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CORA holds book party for Nigeria Prize for Literature nominees

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Plans have reached conclusive stages for the Committee for Relevant Art (CORA) and the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Limited Book Party.

The event holds at Terra Kulture Arena on Victoria Island.

The party date is August 25, 2018 and time is from 2:00 pm to 6:00pm.

The Book Party is designed to celebrate the 11 finalists (long list) of the yearly Nigeria Prize for Literature endowed and promoted by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG.

According to the organisers, the objectives are to help bring the works and profiles of the finalists to larger public attention before the announcement of the final three finalists.

“The Book Party, as manifested in the past editions, is to ensure that we bring the short-listed writers and books face-to-face with the literary audiences so that we could create conversations around the work and the author.

Since the first edition, the Book Party has become a platform through which the shortlisted writers are engaged on their work by the public,” stated the CORA directorate, which has been a critical partner in the projection of the shortlisted works to the attention of the public.”

CORA’s mission is “to create enabling environment for the flourishing of the contemporary arts of Nigeria and the continent, while its vision is “to make art and culture the prime destination for investment in Nigeria and Africa by 2018.”

The party’s special guests are authors of the 11 books loglisted.

They include, Chidubem Iweka (August Inmates), Denja Abdullahi (Death and The King’s Grey Hair), Soji Cole (Embers), Obari Gomba (Guerrilla Post) and Peter E. Omoko (Majestic Revolt).

Others are, Dul Johnson (Melancholia), Diran Ademiju-Bepo (No More the Taming Hawks), Bosede Ademilua-Afolayan (Once Upon an Elephant), Jude Idada (Sankara), Akanji Nasiru (The Rally) and Dickson Ekhaguere (Unstable).

The event is to feature readings and discussions around the 11 books longlisted for the N35.7 million Nigerian Prize for Literature, which is now in its 14th year. The party is the ninth since 2009.


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