Award winning Nigerian author, Toni Kan will join Liberian author, Hawa Golakai on November 12, 2016 at the Lagos Book and Art Festival taking place at Freedom Park, Lagos. The event which kicks off at 2 PM is organised by Cassava Republic will see Kan read from his highly anticipated novel, ‘The Carnivorous City’ and Golakai from her debut novel, ‘The Lazarus Effect.’ The pair will be speaking on “Missing Bodies in Crime Fiction” with a focus on criminal activities in Lagos and Cape Town.
‘The Carnivorous City’ follows the story of Rabato Sabato aka Soni Dike, a Lagos big boy; a criminal turned grandee, with a beautiful wife, a sea-side mansion and a questionable fortune. Then one day he disappears and his car is found in a ditch, music blaring from the speakers. Soni’s older brother, Abel Dike, a teacher, arrives in Lagos to look for his missing brother. Abel 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 to his brother’s wife.
Voinjama Johnson, 28, is an ambitious investigative journalist at the Cape Town magazine Urban and the protagonist of ‘The Lazarus Effect.’ Her life is messy, and to top it all, Vee’s been seeing things: a teenage girl in a red hat, more specifically, an unsettling hallucination that goes hand-in-hand with debilitating episodes which Vee is loath to call “panic attacks”. When Vee spots a photograph of the girl from her visions at a local hospital, she quickly launches an investigation, under the pretext of an article about missing children in Cape Town. She’s soon delving into the secrets of the fractured Fourie and Paulsen families, with the help of her assistant Chlöe Bishop.
The Lagos Book & Art Festival is a comprehensive, four-day programme of events; readings, conversations around books, art and craft displays, kiddies’ art workshops and reading sessions, book exhibitions, live music and dance. It will run from November 11th to 14th at Freedom Park, 1 Hospital Road, (Old Broad Street Prison site) Lagos Island.