BOOK AND GUAGE 19 – AN AFTERNOON WITH CHIKA UNIGWE
Pulpfaction Book Club presents the 19th edition of Book n’ Guage, a monthly literary event for lovers of literature and the arts at large. The featured writer for this month’s edition is Chika Unigwe, winner of the 2012 NLNG Prize for Literature, and internationally acclaimed author of Night Dancer, On Black Sister’s Street and The Phoenix.
In addition to a rich and engaging conversation with the featured writer, a general Q and A session, the event will equally feature a poetry reading session by Emmanuel Okoh, author of Garden and Caves, and music by Dtone Martins.
About the featured guests
Chika Unigwe was born in Enugu, Nigeria, and now lives in Turnhout, Belgium, with her husband and four children. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and an MA from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. She also holds a PhD from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands in 2004. Chika Unigwe is the author of fiction, poetry, articles and educational material. She won the 2003 BBC Short Story Competition for her story "Borrowed Smile", a Commonwealth Short Story Award for "Weathered Smiles" and a Flemish literary prize for "De Smaak van Sneeuw", her first short story written in Dutch. "The Secret", another of her short stories, was nominated for the 2004 Caine Prize. She was the recipient of a 2007 Unesco-Aschberg fellowship for creative writing, and of a 2009 Rockefeller Foundation fellowship for creative writing. Chika Unigwe's stories have been broadcast on BBC World Service, Radio Nigeria, and other Commonwealth Radio Stations. Her first novel, De Feniks, was published in Dutch by Meulenhoff / Manteau in September 2005. She has authored other novels including the prize-winning On Black Sister’s Street and most recently Night Dancer.
Dtone Martins is one of the new Nigerian singers to watch out for. His new singles “Sunkun Ife” and“Ife Gbagbara” have been attracting rave reviews. He has performed on stages with Nigerian musicians like Dj Zeez, M I, Banky, 2 face, 9ice, Sunny Ade, Femi Kuti and P-Square. Eyes closed, fingers strumming the guitar, sonorous voice tantalizing the audience, D Tone is always a delight to watch.
Emmanuel Uweru Okoh works have been published in NEXT, Saraba magazine, Sentinel Nigeria, Naijastories.com, ITCH magazine and Mad Hatters’ Review of Iceland. Emmanuel lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. His poetry collection, Gardens and Caves, was published by SunBird Books, November 2012.
As is the usual practice at the event, classic books will be auctioned to fastest-bidding attendees
Date: 26 January 2012
Venue: Debonairs Bookshop (Ground floor, 294 Herbert Macaulay Street, Yaba, Lagos).
For more information, please write firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07034170121. The Twitter hashtag for the event is #BooknGuage19