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amu nnadi Parrésia Publishers Ltd is pleased to announce that its author, amu nnadi, has just won the 2014 Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry for his collection through the window of a sandcastle published by our Origami Books imprint (2013). The collection, amu nnadi’s third, had earlier been shortlisted for the 2013 $100,000 NLNG Prize and won the prestigious Association of Nigerian Authors Prize for Poetry in 2013. He was earlier shortlisted with Kadija Sesay (Senegal) and Kobus Moolman (South Africa). The Glenna Luschei Prize is administered by the African...

In another of a series of interviews with the new voices shaping Nigerian literature, poet and short story writer, Uche Peter Umez, interviews a second Parrésia Poet following Saddiq M. Dzukogi's interview HERE. Umar Sidi is a helicopter pilot with the Nigerian Navy. He is the author of Striking the Strings [Origami Books: set for release] and The Poet of Sand. He lives in Lagos. Umar Sidi 1. What is poetry to you? And what defines a poem as...

Caine Prize for African Literature Director, Lizzy Attree, announcing the 2015 Judges at the Ake Arts and Book Festival in Abeokuta yesterday. Friday 21 November, 2014 Caine Prize 2015 judging panel announced in Nigeria The judges of this year’s Caine Prize for African Writing were announced today at the Ake Arts and Book Festival in Abeokuta, Nigeria. The panel will be chaired by award-winning South African author Zoë Wicomb. She will be joined by the distinguished television and radio journalist Zeinab Badawi, Indian author and Man Booker Prize shortlistee...

One of the most perceptive interviewers now active in Nigeria, Uche Peter Umez, recently conducted an extensive interview with Parrésia poet Saddiq Dzukogi. Our Origami Books imprint published Saddiq's bestselling collection, Sunbeams and Shadows, in 2014. #enjoy #share Saddiq Dzukogi New Voices: Uche Peter Umez interviews Saddiq Dzukogi, Sunbeams and Shadows Saddiq Dzukogi works with the Niger State Book Development Agency. Author of three poetry collections: Image of life, Canvas, and Sunbeams & Shadows, he was the winner of the maiden edition of ANA/Mazariyya Teen authorship Prize for poetry...

Respected blog site, This Is Africa, has just put up a list of 9 authors published in Africa you should know about and we are pleased to note two of these authors, the first two on the list, are our very own Parrésia Books imprint authors. They are Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and Chika Unigwe. Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s “The Whispering Trees” is also now available for download on mobile literature vendor Okada Books. Download the Okada Books Android app HERE. #MadeInAfrica #Fiction #ThisIsAfrica 1. Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (The Whispering Trees) Abubakar Adam...

Reward Nsirim We are pleased to announce that our author, Reward Nsirim, has just been longlisted for the 2014 Etisalat Prize for Literature. The Port-Harcourt born, Abuja-based author was longlisted for his collection “Fresh Air and Other Stories” (Origami Books: 2013). As publishers, this nod, coming on the heels of amu nnadi’s Glenna Luschei Prize shortlist, is an acclaim we treasure with immense delight. The news was contained in a Press Release posted on South African literary portal BooksLiveSA HERE . See text BELOW-- Longlist For Etisalat Prize for Literature 2014...

amu nnadi at the Frankfurt a Book Fair 2014 In what is turning out to be a great year for Parrésia poet amu nnadi, he has just been shortlisted, along with Kadija Sesay (Senegal) and Kobus Moolman (South Africa) for the 2014 Glenna Luschei Prize. He has been shortlisted for his third collection of poetry, through the window of a sandcastle, published in 2013 by our Origami Books imprint (available via Amazon HERE) A press release, on the African Poetry Book Fund’s website HERE, states-- "Finalist Amu Nnadi is a...

Award winning Nigerian poet, amu nnadi, was recently in #NewYorkCity , as a guest of the Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York. In New York, amongst other engagements, he read at the Celebrate Africa event. The poem below is a meditation of his recent visit to The Big Apple. Parrésia published his third poetry collection through the window of a sandcastle (ANA Prize for Poetry 2013 winner), available on Amazon HERE. amu nnadi with Bill diBlasio, Mayor of New York manhattan, mistress by amu nnadi you come...

"We are all publishers from countries which are not very rich, where there are major distribution issues, sometimes censorship issues and sometimes war. Among the most inspiring presentations was by a colleague from Syria who talked about the impossibility of publishing in his country. And he ended his presentation by asking, Why do I still publish? And he showed us a picture of a small child sitting amidst the debris of Damascus, holding on to a small book. ‘Hope,’ he said. Because books bring hope." - Sayoni Basu, Duckbill...

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