Busby will edit a new anthology that would feature 200 female African writers across generations. Titled New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of 20th- and 21st-Century Writing by Women of African Descent, it will be a sequel to Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of Words and Writings by […]

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Watch Actress Ruth Negga Read an Excerpt of Zadie Smith’s Swing Time

Ethiopian and Irish actress Ruth Negga reads from Zadie Smith’s Swing Time. Ruth Negga was nominated for the Golden Globes for her role in Loving, an American movie about interracial marriage. Smith’s novel explores status and class and the way these distinctions shift between Africa and the Western world; a shift to which Negga herself […]

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Zadie Smith and Namwali Serpell on Femininity and Writing

Zadie Smith has an uncommon ability to tell stories that capture our hearts. But she’s also shown herself to be a very self-aware writer. Whenever she reflects on the craft and life of writing, she has the most inspiring and insightful things to say. In a comment made during a recent interview published on elle.com, […]

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Zadie Smith is a Literary Goddess on the Cover of The Gentlewoman

Zadie Smith is a novelist extraordinaire. We’ve always known that. She’s given us timeless masterpieces like White Teeth and On Beauty. Her interviews and essays are essentially lines after lines of quotable quotes that we’ve held dear to our hearts. But writing is not all she can do. Smith can be a badass cover girl if she […]

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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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What Zadie Smith’s Mom Taught Me About Bridget Jones

During a conversation about strong female characters, Zadie Smith tells Chimamanda Adichie a story about her mother’s reaction to Bridget Jones Diary. Somebody once very unwisely gave my mom a copy of Bridget Jones Diary in the mid-90s, a book I find very funny and sweet but for my mother it might as well have […]

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A Novelist And A Rapper: Zadie on Eminem

Let’s settle the bald facts: Eminem has secured his place in the rap pantheon. — Zadie Smith Ever since British novelist, Zadie Smith, wrote the roaringly funny novel, White Teeth, she’s being a favorite among lovers of contemporary British fiction. Nothing’s more sexy than a novelista–pretty woman with crazy writing skillz. Ms. Smith has a […]

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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Brittle Paper Partners With Okada Books on New Imprint Promising Delightful African Stories

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Okada Books and Brittle Paper are joining forces to bring fans of African storytelling a delightful reading experience. We are […]

Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s Tram 83 Wins the 2018 Peter Rosegger Literature Prize

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Fiston Mwanza Mujila has won the 2018 Rosegger Literary Prize in Austria for his debut novel Tram 83. Mujila was shortlisted […]

Psalm 151 | Theresa Lola | Poetry

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Theresa Lola is a poet of considerable achievement. A few months ago, she became a joint winner of the 2018 […]

Opportunity for African Writers | Enter for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award

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The 2019 Gerald Kraak Award is open for submissions. The deadline is 25 June 2018. Founded in 2016 by the Jacana […]

If Football Nations Were Rappers | Musa Okwonga’s World Cup Thread Is a Twitter Moment

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Writer-musician Musa Okwonga last week saw a fun thread he started, “If Football Nations Were Rappers,” in which he matched football […]

Cassava Republic Warns Against the Deletion of Local Publishing Houses

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A few days ago, publishers Cassava Republic published on their site a trend in which Nigerian media de-prioritize the work […]

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