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Chris Abani

Nigeria (b.1966)

Chris Abani is a Nigerian poet and novelist and the author of The Virgin of Flames, Becoming Abigail (a New York Times Editor's Choice), and GraceLand (a selection of the Today Show Book Club and winner of the 2005 PEN/Hemingway Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award). His other prizes include a PEN Freedom to Write Award, a Prince Claus Award, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. He lives and teaches in California.

Genres: Mystery
   Kalakuta Republic (poems) (2000)
   Daphne's Lot (poems) (2003)
   Dog Woman (poems) (2004)
   Hands Washing Water (poems) (2006)
   Feed Me the Sun (poems) (2010)
   Sanctificum (poems) (2010)
   There Are No Names for Red (poems) (2010)
   New-Generation African Poets (poems) (2016)
Series contributed to
Non fiction
   The Face (2015)
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards Best Novel nominee (2006) : Graceland
Edgar Awards Best Paperback original winner (2015) : The Secret History of Las Vegas

Chris Abani recommends
No Space for Further Burials (2010)
Feryal Ali Gauhar
"In No Space for Further Burials, Feryal Ali Gauhar has crafted a novel of unrelenting truth held in transcendent prose and an exquisite grace. There is no easy redemption here, but there is light and more light."
Into the Go-Slow (2014)
Bridgett M Davis
"Bridgett M. Davis has created a beautiful allegory at the heart of a realist novel—an allegory of love, family, expansion, hope, and transformation—all of it worked out compassionately and with integrity in the only country that offers both allegory and realism—Nigeria. A strong book."

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