The Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) and the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited will hold this year’s edition of its annual Book Party at TerraKulture Arena on Victoria Island.
The party date is August 25, 2018.
The event is to feature readings and discussions around the 11 books longlisted for the N35.7Million Nigerian Prize for Literature, which is now in its 14th year. The party is the ninth since 2009.
The party’s Special Guests of honour are, naturally, the authors of the 11 books loglisted. They include Chidubem Iweka, author of August Inmates Death Denja Abdullahi The King’s Grey Hair; Soji Cole, Embers; Obari Gomba Guerrilla Post; Peter E. Omoko Majestic Revolt; Dul Johnson Melancholia, Diran Ademiju-Bepo No More the Taming Hawks; Bosede Ademilua-Afolayan Once Upon an Elephant; Jude Idada Sankara; Akanji Nasiru The Rally and Dickson Ekhaguere Unstable.
“The party is used to celebrate the authors and their works for emerging as some of the very best in the country”, says Jahman Anikulapo, CORA’s Programme Chair. “If you make it to the last 11 out of 89 highly competitive entries, the public needs to hear your voice.” The former editor of The Guardian On Sunday says that the authors will be brought face-to-face with the core of Lagos literary community as well as members of the larger public who show up at the party.
A shortlist of three is expected in September and a possible winner will be announced by the Advisory Board in October.
CORA’s mission is “to create enabling environment for the flourishing of the contemporary arts of Nigeria and the continent, while its vision is “to make art and culture the prime destination for investment in Nigeria and Africa by 2018.”
CORA won the Prince Claus Award in 2006.