Abuja Writers’ Forum spotlights four novelists

The Nuts and Bolts series – by the Abuja Writers Forum, will focus on novel crafting for the October 24 edition.

Organizers say the event to be held via Zoom from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nigeria time will spotlight four notable writers: Maaza Mengiste (Ethiopia), Madeleine Thien (Canada), Todd Moss (America) and Helon Habila (Nigeria) ).

The press release is reproduced below:

Maaza Mengiste is the author of The Shadow King, shortlisted for the Booker Prize 2020 and recipient of the American Academy of Arts & Letters Award in Literature, as well as a finalist for the LA Times Books Prize. It was named best book of 2019 by the New York Times, NPR, Time, Elle, and other publications. Beneath the Lion’s Gaze, his debut album, was selected by the Guardian as one of the 10 best contemporary African books.

Madeleine Thien is the author of four books, including the most recent Do Not Say We Have Nothing, winner of the Giller Prize and a Governor General’s Literary Award. Her work has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, the Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Folio Prize, and translated into 25 languages. She teaches literature and writing at Brooklyn College and is currently Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library.


Todd Moss, former Assistant Under Secretary of State and author of the Judd Ryker series, draws on his real-world experiences in the US government to bring the euphoria and frustrations of policymaking to life modern foreigner, as evidenced by his Ryker diplomatic report. thriller series for Penguin’s Putnam Books. His most recent novel is The Shadow List.

Moss is currently executive director of the Energy for Growth Hub in Washington DC, a member of the Center for Global Development, and a non-resident researcher at the Baker Institute at Rice University and the Colorado School of Mines. In addition to fiction, he has written several non-fiction books on international development. Moss holds a PhD from the University of London and a BA from Tufts University. He lives in Maryland with his family.

Helon Habila

Helon Habila studied literature at the University of Jos and taught for three years at the Federal Polytechnic of Bauchi, before moving to Lagos to write for Hints Magazine and later joining the arts office of the Vanguard newspaper. .

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Excerpts from her short story collection, Prison Stories, were published in Nigeria in 2000. The full text was published in novel form in the UK under the title Waiting for an Angel in 2002 and received a Commonwealth Writers Prize ( Africa Region, Best First Book) in 2003. Also in 2002, he moved to England to become a Writing Fellow at the University of East Anglia.

In 2005 Habila was invited by Chinua Achebe to become the first Chinua Achebe Fellow at Bard College, New York. He spent a year writing and teaching at Bard, and after his scholarship Habila remained in America as a professor of creative writing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

His other novels are Measuring Time (2007), Oil On Water (2010) and Travelers (2019). In 2015, Helon Habila won the Windham-Campbell Literature Prize for his literary achievements.

Zoom details for the event are –

Meeting number: 882 9489 2629

Access code: 191094

Meeting link:

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