Saturday, August 18, 2012

Why I want to venture into publishing - Helon Habila

Good News!
Helon Habila, writer and professor of Creative Writing in the USA wants to venture into publishing in Nigeria.

Commonwealth and Caine Prize winning writer, Helon Habila has been in Nigeria for his vacation from his US base and took time out to talk to Sunday Trust on why he is venturing into publishing and the process of publishing his third novel, Oil on Water in Nigeria.


African Lives: An Anthology of Memoirs and Autobiographies

This is a great project that deserves our attention:

"As far as I know, no one has ever before published an anthology that brings
together a collection of African authors — men and women of all ethnic groups,
born and raised on the continent — telling the stories of their own lives in
their own words.
It’s not because there’s any lack of material. Some African memoirs are famous, like Ak√©: The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinka, The Dark Child by Camara Laye, and No Easy Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela. Many more are just as dramatic and well-written, yet hardly known."

If you have not read any of these books, you're missing quite a lot.
Anyway, see what Geoff Wisner is doing for African literature and African lives.