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Pulpfaction Book Club, in collaboration with Saraba Magazine, is organizing the 18th edition of Book N Gauge, a monthly literary event for lovers of literature and the arts, at large. Featured writers include award-winning Victor Ehikhamenor, author of bestselling 'Excuse Me!' and Maik Nwosu, author of 'Invisible Chapters.'  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 work was featured the previous year in one of the editions of the magazine. Ikeogu Oke,...

The weekend saw indigenous Nigerian publisher, Parrésia Publishers Ltd, hold its “Excuse Us!” event at the Patabah Bookstore, Shoprite Mall, Surulere, Lagos. The occasion saw the public release of a new book, Excuse Me!, released under its traditional model publishing Parrésia imprint. It would be recalled that a sign-on ceremony was carried out at Debonair Bookstore, Yaba, Lagos in June 2012. Other authors signed on for the Dry Season Book Release Window [November to May] are Helon Habila for his Oil on Water [Parrésia imprint] and Tanimu Sule Lagi...

 -1-Parrésia Publishers Ltd, at 10:30 a.m. today, officially released the covers of three new books by Victor Ehikhamenor, Helon Habila and Tanimu Sule Lagi. The books will be available at bookstores nationwide as well as via our online retailer by the second week of December. To view the covers— Helon Habila’s literary fiction, Oil on Water, here Victor Ehikhamenor’s collection of essays, Excuse Me! here and Tanimu Sule Lagi’s crime fiction, The BOFAK Illusion here  -2-Patabah Bookstore, located inside the Lagos Shoprite Mall at Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, Surulere, will be hosting two Parrésia authors...

At the sign-on ceremony for Emmanuel Iduma  All is set for the release of three new books by Parrésia Publishers Ltd, Nigeria’s newest publishing company. Parrésia, set up in January 2012 by literature lovers Azafi Omoluabi-Ogosi and Richard Ali to publish new African voices, presently owns two imprints—the Parrésia and Origami imprints. The Parrésia imprint is a traditional model publishing outfit while Origami is a specialised publishing imprint designed for authors who desire greater control of the publishing process. In the year 2012, the company hit the market with...

Writing in a socially challenged society; going the social commentary route. In a nation where many have come to view works of art, be they visual, auditory or the written word, as an escape from harsh reality, some have argued that making these problems the main thrust of works or art constitute a form of double torture. They argue that the man on the street would rather read about happy people, rich people, people in love and people having fun, rather than the problems that stare them in the...

3. The tiny corpse lay in a multicoloured bundle, cradled in the mother’s arm. She held out the bundle to me, showing me the innocent face that could have been sleeping but was now very dead. The mother’s brown eyes gleamed, not with grief but with a fiery hostility. “You killed him, you wicked witch,” she hissed angrily. The words stung me, like a vicious blow, like the heat had struck me when we first arrived Abuja. It was not particularly strange that she called me a witch; they all did...

Parrésia Books - Abubakar Adam Ibrahim's The Whispering Trees, Richard Ali's City of Memories and Emmanuel Iduma's Farad - are available at the following bookshops and outlets, across Nigeria. Lagos University of Lagos Bookshop                                  University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos. Debonair Bookshop                                                       294, Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos. EPP Book Services Nig Ltd.                                        6 Matthew Street, off Ojuelegba, Surulere, Lagos. Mafix Bookstore                        ...

A review by  Morgan Oluwafemi  The Whispering Tress, a collection of 12 short stories by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, attracts you from the cover. The fictional work – published by Parresia Publishers, an emerging publishing firm in Nigeria – is put into the shelf with the aesthetic precision of international publishing touchstones. However, you might wonder what the writer has to offer that others you have read haven’t offered. Right from the first story titled “Twilight and Mist”, Abubakar distinguishes his rendition from the pack; his stories start on a note of...

Parresia Publishers Ltd is pleased to officially welcome Victor Ehikhamenor to its Parresia imprint. A sign-on ceremony was held on the 27th August 2012 at Debonair Bookshop in Yaba, Lagos. He becomes the third writer to be signed by our traditional publishing Parresia imprint, joining Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (The Whispering Trees) and Emmanuel Iduma (Farad). We will be publishing his creative non-fiction, which will include both text and pictures, in November 2012. Victor Ehikhamenor is an award winning visual artist, writer and photographer. His short story, 'The Supreme Command', won...

Dear Family and Friends, I am pretty sure you are all having a difficult time deciding what to get for me for my birthday. Due to my importance to you all, I know the coming ten days or so will be most difficult for you as you decide what is most appropriate for me. I’m a very considerate person, and that’s why I’m here to put you out of your misery (certainly not by killing you). I’m here to help you and offer you some tips on what you...

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