At: Goethe Institut, 10, Ozumba Mbadiwe Str, VI (opposite 1004 Flats). Gate: FREE Time: 2pm Date: September 20
And here's from the Guardian--on the event:
"CORA’s Book party for the nine poets shortlisted for the NLNG award, is a Sallah Day party with suya, drinks and music. The feast is scheduled to hold Sunday September 20 at the Goethe Institut, at 2pm. The choice of a Book Party at this point is to generate public interest in an otherwise purely intellectual event, while drawing attention to the nominated works, which, by merely making of the Short-list, have registered their significance in the emerging body of literature of Nigeria. The event, a garden- lagoon-front affair, will feature short reviews of each work, interspersed with performances, readings, photo-ops and writer-audience interactions. “The interactive sessions, we envisage, will allow the public to engage the writers at several levels – from the elevated, such as gaining a peep into motive and motivations of the poets, to the mundane, such as finding out any plans for the prize money”, according to Deji Toye, CORA’s advisor on strategy."
* Saraba....the story before and the story ahead
I'm quite happy watching Saraba grow into a beautiful magazine with much focus and possibilities . I was there at the very beginning, when I was introduced to edit the first edition of the magazine at a rather short notice, and looking back, I think it is getting better and better. Damilola and his friends who are running the magazine are doing a very good job and are giving the magazine their full dedication.
Issue three of the magazine is out and you can download and read on your computer. And maybe submit sometime too.
In a Garden of writers
I've been invited to the participate in the Garden City Festival which will hold in Port Harcourt, comes up in a couple of days, along with the Nine writers, four cities gang: Toni Kan, Lindsay Barrett, Tade Ipadeola, Joy Isi Bewaji, Eghosa Imasuen, A. Igoni Barrett, Abimbola Adunni Adelakun. Ngugi wa'Thiongo is the keynote speaker for this year's event. I'm looking forward to being there!
Chika Unigwe's book: Black Sisters' Street is out
Caught a snippet of what the book is about on Jude Dibia's Blog today and a link to read the review by Bernadine Evaristo. I hope to read it very soon. I'm sure I'll love it!
“Jumoke Verissimo’s poetic voice is imbued with a consciousness of African history and an awareness of the socio-economic realities of modern Nigeria with its legacy of colonial plunder, its pathetic attempts at self-governance and the brutality of its military dictatorships. she balances the despair she sees all around her with a degree of stubborn hope and an enchanting lyricism which echoes the style of oral African poetry.” - Funso Aiyejina (Critic, Poet and Professor of Comparative Literature)