Leading African publishing house, Cassava Republic Press, has four authors appearing at Lagos Book & Art Festival (LABAF 2016), Lagos and Ake Arts and Book Festival, Abeokuta. LABAF 2016 comes to an end today at Freedom Park, Lagos while Ake opens on Tuesday, November 15 through 19.
In The Carnivorous City by Toni Kan, Abel Dike arrives in Lagos to look for his missing brothers and is rapidly sucked into the unforgiving Lagos maelstrom where he has to navigate encounters with a motley cast of common criminals, deal with policemen all intent on getting a piece of the pie, and contend with his growing attraction for his brother’s wife.
Kan worked as a journalist and won the NDDC/Ken Saro Wiwa literature prize (2009). He lives in Lagos.
Easy Motion Tourist by Leye Adenle is a compelling crime novel set in contemporary Lagos, with its astonishing cast, Tarantino has landed in Lagos. This page-turning debut crime novel pulses with the rhythm of Nigeria’s mega-city, reeks of its open drains and sparkles like the champagne quaffed in its upmarket districts. It is a modern thriller featuring a strong female protagonist, prepared to take on the Nigerian criminal world on her own.
Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun by Sarah Ladipo Manyika is set in San Francisco, U.S. The story follows Morayo, a 74-four year old Nigerian woman. When her independence crumbles, she relies on friends and chance encounters for support, leading the reader into a nuanced study of the erotic yearnings of an older woman.
Manyika was raised in Nigeria and has lived in Kenya, France, and England and her first novel is In Dependence. Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun has been shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize 2016.
In The Lazarus Effect by H.J Golokai, a ambitious journalist at the Cape Town magazine Urban, launches an investigation under the pretext of an article about missing children to uncover the mystery behind a perplexing vision of a teenage girl. Golakai is from Liberia and lives in Monrovia. She was listed by the Hay Festival in the Africa39 list of the most promising sub-Saharan African writers under the age of 40.