Welcome to throwback Thursday!
Today, I’ll be throwing back to late last month when I hosted the highly acclaimed author and winner of the NLNG Prize for Literature, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim during a book reading and signing event organized by the publishers of his recently published collection of short stories titled ‘Dreams and Assorted Nightmares‘. I have reviewed this book and two others by the author on this blog in “Book Reviews” so you can check it out.
The event took place in Lagos, Nigeria at the Roving Heights Bookstore (Victoria Island branch) with a good number of people from the Lagos book community in attendance. Abubakar read some excepts from his book after responding to questions I and the audience asked him about his writing and his recently published book.
As usual, it was a thrill for me to meet a favorite author and even better to be in conversation with him. Here are some highlights of the event in pictures.
The event ended with the author signing books for fans and also taking photographs. It was a delightful experience and I look forward to being a part of an event such as this. Special thanks to the publishers, Masobebooks.
About the author:
Abubakar Adam Ibrahim is a Nigerian creative writer and journalist. His debut short-story collection The Whispering Trees was longlisted for the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2014, with the title story shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing.
Ibrahim has won the BBC African Performance Prize and the ANA Plateau/Amatu Braide Prize for Prose and in 2014, he was selected for the Africa39 list of writers aged under 40 with potential and talent to define future trends in African literature.
His first novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms, won the Nigerian Prize for Literature, Africa’s largest literary prize in 2016.
He is the Features Editor at the Daily Trust newspaper. Ibrahim’s reporting from North-East Nigeria has won particular critical acclaim. In May 2018 he was announced as the winner of the Michael Elliot Award for Excellence in African Storytelling, awarded by the International Center for Journalists, for his report “All That Was Familiar”, published in Granta magazine.
‘Dreams and Assorted Nightmares’ is his third book and second collection of short stories.
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