Saturday, December 06, 2008


Salamander Café, Abuja

Tuesday 9th December, 5pm for 5.30pm start

Nights of the Creaking Bed is a collection of tales that speak to the heart of our existence as human beings navigating the profoundly difficult terrain that we call life in Nigeria. This collection, which has been described by writer and literary critic, Molara Wood, as “a cohesive and stylish collection, with atmospheric scenes and noir elements,” explores themes as quotidian and disturbing as corruption, religious intolerance, gratuitous violence, ritual killing, gnawing poverty, unrequited love and even incest.

The characters that inhabit Nights of The Creaking Bed are colourful, real and conflicted, while the stories read like they have been torn off the pages of our lives as well as those of our friends, family and neighbours. Of Kan’s female characters, Molara Wood notes: ‘His women characters dare to be different. Without apologies, they rebel against the constricting box of conformity. They are familiar women, unclothed.’

This is a hauntingly beautiful collection and the images are so evocative that they will stick in the mind long after you have closed the book.

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About the Author

Toni Kan is an award winning poet, essayist and prose stylist. Toni has previously published two critically acclaimed books: When a Dream Lingers Too Long, a collection of poems which received Honourable Mention at the ANA-Cadbury Poetry Prize in 2003 and a novella, Ballad of Rage, which was shortlisted for the maiden NLNG award in 2004 and also received honourable mention at the ANA/Spectrum Prose Prize of the same year. His works have appeared in Salthill, Drum Voices, Revue, Farafina, Sentinel Poetry Quarterly and ANA Review.

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