Americanah Wins National Books Critics Circle Fiction Prize 2014

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s first novel was longlisted for the Man Booker prize; her second, Half of a Yellow Sun, won the Orange prize. Now her third, the acclaimed Americanah, has beaten Donna Tartt‘s The Goldfinch to win the Nigerian author one of most prestigious literary prizes in the US, the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) award.

“Adichie’s story of a Nigerian blogger who returns to her home country from the US to meet the man who was her childhood sweetheart was much-praised in the UK; the Guardian called it “impressive [and] subtle, but not afraid to pull its punches”; the Telegraph said it was “a brilliant exploration of being African in America”. Now the NBCC awards – the only US prize judged by critics – has also chosen to honour the novel, on Thursday announcing the “love story, immigrant’s tale and acute snapshot of our times” as the winner of its best novel prize, ahead of The Goldfinch, Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being, Javiar Marías’s The Infatuations and Alice McDermott’s Someone.” Read More . . .Image 

Culled from The Guardian

Special Farafina Commemorative Edition of Half of a Yellow Sun with Film Tie-in Cover

As you all know, our film division partnered with Slate Films amongst others to bring this Nigerian epic to the silverscreen. Biyi Bandele directed. Chiwetel and Thandie starred. Anika, Onyeka, Genevieve, OC Ukeje, and many of Nollywood’s finest put in appearances.

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In honour of their efforts, Farafina will release a commemorative edition of Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun. It will feature a film tie-in cover. And it will be released to stores on March 14th 2014.

A little birdy tells Farafina that the wait for the film is almost over *cough* Early April *wheeze*. So we will see you at the cinema; but first read the book again. Refresh your memory.

Farafina urges you to download these images of the book above and make it your desktop wallpaper

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A word to our trade partners and merchants: these are the only covers of the book available.To pre-order copies of the book, send email to orders@kachifo.com. Fight piracy. Buy the original.

Coming soon: Are We The Turning Point Generation. A Collection of Essays by Chude Jideonwo

Coming soon from our Kamsi imprint, Chude Jideonwo creates a tour de force of carefully laid out arguments in his witty conversational style.

Release date May 2014

Release date May 2014

Why do many Nigerian leaders ‘change’ once in office? Will the present generation of Nigerians do any better than its predecessors? Was Occupy Nigeria indeed a failure? Do we need a ‘Nigerian Dream’? Is ‘One Nigeria’ really worth it? These and many other difficult questions are raised in this thought provoking collection of essays on the paradox that is Nigeria.

Written with the keenness of youth but earnest and wise beyond its years, Are We the Turning Point Generation will resonate with young Nigerians while remaining relatable to previous generations. This book embodies the voice of a new breed of Nigerians willing to take a stand and do things differently. This collection of essays promises to inspire a new way of thinking, posing a challenge to Nigerians, young and old, to ‘pick a spot, and start digging’!

2014 – Kachifo Limited Launches Breeze Books and Kamsi – Two New Imprints.

2014 is here and in our continual striving to “Tell our own Stories“, we, Kachifo Limited, publishers of the Farafina imprint of books, announce the start of a new era in our history: the launch of two new imprints.

Breeze Books

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Nigerian genre fiction will see a renaissance in the coming years and Kachifo Limited is poised to be a leader in this field. From the early years, Kachifo Limited has been interested in getting these kinds of stories to our people. Eghosa Imasuen’s first novel, To Saint Patrick (2008) then published under the Farafina imprint, was a crime, police-procedural, that played with the tropes of the Alternate History genre. Stories like this will be well represented here. As will Romance, Mystery, Thrillers, and Scifi/Fantasy novels and short stories. They will be released in hard copy and eBook format.

We have spent the last few months silently acquiring these stories. The first of these books are slated for release in Early April, at the start of the second quarter of 2014.

Kamsi Books

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Ever wanted to read books that covered the lifestyles of Nigerians? Ever wanted a fresh look at your celebrities and opinion formers and makers? What about a collection of essays that is not  stuffy or overly self-important? And that recipe you have always wanted, wouldn’t you like to see this in a book, well-packaged, beautifully illustrated, and with measurements in figures you can understand? Then Kamsi Books is the place to come to. Kamsi Books is Kachifo’s new lifestyle imprint and will be focused on bringing creative non-fiction, celebrity memoirs, lifestyle books, cooking books, travel books, etc, to the reading public. We know you will enjoy the first of our entries, which are expected to hit the bookshops, and eBook vendors by March of 2014.

Submissions

Kachifo Limited is always looking for new voices. Please keep on sending your queries for publications and your writing samples to submissions@kachifo.com.

In Other News

Farafina, the literary imprint of Kachifo Limited is set to release second editions of some of your favourite novels. Pocket-sized, freshly designed editions of such favourites as Fine Boys by Eghosa Imasuen, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Half of a Yellow Sun, by the same author, and which will be sporting a film tie-in cover, will hit the stands in March of 2014.

Farafina will also be publishing the Nigerian edition of Yejide Kilanko‘s Daughters Who Walk This Path early in the 2nd half of 2014. 

As the weeks go by you will receive announcements specifically about each of these new projects. Please help us spread the word.

Americanah: One of the 10 Best Books of 2013

The year’s best books, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

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The New York Times’ 10 Best Books of 2013

By turns tender and trenchant, Adichie’s third novel takes on the comedy and tragedy of American race relations from the perspective of a young Nigerian immigrant. From the office politics of a hair-braiding salon to the burden of memory, there’s nothing too humble or daunting for this fearless writer, who is so attuned to the various worlds and shifting selves we inhabit — in life and online, in love, as agents and victims of history and the heroes of our own stories.” ~ The New York Times.

Read the rest here.

The UK Guardian also named Americanah as one of the Best Fiction of 2013

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

So what should we get Chimamanda for Christmas?

I’d love to be given, as a present, a signed copy of Politics: Observations and Arguments, 1966-2004 (Penguin) by Hendrik Hertzberg, whose work I admire very much.” ~ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Imaginary Conversations @ Ake by Chuma Nwokolo

Chuma Nwoloko, author of Diaries of a Dead African, and brilliant humorist, was at the Ake Arts and Book Festival. HE went with his camera, and he did not leave his wit behind. See below for a series of photos depicting the festival from another angle.

Warning: These pictures are real enough, but the conversations only occurred within the precincts of a writerly imagination.

Lola Shoneyin, Molara Wood, Lewis?, and a "CIA Agent".

Lola Shoneyin, Molara Wood, Lewis?, and a “CIA Agent”.

Richard Ali, Lola Shoneyin, Pius Adesanmi, Remi Raji.

Richard Ali, Lola Shoneyin, Pius Adesanmi, Remi Raji.

Toads for Supper!

Toads for Supper!

Presidential Plot!

“Oh come on, President Rem Raj, Your fellow writers will never sign up to a Third-Term-Agenda!”
“True, I don’t know what’s got into me. Must be this Abeokuta wine…”

Seriously. One Day I Will Also Write About This Airline ~ Binyavanga Wainaina

Seriously. One Day I Will Also Write About This Airline ~ Binyavanga Wainaina

"So I said to her: my name is Eghosa Imasuen, I am a Warripolitan, and she said to me: which kain Waripolitan? You dey drink red wine? Dem born you for New York Siri?"

“So I said to her: my name is Eghosa Imasuen, I am a Warripolitan, and she said to me: which kain Waripolitan? You dey drink red wine? Dem born you for New York Siri?”

Efe Paul Azino

Efe Paul Azino

Chuma Nwokolo & Ikhide Ikheloa.

Chuma Nwokolo & Ikhide Ikheloa.

Teju Cole & Tolu Ogunlesi

Teju Cole & Tolu Ogunlesi

Lolo Shoneyin, The Secret Lives of African Writers.

Lola Shoneyin, The Secret Lives of African Writers.

URGENT Call For Submissions: Africa39

African authors born after Jan 1st 1974 to be honoured in the Africa39 Project, an anthology to be edited by Ella Alfrey and introduced by Wole Soyinka.

In a year in which Port Harcourt has been accorded the honour of being the first sub-Saharan city to be named UNESCO World Book Capital, a year of Nigeria’s Centenary, The Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts Ltd and the Rainbow Book Club have partnered to present the best of African writers under the age of 40.

Excerpts of the press release are below.

What is Africa39 Project?
The Africa39 Project has been set up as a key part of the programs and celebrations of Port Harcourt UNESCO World Book Capital 2014.  In April 2014, Africa39 will announce 39 of the most promising African writers of fiction under the age of 40.

The Africa39 Project is a partnership between the Hay Festival of Literature & the Arts Ltd., UK; and the Rainbow Book Club (Port Harcourt, Nigeria).

The Africa39 Project will contact and liaise with African literary prizes, writers groups, literary magazines, and literary festivals.

We have been made to understand that the organisers are apologetic that this announcement is coming at such short notice. This is a huge opportunity for a new generation of writers, and we urge you, our readers, to encourage as many as possible to submit an application for consideration. Details below.

Rules for Applicants.

  • Writers may apply on their own behalf
  • Agents and publishers can apply on behalf of writers in their stable.
  • Writers must be under 40 years of age  (born on or after January 1st, 1974).
  • Writers must have published at least one work of fiction.
  • We are keen to promote writers who show promise.
  • The judges’ decision is final and they will not enter into any correspondence with entrants regarding their decisions.
  • This prize is open only to African writers.
  • By African writer we mean that you are a resident of; or were born in one of the countries listed below.  By African writers, we also mean that any writer who has one or more parents from any of these countries:  Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria,  Réunion, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Saint Helena, São Tomé and Príncipe Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  • Writers from the Diaspora(s) of any one or more of the countries listed above are encouraged to apply.
  • The author must provide the following essential information on the cover page:
  • full name, date of birth, country of origin.
  • contact details: e-mail, telephone number (including country-code), twitter handle.
  • a 200 word biography.
  • a short bibliography of your published literary work.

The author must also attach:

  • a scanned copy of the biographical page from one of the following: your passport,your official national identification card,or your driver’s licence.
  • a square author photograph in .png format  minimum of 180×180 pixels.

                The deadline for ALL submissions is midnight (East African Time/GMT+3) Dec 10th, 2013.

                ALL applicant submissions should be made VIA EMAIL ONLY TO: africa39project@gmail.com

All questions should be directed ONLY to this email address: africa39project@gmail.com  or on Twitter @africa39list

Please ensure your submissions keep strictly to the guidelines and application criteria we have provided in this document.

Application Criteria

  • Applicants must submit one creative piece, that they feel is their strongest work of fiction. This may be a short story, or an excerpt of a longer work of fiction. We are open to creative non-fiction submissions, or an excerpt of a non-fiction novel.
  • The submitted piece must be no longer than 5000 words.
  • The submitted piece must be typed, double-spaced, and delivered ONLY in Times New Roman, 12pt.
  • The submitted creative piece must only be sent as TWO document attachments, each with a cover page containing the details specified in the rules.
  • One of the TWO document attachments must be a Microsoft Word (.doc) file, and another must be a Adobe Portable Document format (.pdf) file.
  • These two documents should have page numbers.
  • Please ensure your submissions keep strictly to the guidelines we have given.
  • With each creative submission, make sure to include, after the cover page, a 500 word synopsis if the submission is an excerpt of a larger work.
  • We strongly encourage submissions of work in African languages. If there is no professionally produced literary translation of creative submission in an African language, we will arrange to have one done.
  • Translations into English of creative submissions originally written in French/German/Spanish/Portuguese or other language are welcome.
  • Where necessary, we will arrange for professional literary translations of creative submissions into English.

ALL Submissions, as well as queries, should be e-mailed to: africa39project@gmail.com

Submissions will be read by a panel headed by Binyavanga Wainaina which will submit  a long-list of 120 authors to the final judges by 15th December 2013.

The distinguished judging panel will include the following eminent literary figures: Elechi Amadi, Tess Onwueme, and Margaret Busby.

The judges will select the final 39 winners from this long-list of 120, and announce them in April 2014 at the London Bookfair and in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Rainbow Book Club and Hay Festival will contact the 39 authors selected for the Africa39 Project to inform them that they have been selected, and to commission from each, a short story or extract that will be published in the anthology. The prestigious publishing house Bloomsbury is committed to publishing the anthology in English by October 2014 if the commissioned works by the authors are ready by end of March 2014.

Nobel Prize winner Professor Wole Soyinka will write the introduction to the anthology.

Renowned editor, Ellah Allfrey (OBE), will edit the anthology.

The judges’ decision is final and under no circumstances will they enter into any correspondence with entrants regarding their decisions.

The copyright of each submission remains with its owner.