The Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) will on Sunday at the Muson Centre in Lagos host the longlisted authors in this year’s Nigeria Prize for Literature to its annual Book Party.
A CORA statement by its Programme Chair, Jahman Anikulapo, says it’s the 10th annual feast of its kind and will honour the 11 writers whose books have been shortlisted for the $100,000 Nigeria Prize for Literature.
“The event runs from 2 pm to 5 pm and will feature readings of passages of each of the works, interviews with these new starts, and interaction with the audience,” CORA stated.
It said further that the book party is a way of ensuring that there’s a robust audience engagement with the books that have been longlisted for this award as a work that makes it to the last 11 is worthy of significant public acknowledgement.
The books and authors to be celebrated include Ginika’s Adventures by Nneka Ochiche, OBIOMA by Nkiru Uzoh, Mystery at Ebenezer Lodge by Dunni Olatunde, Spurred Surprises by Lami Adejoh Opawale, A Hero’s Welcome by Ndidi Chiazor Enenmor, Double ‘A’ For Adventure by Anisa Daniel Oniko, The Great Walls of Benin by O. T. Begho, Igho Goes to Farm by Anote Ajeluorou, She Calls Him Daddy, by Oladele Medaiyese, Boom Boom by Jude Idada and Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani.
These books are all works of Children Literature.
CORA says it believes in the building of the soft infrastructure of the book industry; the presence and improvement of book reviews in the old and new media, the availability and utility of a functional library system, the efficiency of distribution and the profitability of the vocation of writing.