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Chris Abani
Chris Abani
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Chris Abani’s prose includes the novels “The Secret History of Las Vegas” (Penguin 2014),” Song For Night” (Akashic, 2007), “The Virgin of Flames”...

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Chris Abani: Abigail and My Becoming

The acclaimed Nigerian novelist recounts the origins of his harrowing new novella about child prostitution. “The third-fastest-growing industry, after arms and drugs, is the trafficking of young women for sex. You won’t find it listed on the GDP or GNP of any nation. Everyone pretends that it doesn’t happen.” Also, read in an interview how Abani’s imprisonment and torture informed his writing.

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Chris Abani
Chris Abani
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Chris Abani’s prose includes the novels “The Secret History of Las Vegas” (Penguin 2014),” Song For Night” (Akashic, 2007), “The Virgin of Flames” (Penguin, 2007) “GraceLand” (FSG, 2004/Picador 2005), “Masters of the Board” (Delta, 1985) and a novella, “Becoming Abigail” (Akashic, 2006). His poetry collections are “Sanctificum” (Copper Canyon Press, 2010), “There Are No Names for Red” (Red Hen Press, 2010), “Feed Me The Sun - Collected Long Poems,”(Peepal Tree Press, 2010) “Hands Washing Water” (Copper Canyon, 2006), “Dog Woman” (Red Hen, 2004), “Daphne’s Lot” (Red Hen, 2003), and “Kalakuta Republic” (Saqi, 2001). Abani is also on the Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University. He is the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, the Prince Claus Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a California Book Award, a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award & the PEN Hemingway Book Prize.

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