BOOKNEWS: Ehikhamenor shines at biennale
A spectacular literary art installation created by Nigerian writer Victor Ehikhamenor debuted at the 12th Dakar Biennale this week. The work, titled The Prayer Room, comes in the form of a black room covered wall to wall in what African literature website Brittle Paper describes as “a strange artistic script”.
Ehikhamenor told Brittle Paper this week that “The Prayer Room is a space where people can come and feel art almost physically, be calm and spend some time to reflect”.
He said his inspiration came from “what we call ‘okoughele’ in Esan, where elders meet and decide on community matters, and coronate the village chief. It is also a place where elders pray for individuals and the community every now and then.”
It’s like an architectural book, a work of tangible text, and makes us excited to see authors operating as artists.
South African makes Caine Prize short list
South African author Lidudumalingani is in the running for the annual Caine Prize for African Writing for his short story Memories We Lost.
Zimbabwean writer Bongani Kona, the brainchild behind the Chimurenga Pan-African gazette, was picked for his story At Your Requiem.
Tope Folarin has been short-listed for a second time for the £10 000 (R219 160) award for his short story Genesis.
Britain’s Lesley Nneka Arimah has been nominated for What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, and Somalian/Kenyan author Abdul Adan has been nominated for The Lifebloom Gift.
The judging panel will announce its winner on July 4.
Exclusive Books announces literature award
The CEO of Exclusive Books, Benjamin Trisk, has announced that the company has established its first annual award for literature. Although Trisk held back details, which will be released later this year, he did reveal that “the value of the prize will be substantial and will be in the front rank of South African literary prizes”.
– Garreth van Niekerk
THE PRAYER ROOM