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Parrésia is in today's Publishing Perspectives, a story by Saskia Vogel [Dialogue Berlin]. Parrésia, along with Farafina's Eghosa Imasuen, Kwani?s Billy Kahora, award-winning Parrésia poet amu nnadi and Port Harcourt World Book Capital's Koko Kalango were on a panel chaired by CORA's Jahman Anikulapo during the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014. Read the story HERE 'Richard Ali then asked Chief Okereke for more transparency around larger publishers, suggesting that the lack of transparency is a hurdle to discovery: “Does Heinemann have an open submissions period? Who are the editors?...

From the CACEAfrica Director, Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire. "Greetings! I am writing to you from the Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE), a non profit that promotes the role of the arts and culture in African societies, head-quartered in Kampala, Uganda. We are proud of the work that you are doing to promote African arts and culture and look forward to collaborating with you again, in the coming months to promote the Writivism workshops and Short Story Prize 2015. Some background: Writivism is CACE's flagship program and aims at promoting emerging African...

I arrived Frankfurt am Main yesterday after a brief stop over at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. Parrésia Publishers Ltd was invited to the 2014 Frankfurter Buchmesse, popularly the Frankfurt Book Fair, and I was honouring that invitation. It was a doubly significant invitation in that, firstly, it heralds further recognition for this company I co-founded with Azafi Omoluabi-Ogosi, following the shortlisting of Abubakar Adam Ibrahim's The Whispering Trees for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing. Parrésia was the only in-Africa publisher at last year's Caine. Secondly,...

The official Programme for the 2014 BN Poetry Award, holding from the 14th to 18th September in Kampala, Uganda, has just been released and can be viewed HERE . Amongst the guests this year is Richard Ali, Parresia's COO and author of 2012's City of Memories. The 2014 prize shortlist comprises-- 1. The Carpenter Saba El Lazim (Sudan) 2. Insane Living by Dorothie Ayebazibwe (Uganda) 3. L'aruge/Promotion by Saka Aliyu (Nigeria) 4. Under The Guava Tree by Annetjie van Wynegaard (South Africa) 5. The Night Sango Came to Ugbaje by Suleiman Agbonkhianmen Buhari...

Press Release: Artmosphere June 21, 2014 ARTMOSPHERE is a uniquely new platform for the revival of a vibrant reading culture and the promotion of creative expressions in literature, music and the arts amongst the nation’s teeming young population. Incorporating the classic ideals of artistic erudition with the innovations of performance practice and contemporary culture, ARTMOSPHERE offers an eclectic mix of creative dexterity from leading and emerging culture practitioners in Nigeria. Book readings, poetry performances, music renditions and mini art exhibitions are creatively fused together to make each edition...

The death of Colombian author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a writer so definitive in terms of Latin American writing that he has been compared to Cervantes, has sent the world of literature into mourning. We at Parrésia mourn this loss with for he was, without a doubt, a great man of words and letters. He was simply Marquez, he needed to first name or surname. Marquez. Our author, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, winner of the 2007 BBC African Performance Prize, whose story "The Whispering Trees" [Parresia Books 2012] was shortlisted...

The death of Colombian author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a writer so definitive in terms of Latin American writing that he has been compared to Cervantes, has sent the world of literature into mourning. We at Parrésia mourn this loss with for he was, without a doubt, a great man of words and letters. He was simply Marquez, he needed to first name or surname. Marquez. Our author, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, winner of the 2007 BBC African Performance Prize, whose story "The Whispering Trees" [Parresia Books 2012] was shortlisted...

The very first copies of a hot new poetry book, "Sunbeams and Shadows", by Minna based writer Saddiq Dzukogi, just rolled off our presses in Ibadan. It is a collection of 86 poems described by Unoma Azuah as evoking "a variety of tapestries that reach into mystic depths. . .there is a deliberate attempt to shock and startle as a way to deliver the urgency in the themes surveyed." Published by our Origami Books imprint, the beautiful cover was designed in Lagos, Nigeria by VEE Global Limited over a...

Chika Unigwe The much anticipated Africa39 List was announced an hour ago and we are delighted to note that two of our authors, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and Chika Unigwe, are on this august list. On the Africa39 list are Chimamanda Adichie, Taiye Selasi and Lola Shoneyin amongst others. The Project "The 39 Project consists of the selection of 39 writers under the age of 40 who have the potential and the talent to define the trends that will mark the future development of literature in a certain language or region. The...

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