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Helon Habila, preeminent Nigerian author and winner of the Caine Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize [Africa Region], will be editing Cordite Books—a new crime and spy fiction imprint based in Lagos, Nigeria. Cordite Books [ www.corditebooks.com ] is jointly owned by Parrésia Publishers Ltd [ www.parresia.com.ng ] and Mr. Habila will be opening its call for submissions for manuscripts of crime fiction from all across Africa. A first prize of a publishing contract and a $1,000 advance on royalties will be offered as well as $250 and $200...

Origami Books is pleased to release the cover of its first mass market work of poetry, Samson Kukogho Iruesiri’s debut collection, “What Words Can Do?” Kukogho Iruesiri Samson is a multimedia journalist working with a national newspaper based in Nigeria's capital city, Abuja, where he is an Assistant Online Editor. Born in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Samson has lived in several parts of the country, picking up the Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo languages while being exposed to those rich cultures.  He picked an interest in literature early, after...

Nigeria’s Tope Folarin has won the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing, described as Africa’s leading literary award, for his short story entitled ‘Miracle’ from Transition, Issue 109 (Bloomington, 2012).The Chair of Judges, Gus Casely-Hayford, announced Tope Folarin as the winner of the £10,000 prize at a dinner held this evening (Monday, 8 July) at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.‘Miracle’ is a story set in Texas in an evangelical Nigerian church where the congregation has gathered to witness the healing powers of a blind pastor-prophet. Religion and the...

Fresh from the stables of Parrésia Publishers Ltd, publishers of The Whispering Trees, the famed 2013 Caine Prize shortlist comes another literary offering. The book “Fresh Air and other stories” was recently unveiled by the publishers under its Origami imprint. Reward Nsirim’s “Fresh Air and other stories” is a compendium of sixteen (16) fictional stories about the oddities of corruption, ill-handled security and other absurd nuances that has become the norm in the Nigerian state. From a renowned international scholar who is intellectually reduced and left redundant...

Two more reviews on Abubakar Adam Ibrahim's The WHispering Trees are shared by two other bloggers blogging this years Caine shortlist. Beverley Nambozo's piece Bev is Blogging The Caine, Sometimes all it takes is a Whisper. can be read here  JEFFREY ZUCKERMAN's THE CAINE PRIZE'S PREHISTORIES: ABUBAKAR ADAM IBRAHIM'S “THE WHISPERING TREES” can be read here ...

Kola Tubosun shares his thoughts on the Whispering Trees on ktravula.com This week, I discuss my thoughts on Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s Whispering Trees, the fourth story on the shortlist of the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing. Many other bloggers are participating in what Aaron Bady spearheaded as a “Blog Carnival”: thoughts and opinions on each of the shortlisted stories. Find the rest of the reviews on twitter via the hashtag #CainePrize._____________Of all the stories I have read since this Caine Prize carnival began, Whispering Trees is one I have read twice fully, from beginning to end. It...

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