Pulpfaction Book Club, in collaboration with Saraba Magazine, is organizing the 18th edition of Book N Gauge, a monthly literary event for lovers of literature and the arts, at large. Featured writers include award-winning Victor Ehikhamenor, author of bestselling ‘Excuse Me!’ and Maik Nwosu, author of ‘Invisible Chapters.’
At the event, Saraba Magazine will be awarding the Saraba/PEN Nigeria Poetry Prize, awarded jointly by PEN Nigeria and Saraba Magazine to a poet whose work was featured the previous year in one of the editions of the magazine. Ikeogu Oke, Dike Chukwumerije and Ajayi Kolade are the poets whose poems have been shortlisted for the Prize. The prize money for this year’s prize is 50,000 Naira for the winning poet, and 15,000 each for the runners-up.
In addition to conversations with the featured writers and a general Q & A session, the event will equally feature poetry performances by Atitola Morunfola, Tofarati-GT, Uche Nwadinachi, Daropale Victor and Olulu. Critically acclaimed musicians, DTone Martins and Lumynos, who have thrilled the Book N Gauge audience in the past, will also perform.
The featured authors are well recognized writers and artists. Victor Ehikhamenor is a Nigerian artist, writer, photographer and news media designer. He worked at NEXT newspapers as the creative director, as well as the Daily Times Nigeria as CEO/Editor-in-Chief. Apart from painting, photographing, and exhibiting his works around the world, he runs a strategic communication and branding firm. He is the author of bestselling book, ‘Excuse Me!’, published by Parresia Publishers; his short story, ‘The Supreme Command’, won the Association of Commonwealth Broadcasters Award; and his poetry collection, Sordid Rituals, was published in 2002.
Dr. Maik Nwosu is an associate professor of African and world literature at the University of Denver, Colorado. Nwosu’s poetry collection, ‘Suns of Kush’, was awarded the Association of Nigerian Authors/Cadbury Poetry Prize. His novels, ‘Invisible Chapters and Alpha Song’, received the Association of Nigerian Authors Prose Prize and the Association of Nigerian Authors/Spectrum Prose Prize respectively. He has also published a short story collection, Return to Algadez, and a scholarly text on the traveling sign, ‘Markets of Memories: Between the Postcolonial and the Transnational.’ His poems, stories, and novel excerpts have appeared in Okike, Drumvoices Revue, New Writing 14, Dublin Quarterly, El Ghibli, Fiction International, and Agni Online. Nwosu is a fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany and the Civitella Ranieri Center in Umbertide, Italy, as well as a member of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars.
As is the usual practice at the event, classic books will be auctioned to fastest-bidding attendees.
Date: 15 December, 2012
Venue: Debonairs Bookshop, Ground floor, 294 Herbert Macaulay Street, Yaba, Lagos.
Gate: Free, but donations to the Book Club and Saraba Magazine welcome