Nigerian Independence Day Reading / Reviewing Project
Today I want to officially share the details of the Nigerian Reading Project scheduled for October 1st, 2011. Everyone is invited to read any work by a Nigerian author or author of Nigerian descent, or a book about Nigeria, and review it during the dates of September 29th and October 3rd. The format, length, or topic doesn’t matter, all that matters is that it deals with Nigeria. Your web site does not have to be a dedicated book blog. I will be posting about on October 1st, which is Nigeria’s Independence Day.
Celebrate Nigeria and Nigerian literature with me by joining in! There are so many great books that you’ll have trouble choosing just one to read. And no matter how small or ill-stocked your library, it should (I hope!) at least have a copy of something by Adichie or Achebe! If you need inspiration, check out the review database to see what others have thought of various titles. It doesn’t matter what you read – romance, young adult, mystery, literary fiction, nonfiction, faith based books, poetry, Nigeria has it all.
I also am so excited about the prizes that I have for participants!! Simply by linking your review to the review database between the dates of September 29th and October 3rd, 2011 you will be eligible! NOTE: review has to be posted during those dates as well to be eligible. Unless otherwise noted, all prizes are international.
Up for grabs for participants will be:
- In Dependence by Sarah Ladipo Manyika, provided by the author
- Oil on Water by Helon Habila, provided by the author
- The Granta Book of the African Short Story edited by Helon Habila, provided by Anansi (Canada only, very sorry!)
- A Heart to Mend by Myne Whitman, provided by the author (if winner is outside the US, will be an ebook)
- A Love Rekindled by Myne Whitman, provided by the author (if winner is outside the US, will be an ebook)
- Blackbird by Jude Dibia, provided by the publisher (ebook)
- Kehinde by Buchi Emecheta, provided by the publisher
- Kemi’s Journal by Abidemi Sanusi, used copy donated by me
- Yellow-Yellow by Kaine Agary, used copy donated by me
- On Black Sisters Street by Chika Unigwe, donated by me
- The Trouble with Nigeria by Chinua Achebe, donated by me
Note: if you are an author or publisher who would like to donate a book to this project please email me at amy[dot]mckie[at]gmail[dot]com.
I feel incredibly guilty that it’s a Friday and I don’t have a Nigerian literature review for you all, dear readers. This is the first Friday I’ve missed all year! If you need some good recommendations do check out the dedicated page I’ve made, or the Nigerian Literature Review Database. Speaking of the database – have you added the links to any and all Nigerian lit you’ve reviewed? Please do so! I’m happy to report that we’re at 79 reviews to date!
For details on why I don’t have a book read and reviewed do check back tomorrow (for details on the TIFF screenings I’ve caught) and Sunday (for an update on my work travels, which were only confirmed on Wednesday).