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Aug
8
7:00 pm19:00

Not Another Book Podcast Live Episode with Tomi Adeyemi (Bristol)

 

Join NAB Podacst for a live podcast session with special guest Tomi Adeyemi - the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 'Children of Blood And Bone' - at Waterstones Bristol.

Where: Waterstones, Union Galleries, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3XD.

When: August 8, 2018 at 7pm.

Get tickets (with a special edition of the book and a signed copy of the map) here.

 

About Children Of Blood And Bone

"

Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled - Burner's igniting flames, Tider's beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic - and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Praise

"

Adeyemi keeps it fresh with an all-black cast of characters, a meaningful emphasis on fighting for justice, a complex heroine saving her own people, and a brand of magic made more powerful by the strength of heritage and ancestry. Perfect for fans of the expansive fantasy worlds of Leigh Bardugo, Daniel Jose Older, and Sabaa Tahir."

Booklist (Starred Review)

"

Adeyemi's devastating debut is a brutal, beautiful tale of revolution, faith, and star-crossed love."

Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

 
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Aug
2
6:30 pm18:30

Tomi Adeyemi In Conversation With Raifa Rafiq (Nottingham)

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Join Waterstones Nottingham as they host host Tomi Adeyemi - the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 'Children of Blood And Bone' - for an inspirational evening in-conversation with Raifa Rafiq.

 

About Children Of Blood And Bone

"

Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled - Burner's igniting flames, Tider's beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

Zélie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic - and her growing feelings for an enemy.

Praise

"

Adeyemi keeps it fresh with an all-black cast of characters, a meaningful emphasis on fighting for justice, a complex heroine saving her own people, and a brand of magic made more powerful by the strength of heritage and ancestry. Perfect for fans of the expansive fantasy worlds of Leigh Bardugo, Daniel Jose Older, and Sabaa Tahir."

Booklist (Starred Review)

"

Adeyemi's devastating debut is a brutal, beautiful tale of revolution, faith, and star-crossed love."

Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

 
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May
9
2:00 pm14:00

Launch Of The New Edition Of Buchi Emecheta's Books (Lagos)

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Join Omenala Press at the Nigeria International Book Fair on May 9, 2018 at 2pm as they officially launch the reprints of acclaimed Nigerian novelist's, Buchi Emecheta, books in Lagos.

As a novelist and story teller Buchi Emecheta touched the lives of many people, and continues to inspire a new generation through the example she set as an immigrant, single mother of five children who rose to became an international literary figure.

The event will also entail:

Tributes to Buchi;

A short film of her life;

Readings from her works;

A panel conversation on her legacy.

 
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Mar
10
4:00 pm16:00

Book Launch: A Woman's Body Is A Country (Lagos)

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Join Ouida Books for a celebration and launch of Dami Ajayi's collection of poetry 'A Woman's Body Is A Country' on Saturday, March 10, 2018. The event will feature readings and signing from the author.

Where: Subterranea Retail Hub, 33 Town Planning Way, Ilupeju, Lagos.

When: Saturday March 10, 2018 at 3pm.

 

Praise

"

Dami Ajayi journeys into emotional borders that reveal the burdens of transitions, offering us lyrical poetry that reinvents perspectives. Here is the poetry of the quotidian, a philosophic and profound interrogation of relationships, of words, of bodies and their burdens, of times and time. There is poetry here, and it breathes.

Jumoke Verissimo

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These are poems of life turned inside out, where time cheats on writers, and the people and things at the brunt end of our oppressive pleasures come back to haunt us. Dami Ajayi is a poet in love with language and it’s slipperiness.

Mukoma Wa Ngugi

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The poems in this book are aesthetically passionate and sensually fearless. This poet teaches us anew the possibilities for language and the erotic. A Woman’s Body is a Country is tenacious, vital, honed. Dami Ajayi is a compelling and brilliant poet.

Uche Nduka

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Feb
3
10:30 am10:30

Celebrating Buchi Emecheta (London)

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The Brunei Gallery in central London, will host an all-day celebration of the life and work of the acclaimed Nigerian novelist Buchi Emecheta.

As a novelist and story teller Buchi Emecheta touched the lives of many people, and continues to inspire a new generation through the example she set as an immigrant, single mother of five children who rose to became an international literary figure.

This anniversary event will be a celebration Buchi Emecheta's life and work as well as an opportunity to hold a public conversation about her legacy.

The event will include a curated installation of The Life and Times of Buchi Emecheta, panel discussions, dramatisations of excerpts from two of her best know novels, music and dancing and of course Nigerian food. Also expect a colourful cultural tribute from members of the Ibusa community in London.

The official launch of the Buchi Emecheta Foundation and Omenala Press' exciting new edition of Buchi Emecheta's books will take place on the same day.

Get your tickets here. Full programme will be available here shortly.

 
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Dec
29
6:00 pm18:00

Ajinde (Lagos)

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A relaunch of and as a reinstatement of its journey to become of the foremost publishers, Arts and Africa and 16 by 16 are proud to present Ajinde (resurrection).

Here, Arts and Africa will be publishing two books: Monochrome Lagos’s Photobook Vol II in coolaboration wth Monochrome Lagos which features amazing photography from Logor alongside well curated and edited literature from talented individuals. The second book will be Numb Tantrums - a chapbook by Yakeeb, illustrated by Aàdesokan.

Join Arts and Africa from 5pm to 10pm on December 29, 2017 at 16 by 16 for an evening of music by Stiques, spoken word by Chika Jones, Yakeeb and Afopefoluwa, and live art by Aadeshokan and Yadi. This event is open to people of all ages so everyone is welcome! Purchase your ticket online now for 1,500 Naira here.

 
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Dec
23
4:00 pm16:00

Saraba Magazine: Transitions Launch (Lagos)

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"Join the editors of Saraba for a celebration of our new issue, “Transitions”. The featured writers and visual artists explore the theme of transitions through questions of time, movement, and exchange, among others.

Featuring readings by contributors — Suzanne Ushie, Yinka Elujoba, Ifeoluwa Nihinola, Amarachi Ekekwe, Kechi Nomu, Ayeni Olajide — and a discussion of the work and future of the magazine with editors Emmanuel Iduma and Dami Ajayi."

Where: 16 by 16—Flat 16, 16 Kofo Abayomi Street, VI, Lagos.

When: Saturday December 23, 2017 from 3pm-5pm.

 
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Nov
23
8:00 pm20:00

Book Launch: Lives Of Great Men

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"Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man is the new journalistic memoir by Chike Frankie Edozien, a gay Nigerian journalist who lives between New York, Lagos and Accra."

"From Victoria Island, Lagos to Brooklyn, U.S.A. to Accra, Ghana to Paris, France; from across the Diaspora to the heart of the African continent, in this memoir gay Nigerian journalist Chike Frankie Edozien offers a highly personal series of contemporary snapshots of same gender loving Africans, unsung Great Men living their lives, triumphing and finding joy in the face of great adversity.

On his travels and sojourns Edozien explores the worsening legal climate for gay men and women on the Continent; the impact homophobic evangelical American pastors are having in many countries, and its toxic intersection with political populism; and experiences the pressures placed on those living under harshly oppressive laws that are themselves the legacy of colonial rule - pressures that sometimes lead to seeking asylum in the West.

Yet he remains hopeful, and this memoir, which is pacy, romantic and funny by turns, is also a love-letter to Africa, above all to Nigeria and the megalopolis that is Lagos."

Join Chike at the launch of his book in the UK at Gay's the Word! He will be reading from his book and be in conversation with John R Gordon.

Where: Gay's The Word, 66 Marchmont Street, London, WC1N 1AB.

When: November 23rd, 2017, 7pm-9pm.

 
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Nov
16
7:30 pm19:30

Book Launch: When We Speak Of Nothing (Lagos)

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After series of successful launch events across Europe, Cassava Republic Press is proud to announce that it will be hosting the Nigerian launch of Olumide Popoola’s debut novel – When We Speak of Nothing.

When: November 16th, 2017 at 6.30pm

Where: Colours in Africa, 13a Musa Yar’Adua Street off Idowu Martins Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Escape the Lagos rush hour traffic for an evening of reading, conversation, music and poetry and more as Olumide Popoola transports us to the sound of London and Port Harcourt in her brilliant debut about friendship, loyalty, parenting, bullying and gender identity in the digital age.

And since we are talking youth, talent and voice, the sensational Afro-soul singer, OloriAfrica will perform her magic on drums and the fiery spoken performance poet, Eva will prepare us for the weekend.

Peppered with contemporary slang, When We Speak of Nothing has enjoyed positive reviews for its brilliant exploration of friendship, loyalty, race and gender identity in the digital age. The book follows the lives of two teenage best friends, Karl and Abu, who are caught up in the Niger Delta and London crisis, respectively – while still learning so much more about themselves and the world they live in.

Register for the event here.

In the mean time, you can read our review here, and/or our interview with Ms Popoola here

 
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Oct
9
10:00 am10:00

E-Book Launch: AFRIWOWRI's The Different Shades Of A Feminine Mind

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The Different Shades Of A Feminine Mind - a collection of stories by 20 African writers under AFRIWOWRI (African Women Writers) Literary Project will be launched Monday, October 9th, 2017. Below are the stories and authors to expect:

1. An Argument with my Landlord - Kingwa Kamencu [Kenya]
2. Let Lovers make love - Nokwanda Zakiyyah Shabangu [South Africa]
3. Mirage - Natasha Omokhodion Kalulu Banda [Zambia]
4. How to grab a Furnace - Ifunanya Adannaya Anih [Nigeria]
5. First Light - Innocent Achan Immaculate [Uganda]
6. The Angels are upon us - Wonuola Lawal [Nigeria]
7. Forty-eight hours - Catherine Shepherd [South Africa]
8. Fortitude - Pearl Mokgatlhane [Botswana]
9. Laide - Victoria Naa Takia Nunoo [Ghana]
10. Beauty's Curse - Ololade Ajekigbe [Nigeria]
11. Landmines in my mind - Ros Limbo [Botswana]
12. My Scars, your scars - Maame Akua T. Yawson [Ghana]
13. Operation:Mother's Bruises - Sanyu Kiyimba Kisaka [Uganda]
14. The Escape - Francisca Ogechi Okwulehie [Nigeria]
15. Through the eyes of Regret - Ife Olujuyigbe [Nigeria]
16. Skin Deep - Holly Ajala [USA]
17. We are Queens - Charissa Cassels [Eastern Cape]
18. The Devil made me do it - Hadiza Muhammad [Nigeria]
19. My Dirty Little Secret - Oke Bamidele [Nigeria]
20. Hiding under the cloak of Indifference - Beti Baiye [Nigeria]

 
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Aug
20
2:00 pm14:00

Book Launch: Tomini Adesina's George's Pieces Of Me

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Join Tomi Adesina as she launches her book - George's Pieces Of Me. 

"George’s Pieces of Me is a collection of poems and short stories exploring the complexities of human existence, an unending search for homes in people and journey towards redemption."

Send enquiries to writeto@tomiadesina.com and/or writetotomiadesina@gmail.com.

 
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Aug
12
7:00 pm19:00

Book Launch: Song My Enemy Taught Me (London)

A night of spoken word written and performed exclusively by women.

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"Award winning spoken word artist, poet, playwright and author, [Joelle Taylor,] releases Songs My Enemy Taught Me with Out-Spoken Press.

'Songs My Enemy Taught Me is a collection of poems themed around the experiences of women globally, but it had simple beginnings. It began with me. It began with a small child in a hotel room not wanting to speak. It began with opera, but the kind that cannot be heard. It began at the point at which I ended.

This is a book about colonisation and terrorism, about invasion and ownership. It is a survival manual, a map, a photograph, a song. It is internet at 2am. It is the way your mother just looked at you. It is the way the girl in front of you on the soft journey home just reached for her keys. It is your hand reaching for keys.'

The night will also feature guest performances by Karim Kamar, Sabrina Mahfouz and Anthony Anaxagorou.

Joelle Taylor has performed across the UK as well as internationally for the British Council (Zimbabwe, Brazil, Botswana) taking in a diverse range of venues from the 100 Club, the 02 Arena, the Royal Festival Hall and Ronnie Scott’s to the Royal Court, the Globe, the ICA, Buckingham Palace and various prisons including Pentonville and Holloway. She was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society Arts in 2015 as well as being named as one of Southbank Centre’s Nelson Mandela Change Makers for positively affecting cultural Britain.

Her first collection Ska Tissue was released on Mother Foucault Press in 2011 and her latest collection The Woman Who Was Not There was published by Burning Eye in 2014. Her books include The Woman Who Was Not There (2014) Ska Tissue (2011) BRAND (2009), Intwasa (Ama 2008), Acts of Passion (Routledge 1998), BRAND 2 (2011), and Domestic Violence (Scarlet Press 1995). She has also written numerous texts about theatre and slam poetry for small publications and online texts. She has been published in Wasafari and Magma among other literary magazines, as well as a chapter on slam for Making Poetry Happen (2015 Bloomsbury). She is included in both the Laudanum and She Grrrowls anthologies, due for release in 2017. Her new collection Songs My Enemy Taught Me is due for release in July 2017 on Out-Spoken press.

Out-Spoken Press is an independent publisher of poetry and critical writing. It aims to give a literary platform to poets and writers whose work is innovative, sensual and plural.

One ticket entitles purchaser to 1 copy of the book. Tickets serve as a receipt for purchase."

 
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Jul
23
4:00 pm16:00

White Lagos Book Party

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Join travel writer and journalist, Peju Awofeso, at the launch of his new book: White Lagos.

"WHITE LAGOS is a rare book that will fascinate and inspire the reader. A beautifully illustrated volume, it brings facets of one of Nigeria's foremost heritage to life through lively depictions and extraordinary details, revealing never-before-recorded experiences on happenings before, during, and after the Eyo festival. 


Using extensive research, personal eyewitness encounters, and interviews with the festival's participants, curators and visiting spectators, Pelu Awofeso takes the reader on a journey through preparations for the festival, and a kaleidoscope of riveting and colourful activities, all of which end in a spectacular finale at the Tafawa Balewa Square.


This is the ideal armchair traveller companion and for anyone who looks to witnessing the festival someday."

Where: Page Connoiseurs, 82 Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos.

 
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Jul
22
6:00 pm18:00

Okey Ndibe Tour (Akwa)

 

ABUJA

July 28th, 7pm: Abuja Literary Society Sandralia Hotel, Jabi

AKWA

July 22nd, 6pm: Havila Suites, 9 Okigwe Road, Akwa.

ENUGU

July 21st, 5pm: University Of Nigeria, Nsukka

LAGOS

July 9th, 2pm: Patabah Books, Surulere

July 13th, 11am: University Of Lagos, Yaba

July 15th, 12pm: Goethe Institut, Lagos Island

July 29th, 2pm: Quintessence, Ikoyi

IBADAN

July 30th, 1.30pm: Bookcraft HQ, Ibadan

PORT HARCOURT

July 18th, 10am: University Of Port Harcourt

For more information, check out Book Craft Africa.

 
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Jul
22
3:00 pm15:00

Anatomy Of A Broken Heart: Book Reading (Lagos)

Join O. O. Kukoyi as he performs pieces from his new book Anatomy Of A Broken Heart

The evening will feature a reading by the author as well as a book signing. It promises to be a night of intellectual stimulation and creative reverie.

Where: Ethnic Heritage Centre, 35a, Raymond Njoku Street, Lagos.

Read reviews of the book here.

 
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