Caine Prize teams up with Nigeria's Lantern Books

Caine Prize teams up with Nigeria's Lantern Books

Nigerian publisher Lantern Books will publish an edition of the Caine Prize 2014 anthology The Gonjon Pin and Other Stories.

Under the terms of the deal, Lantern Books will print 5,000 copies of the anthology for the Ake Book Festival, which is taking place on the 18th-2nd November in Abeokuta, Nigeria.

Lantern’s m.d., Tunde Lawal-Solarin, said he was excited to collaborate with the Caine Prize. “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.”

The Caine Prize  is awarded every year to a short story by an African writer published in English. The anthology contains five shortlisted stories, alongside stories written at writing workshops, and is published by New Internationalist in the UK and eight different African publishers: 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 the 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.

The anthology is also available as an e-book via Kindle, iBooks, Kobo and Zimbabwean platform Mazwi, and some stories are available to African readers via the Binu mobile phone app.

The winner of this year’s Caine Prize was Kenya’s Okwiri Oduor for her story "My Father’s Head", about a girl dealing with the loss of her father.