It’s Lagos once more and on the 15th December, 2012 the Pulpfaction club does it big!! Adding three digits to the date, they are ready to give their 18th Edition of the grand Book n Guage [sic]… The monthly literary event for lovers of literature and the arts [plus its enviers too, I should add :)] … IF you have a thing for the practitioners too, this is for you. Arts, music… phew! This time, featured writers include award winning Victor Ehikhamenor, author of the acclaimed collection of essays Excuse Me! and Maik Nwosu, author of Invisible Chapters. EXCUSE ME PLEASE!! Yes, for real.
More than just the reading, at the event, Saraba Magazine will be awarding the Saraba/PEN Nigeria Poetry Prize, awarded jointly by PEN Nigeria and Saraba Magazine to a poet whose poem was featured the previous year in one of the editions of the magazine. The three top heavy-weight contenders shortlisted for this year’s prize are the musical Ikeogu Oke; spoken word slam champion Dike Chukwumerije and the enterprising Ajayi Kolade. The prize money for this year’s prize is 50,000 Naira for the winning poet, and 15,000 each for the runners-up. Of course, they are more for the glory than the pay… Hmm.
There would be conversations with the featured writers [naturally], general Q & A session, poetry performances by Atitola Morunfola [author of Antonyms of a Mirage], Tofarati-GT, Uche Nwadinachi, Daropale Victor and Olulu. My man, the cool guitar playing musician, Dtone Martins and Lumynos (who have thrilled the Book n’ Guage audience in the past), are billed to perform LIVE!!
There’s a need to mention here that the featured authors are well recognized writers and artists. In fact, ‘over recognition’ seems to be worrying them! You think it’s a lie, yea? Okay, Google it… But, let me give some summary in case you just want to know… [thank me later o! :) ]
Victor Ehikhamenor is a Nigerian artist, writer, photographer, and news media designer. He worked at NEXT newspapers as the creative director, as well as the Daily Times Nigeria as CEO/Editor-in-Chief. Apart from painting, photographing, and exhibiting his works around the world, he runs a strategic communication and branding firm. He is the author of the collection of very funny essays Excuse Me!; his short story, ‘The Supreme Command’, won the Association of Commonwealth Broadcasters Award; and his poetry collection, Sordid Rituals was published in 2002. Wow!!
Dr. Maik Nwosu is one of the names to call when you think fiction in Nigeria. Wow! This guy is just the man! He is an associate professor of African and world literature at the University of Denver, Colorado. His poetry collection, Suns of Kush, was awarded the Association of Nigerian Authors/Cadbury Poetry Prize. His novels, Invisible Chapters and Alpha Song, received the Association of Nigerian Authors Prose Prize and the Association of Nigerian Authors/Spectrum Prose Prize respectively. He has also published a short story collection, Return to Algadez, and a scholarly text on the traveling sign, Markets of Memories: Between the Postcolonial and the Transnational. His poems, stories, and novel excerpts have appeared in Okike, Drumvoices Revue, New Writing 14, Dublin Quarterly, El Ghibli, Fiction International, and Agni Online. Nwosu is a fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany and the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbertide, Italy, as well as a member of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. Need I say more? Hmm…
There’s going to be so much fight and bite in the air – from multi-skilled multi-disciplinary talented artistes… there’s going to be so much to the event. Plus, as is the usual practice at the event, classic books will be auctioned to fastest-bidding attendees. The details for the events are:
Date: 15 December 2012*
Venue: Debonairs Bookshop (Ground floor, 294 Herbert Macaulay Street, Yaba, Lagos).
*Gate: Free, but donations to the Book Club and Saraba Magazine welcome*
COMMON, if you are in Lagos, where else would you rather be? Enjoy jare and do remember to say THANKS for the info!! And if you don’t get to read this in time [that is if it also doesn’t get out in time], just ensure that you call those numbers, keep touch and enjoy…
There’s so much happening in the literary world. Yup, this let’s you know. Best wishes everyone… Make it happen wherever you are too!