Parrésia Prepares to Release New Books in Time for Christmas

At the sign-on ceremony for Emmanuel Iduma

 All is set for the release of three new books by Parrésia Publishers Ltd, Nigeria’s newest publishing company. Parrésia, set up in January 2012 by literature lovers Azafi Omoluabi-Ogosi and Richard Ali to publish new African voices, presently owns two imprints—the Parrésia and Origami imprints. The Parrésia imprint is a traditional model publishing outfit while Origami is a specialised publishing imprint designed for authors who desire greater control of the publishing process. In the year 2012, the company hit the market with three books; The Whispering Trees by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim and Farad by Emmanuel Iduma [Parrésia], with Richard Ali’s City of Memories coming out under the Origami imprint in May. These books have continued to excite the imagination of Nigerian readers with international fellowship and workshop invitations, radio appearances and numerous reviews trailing Parrésia’s star authors.

The company’s Dry Season Book Release Window will see the release of new books by Helon Habila, Victor Ehikhamenor and Tanimu Sule Lagi. Helon Habila’s third novel, Oil on Water, and Victor Ehikhamenor’s debut collection of essays, Excuse Me! will be released under the Parrésia imprint while a crime fiction, The BOFAK Illusion by Tanimu Sule Lagi, will debut under the Origami imprint.


  The covers of these books will be officially released tomorrow, 29th November, 2012 on the company’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ParresiaPublishers , blog and website. The covers were executed by artists Akila Brisca, Abdulkarim Baba Aminu and Akeem Ibrahim. All three books will be available in bookstores across Nigeria by the second week of December in time for Christmas shopping.

 When the company’s Managing Editor, Azafi, was asked about this development, she said she was “thrilled to finally unveil these books. Each cover was executed by an artist with a mind to match, in terms of cover art, the quality of writing in the book. These are books that famous aesthete, Oscar Wilde, would be proud to own; as with our authors, each cover is 100% authentic Nigeriana.”  She also said the company is in talks to have a Nigerian online retailer in place by the first quarter of 2013 to make secure and effective digital-based payments and distribution possible nationwide at the lowest cost per book.

Omoluabi-Ogosi confirmed that orders for all three books have started coming in from across the world and that further information can be gotten about the book by sending email to the company’s Creative Director, Ms. Irene Nwoye at irene.nwoye@parresiapublishers.com, while pre-orders can be sent to orders@parresiapublishers.com

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