Book ‘N’ Gauge XVIII: Real Words

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Book readings, auctions, live music, conversations, and free gifts are some of the things Book ‘N’ Gauge is known for, and this month’s edition promises all that and more. The monthly book reading event will hold this Saturday at Debonairs Bookstore. This edition doubles as the award giving ceremony for the PEN Nigeria/Saraba Poetry Prize.

Maik Nwosu, author of Invisible Chapters, and Victor Ehikhamenor, author of Excuse Me!, will read from their books. The event will also feature music performances by D’Tone Martins and Lumynos, and spoken word performances by Atilola Moronfolu, Tofarati-GT, Olulu, Uche Nwadinachi, and Daropale Victor.

Date: December 15, 2012

Time: 2pm – 5pm

Venue: Debonairs Bookstore, 204, Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba.

Book ‘n’ Gauge is organised by PulpFaction Book Club, and is aimed at creating a platform where reading is seen as cool.

Book ‘N’ Gauge XIII: Fine Boys Come to Town

Eghosa Imasuen

Book ‘n’ Gauge is at it again! This month, we will be featuring Eghosa Imasuen, author of Fine Boys (published by Farafina Books).

Imasuen was born on 19 May, 1976. He is a medical doctor and lives in Warri, Delta State. His short fiction has been published in online magazines like blackbiro.com and thenewgong.com. His first novel, To Saint Patrick, was published by Farafina, and his latest work, Fine Boys, has been warmly received in literary circles. Eghosa will be reading from and discussing his latest work.

Performers

Clay
Clay (Bianca Okorocha) is a pop/rock singer and songwriter based in Lagos, Nigeria. In addition to writing all of her own music, Clay has written for other artists. In 2011, Clay released her first official single, “Ogadisinma,” and it put her name on the lips of several fans.

Christine
Christine’s signature pop-blues style was first noticed when she won an MTN-sponsored talent contest in University of Jos, Plateau State, in 2005. But it wasn’t until 2007, when she beat over three thousand other contestants across Nigeria to win the Nokia First Chance music reality TV show, that her incredible talent was first showcased on a national scale. Her sound is a profound combination of alternative soul and R&B, with a mild pop twist, and it resonates the truth of personal experience.

Auction Session: There will be an auction session where you can get the latest books and CDs. There is also a surprise ‘X’ auction item; but you’ll have to come to find out what it is.

DATE: June 30, 2012
TIME: Strictly 2pm – 5pm
VENUE: Debonair Bookstore, 294, Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba.

Remember, bring five friends along and win a free book! Gifts are available for early birds too. See you there!

Book N Gauge 11: No Holds Barred

Book N Gauge 11: No Holds Barred promises to be a beautiful blend of literature and music, and of fact and fiction. Get set to encounter writers that have more to themselves than just being writers, and performers that are fully committed to their art.

The writers

Kenneth C. Madiebo is the author of The Kwerekwere Testament: The Complete Chronicles, a fictional work. As the product of a thirteen-and-half year study on the socio-economic and health impacts of forced migration on black Africans, The Kwerekwere Testament: The Complete Chronicles has its roots in fact.

Ukamaka Olisakwe is a writer, mother and banker. Her forthcoming debut novel, Eyes of a Goddess, will draw tears out of her readers. Eyes of a Goddess is a story of hardship, abuse, and the resilient spirit of those desperate to breathe in the air of freedom.

Babatunde Sule has lived most of his life in Lagos and has always mused about the complexities that both attract and repel millions from the city. His first work of fiction, Half This, Half That, is an expression of his inner musings about the millions of untold stories the city of Lagos harbors.

The performers

Aramide has written over 100 songs. In 2008, she was part of a show called ‘Divas Unplugged’ in the city of Jos; the show had all the leading female artistes in the Nigerian music industry. Aramide is also a guitarist and saxophonist, and has worked with artistes like M.I. and Jesse Jagz.

Olumide Holloway, better known as “Olulu, the King not from Zulu”, is a writer, poet and spoken word artiste. He is a regular performer at Lagos open mic events such as Freedom Hall, Chill and Relax and Taruwa. He’s also a member of a Christian Performance Poetry group named “CODE.”

As always, expect:

• One-on-one interaction between authors, performers and readers
• A platform for book enthusiasts to meet, interact and network
• Freebies! Invite five friends, ensure that they come for the event and win a free book.
• Live Musical performances
• Book signings

DATE: 28th April, 2012
TIME: 2pm – 5pm
VENUE: Debonair Bookstore, 294, Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba.

Book n Gauge X: Call it what you want. Xpect anything!

For all you book lovers, Book n Gauge X comes up this Saturday! Book N Gauge X will feature conversations with two writers: Chuma Nwokolo and poet, Ralph Tathagata; and Performance by Efe Paul Azino. There will be music, poetry, readings and more music.

Writers
Chuma Nwokolo: Lawyer, writer and the publisher of African Writing magazine. He is author of the poetry collection, Memories of Stone, the serial Tales by Conversation, and many novels, including Diaries of a Dead African, the Pulpfaction Club Book of the Month for October. He was writer-in-residence at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. For this edition, he will read from his latest collection of short stories, The Ghost of Sanni Abacha.

Ralph Tathagata was born in Obiohia-Bende, Abia State. Presently, he lives in Lagos. He is largely self-educated: a poet, a writer, a journalist and former general secretary of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Lagos State.

Performer
Plumbline studied as a geo-scientist, but rather than digging oil pipes; he “mines” words. Influenced by poets like the late Mamman Vatsa and the late Ken Saro Wiwa, the songwriter and spoken word artist has been writing poetry from his secondary school days. He performs spoken word poetry at events like Wordslam, Anthill, Taruwa, and hosts Chill and Relax.

Auction Session
There will be an auction session where you can get the latest books and CDs. There is also a surprise ‘X’ auction item; come find out what it is. What are you waiting for? Let the bargaining begin.

Other attractions:                               

  • One-on-one interaction with authors and performers
  • A platform for book enthusiasts to meet, interact and network (members of PulpFactionClub on Facebook and followers on Twitter would have an opportunity to meet).
  • Freebies, lots of them. Let’s start with this: invite five friends, ensure they come for the event and win a free book.
  • Live musical performance by Jeffrey Plumbline
  • Book signing

DATE:  March 31, 2012
TIME: STRICTLY 2pm – 5pm
VENUE: Debonair Bookstore, 294, Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba

Remember, bring five friends and win a free book! Gifts are available for early birds too.

Book ‘n’ Gauge is organized by PulpFaction Book Club, and aims at creating a platform where reading is seen as hip and cool.

Book n Gauge 9: Nine and Still Counting

The ninth edition of Book n Gauge is here! This edition will feature one writer, El-Nukoya, author of Nine Lives, and two performers, Nayo Soul and Razaq Ivori.

Book n Gauge 9 will hold at Debonair Bookstore, 294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos, on Saturday, 25th February 2012, from 2pm to 5pm.

It will be a fun time of book readings, auctions and signings, and live performances (music and spoken word). There will also be lots of freebies! You do not want to miss this.

Book n Gauge is hosted by Pulp Faction Book Club, in collaboration with Debonair Bookstore, Yaba, Lagos, and Wordsmithy Media