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Zukiswa Wanner’s Travel Memoir, “Hardly Working,” Is Adventure-filled and Personal

  Four years after her fifth novel, London Capetown Joburg, award winning South African writer Zukiswa Wanner has a new book out. A writer’s life often involves writing and traveling. In this new book, Wanner combines the two in an intimate look at the African continent through the lens of her experience as a writer […]

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The Brittle Paper Digest: 79 Notable Pieces of 2017

It isn’t that time of the year when we look back on what happened in it—that time is December, and this is February. But a delay in releasing this list seemed inevitable for a year that, on several levels, saw our literary culture expand. Organisations took groundbreaking steps: in March, Jalada Africa held a 12-city, […]

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From Zukiswa Wanner and Sisonke Msimang to Hawa Golakai and Chika Unigwe: Writers Take on #MarkFishChallenge

Last week, when the South African music icon Hugh Masekela passed on and tributes started pouring in, former South African footballer Mark Fish gifted the Internet an indelible moment: he shared of photo of him and “Masekela” and tweeted: “We love you forever…thank you!” The problem? It wasn’t Masekela in the photo. It was the […]

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Zukiswa Wanner’s Short Story Translated into 11 Languages for 2018 World Read Aloud Day

For the 2018 World Read Aloud Day, the literacy advocate group Nal’ibali commissioned the South African novelist Zukiswa Wanner to write a story, “The Final Minute,” which has now been translated into South Africa’s official 11 languages for the February 1 event, to be read aloud to children. The languages are: Afrikaans, Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, English, Ndebele, Northern  Tsonga, […]

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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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Zukiswa Wanner, Niq Mhlongo Receive 2018 Fellowships from Johannesburg Institute of Advanced Study

South African novelists Zukiswa Wanner and Niq Mhlongo are among the 2018 Writing Fellows of the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study. All eleven 2018 Fellows will be offered a four-month writing term from January to April 2018. The Institute received more than 300 applicants from writers and scholars across Africa and Asia. Founded in 2015, the […]

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Zukiswa Wanner Challenges Stereotypical Narratives in South Africa’s “Parochial Publishing Industry”

Zukiswa Wanner recently wrote an essay in South African newspaper Mail and Guardian calling out the country’s white-dominated “parochial publishing industry.” Titled “Writings on the Wall for Parochial SA Publishers,” the piece zeroes in on prevailing one-sided narratives: that nonfiction sells more than fiction in the country, that black people don’t read. Recently, Wanner also […]

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Abantu Book Festival 2017: Apply to Join Zukiswa Wanner and Nthikeng Mohlele’s Creative Writing Masterclass

Ahead of the 2017 Abantu Book Festival in South Africa in December, Zukiswa Wanner and Nthikeng Mohlele have been booked to teach creative writing masterclasses, and applications are open for writers. Here is the announcement. The Abantu Book Festival invites aspiring writers to submit 500-2000 word samples of their short stories, novels, creative non-fiction or […]

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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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Nnedi Okorafor, Henrietta Rose-Innes, Wole Talabi, Sibongile Fisher Lead 2018 Nommo Awards Shortlists

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The 2018 shortlists for the four Nommo Awards for Speculative Fiction by Africans have just been announced. Among the shortlisted […]

GoFundMe | Please Donate to Help Get Selves Nonfiction Anthology into Print

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The team behind the remarkable e-anthology, Selves: An Afro Anthology of Creative Nonfiction, led by its curator, Basit Jamiu, have […]

New Collection of Plays Shines Light on African Women Playwrights

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There are many literary projects making a difference in the way we read and talk about African literature. One of […]

Chibundu Onuzo is Coming to America! | See All the Dates

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US-based fans of Chibundu Onuzo are in luck. Her critically acclaimed second novel Welcome to Lagos will officially be released in […]

“I Pushed His Hand Away…Gently”: Chimamanda Adichie on Being Sexually Harassed at 17

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At the Stockholm Forum on Gender Equality, held 15-17 April, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talked about “a powerful man in the […]

Poet Nacima Qorane Sentenced to Jail in Somaliland for Advocating for a Reunified Somalia

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A court in the self-declared Republic of Somaliland has sentenced poet Nacima Qorane to three years in jail for her […]

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