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Caine Prize expands its publishing network in Africa

Friday 14 November 2014

The Caine Prize has signed a deal with the Nigerian publishing company, Lantern Books, to publish the 2014 edition of the Caine Prize anthology, The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories. Lantern Books have committed to printing 5,000 copies of the anthology which will be available at Ake Book Festival on 18-22 November in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Commenting on the new partnership, Caine Prize Director Lizzy Attree says, “We’re delighted to be working with Lantern Books in Nigeria this year to publish The Gonjon Pin, ensuring that all 17 short stories are widely available to Nigerian readers, from a local publisher, and at an affordable price."

Traditionally a children’s publisher, Lantern Books is one of Nigeria’s largest indigenous publishers. “Lantern Books is excited that we have been given the opportunity to enter into collaboration with New Internationalist to bring you the Caine Prize collection,” comments Lantern’s Managing Director, Tunde Lawal-Solarin. “African stories are a priceless window into our collective mind and our culture. Let us not only share our hopes and fears. Let us promote and ensure that we use this medium to build our hopes, dreams, desires and our future.”

Lantern Books joins ten other publishers already selling Caine Prize anthologies in Europe and Africa. The Caine Prize anthology of short stories, which includes the five stories shortlisted each year, alongside stories written at the workshops, is published annually by New Internationalist in the UK and publishers in eight different African countries; ‘amaBooks (Zimbabwe), Bookworld Publishers (Zambia), Cassava Republic (Nigeria), FEMRITE (Uganda), Jacana Media (South Africa), Kwani? (Kenya), Langaa Research and Publishing CIG (Cameroon) and Sub-Saharan Publishers (Ghana).

New Internationalist provides a print ready PDF to each of these publishers, free of charge. Publishers have the freedom to redesign the cover, and print and sell the book as they wish to suit their relevant markets. Dan Raymond-Barker, Publications Sales & Marketing Manager at New Internationalist states, “This is a unique partnership. As publishers we are all sharing our resources and skills with the aim of making the Caine Prize stories as widely available as possible, in print or e-book format.” E-book versions of the anthology are supported by Kindle, iBooks, Kobo, Mazwi (Zimbabwe) and other platforms.

The Paris based publishing house, Éditions Zulma have recently published Snapshots – Nouvelles voix du Caine Prize – which includes six stories from Caine Prize authors, translated by Sika Fakambi. “This is the first step in our drive to encourage translators to publish Caine Prize stories, to make them available to readers around the world, in different languages,” comments Lizzy Attree.

The Caine Prize is also continuing to develop its partnership with the literacy NGO Worldreader, to make the first nine award-winning stories - since 2000 - available free to African readers, via their BiNu mobile phone app, which is free to download on their website www.worldreader.org

Notes to Editors

The Caine Prize is awarded for a short story by an African writer published in English (indicative length 3,000 to 10,000 words). An African writer is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, or who is a national of an African country, or who has a parent who is African by birth or nationality.

The African winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Wole Soyinka and J M Coetzee, are Patrons of The Caine Prize. Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne is President of the Council, Ben Okri OBE is Vice President, Jonathan Taylor CBE is the Chairman, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey OBE is the Deputy Chairperson and Dr Lizzy Attree is the Director.

Books are available direct from the publishers or from the Africa Book Centre, African Books Collective or Amazon.

The New Internationalist edition of the Gonjon Pin was published in July 2014. (ISBN 978-1-78026-174-4 print; 978-1-78026-175-1 ebook).

Co-publishers’ and publishing partners’ details

‘amaBooks (Zimbabwe)

Bookworld Publishers (Zambia)

Cassava Republic (Nigeria) – currently publish and distribute Caine Prize anthologies from 2009 – 2013.

FEMRITE (Uganda)

Jacana Media (South Africa)

Kwani? (Kenya)

Langaa Research and Publishing CIG (Cameroon)

Lantern Books (Nigeria)

Sub-Saharan Publishers (Ghana)

Éditions Zulma (France)

Previous winners are Sudan’s Leila Aboulela (2000), Nigerian Helon Habila (2001), Kenyan Binyavanga Wainaina (2002), Kenyan Yvonne Owuor (2003), Zimbabwean Brian Chikwava (2004), Nigerian Segun Afolabi (2005), South African Mary Watson (2006), Ugandan Monica Arac de Nyeko (2007), South African Henrietta Rose-Innes (2008), Nigerian EC Osondu (2009), Sierra Leonean Olufemi Terry (2010), Zimbabwean NoViolet Bulawayo (2011), Nigerian Rotimi Babatunde (2012), Nigerian Tope Folarin (2013) and Kenyan Okwiri Oduor (2014).

The Caine Prize is principally supported by The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, The Miles Morland Foundation, the Booker Prize Foundation, Sigrid Rausing & Eric Abraham, Weatherly International plc, China Africa Resources, The Beit Trust, Exotix and CSL Stockbrokers. Other funders and partners include The British Council, the Bodleian Library, Georgetown University (USA), The Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice, the Royal Over-Seas League, Cambria, The Lennox and Wyfold Foundation, the EU Culture Fund (Zimbabwe) and Kenya Airways. 

The Caine Prize is named after the late Sir Michael Caine, former Chairman of Booker plc and Chairman of the Booker Prize management committee for nearly 25 years.

For further information please contact:

Jenny Casswell
Raitt Orr & Associates
Tel: +44(0)207 250 8296/ Mob: +44(0)7796 131447
jenny@raittorr.co.uk 

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