Sunday, May 03, 2009

9 Writers, 4 Cities: The Book Tour

There's so much happening in the Nigerian book space lately (Toni Kan book reading a few weeks ago, Sefi Atta book reading about a couple of months ago, the launch of a collection of poems by Abioye Taiwo two weeks ago) and I am excited this!!!!! This is despite struggling to finish the 'fairly slim' book I started a couple of weeks ago. Anyway, never mind my slowness; it should not be mistaken for disinterest.

From May to June, we have the pleasure of seeing nine writers on a book tour that will take them to 4 cities across Nigeria. 9 Writers, 4 Cities: The Book Tour is a series of book readings, book signings and discussions.

The participating writers are: Odia Ofeimun (poet and author of The Poet Lied), Toni Kan (author of Nights of a Creaking Bed), Lindsay Barrett (journalist, poet and author of several books, including Song for Mumu), Jumoke Verissimo (author of I am Memory), Tade Ipadeola (a lawyer and author of the poetry collection A Sign of Times), Joy Isi Bewaji (author of Eko Dialogue), Eghosa Imasuen (medical doctor and author of To Saint Patrick), A. Igoni Barrett (managing editor of Farafina magazine and author of From Caves of Rotten Teeth) and Bimbo Adelakun (journalist and author of Under the Brown Rusted Roofs).

The schedule is as follows:

2 May: Lagos, 2—7 pm, African Artists Foundation, No 54, Raymond Njoku Street, Ikoyi

6 June: Ibadan, 2—5 pm, Cambridge House, 20, Joop Berkhout Crescent, Onireke

17 May: Lagos, 2—7 pm, at The Palms Shopping Mall, Lekki

23 May: Benin, 2—5 pm, The Hexagon, 2A Golf Course Rd

6 June: Lagos, 2—5 pm, African Artists Foundation, No 54, Raymond Njoku Street, Ikoyi

Admission to all events is free. Signed copies of the participating writers’ books will be available for sale at all the venues on the day of each event.

The 6-week tour will be covered on the Farafina magazine blog while audio and video recordings of each reading will be placed on Switched On as podcasts. Dada Books, Daylight Media, The Palms, Planet One Television and August Media are also media partners on this project.

For further information, call 0706.114.1232, or email

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