|Posted by Samuel Osaze on August 9, 2013 at 5:10 AM|
The shortlist for the $100,000 Nigeria Prize for Literature (NLP) will be announced nextweek, according to the promoters, the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG. The Prize this year is devoted to Poetry.
As its traditional, the CORA BOOK PARTY organised annualy as complementary programme to the announcement, has been tentatively scheduled for August 18 at the EkoHotel, Victoria Island Lagos in anticipation of the announcement.
This is the 5th edition of the Book Party, and the CORA, is setting up an elaborate feast to honour the shortlisted works and authors, expected to emerge from the near 200 entries, which the organisers said they received for the 2013 prize.
The essence of the Party is to enable thepublic encounter the poets and engage the works that have been adjudged fittingto earn the $100,000 (N16million) prize money.
As experienced in the past four editions of the Party, the shortlisted authors(Poets in this instance) will be brought face-to-face with the core of Lagos literary community as well as members of the public.
The shortlisted works would be reviewed, discussed and critiqued even as the individual poets read from their work. It is a package of literary feasting, featuring performances, wining and dining, where the shortlisted authors and their works are celebrated for emerging as some of the very best in the country.
The Book Party is usually staged to herald the announcement of the Final THREE laureates, out of which the winner of the Prize money would emerge.
ABOUT THE CORA
The Committee for Relevant Art is a group of artistes, art enthusiasts, art promoters and art writers committed to the development of the Arts of Nigeria and their enabling environment.
Its projects include the quarterly ART STAMPEDE, the annual LAGOS BOOK & ARTFESTIVAL (LABAF), the quarterly LAGOS THE CITY ARTS GUIDE, and the annual LagosOpen Air CINEMA CARNIVAL. It also collaborates with other artistes, activists and enthusiasts to organise the annual LAGOS COMICS CARNIVAL and the GREATHIGHLIFE (Revival) PARTY (ELDERS' FORUM).
It continues to seek out, tend, groom and harvest the best of the old and emerging arts of Nigeria.
MISSION:To Create An Enabling Environment for the Flourishing of the Contemporary Arts of Nigeria and the Continent.
VISION:To Make Art & Culture the Prime Destination for Investment in Nigeria and Africa by 2018.
DEFINITION: We Are 'Cultural Landscapists. The CORA is the Winner of the Prince ClausAward, 2006.