Guests at the book stand (Grill and Read, Abuja)

Oganisers of the Grill and Read initiative have announced the next event for Lagos on Sunday 18 December at the Ethnic Heritage Centre in Ikoyi. This news comes just after the Abuja gathering (December 3), sponsored by design firm Hedge and Pembrook.

“This fun event brings together lovers of literature and the arts for an evening of book conversations, spoken word, open mic, poetry, art and reading while feasting on grilled food and chilled drinks,” says convener, Abigail Anaba. “We have held this event in three cities [lagos, Port harcourt, Abuja] so far and each time the event brought together a crowd of young people including those who ordinarily would not attend book events.”

Themed ‘Throwback to the Classics”, guests are expected to dress up as their favourite book character from decades past, or  as themselves.

Abigail Anaba

“We are making this an event that everyone will look forward to. Reading should not be left to intellectuals. Everyone should be able to read for fun,” says Abigail Anaba, convener of #GrillandRead. Anaba maintains that putting people in proximity to books is the first step in getting them to read. “At every #GrillandRead event, two places where people always converge is the grill point and the publisher stands. You have to have books in order to read them.”

[See poster for special guests to the event here. And official event poster here.]

This edition will feature all the regulars that #GrillandRead is known for and a few extras. Among the highlights: a talk on ‘Overcoming Reader’s Block’ to be given by speech craftsman and speech Coach , Chris Nkwocha; ‘Picture This’ segment features an exhibition of works by Toni Kuyinu;.

“The Lagos edition is getting the added extra of travel writer and CNN/ Award-winning journalist, Pelu Awofeso in the ‘The World in Your Hands’ segment,” says the press release obtained by wakaabout online. “He will be talking about his journey to 18 states in Nigeria as documented in his book, Tour of Duty.”

Guest Author is Sally Dadzie, who made waves when N150,000 worth of her book was downloaded on the Okadabooks platform in a month.

Guests at Grill and Read, Abuja

Also expected at the event is Pulse Editor, Zaynab Quadri, who set out to read a book each from every African country in 2016. “We will be learning how far she has travelled on this journey,” the statement says.

Spoken-word and poetry remain a constant feature of Grill and Read, and this time convener of @WORDUP411, Olumide “King Olulu” Holloway is guesting. Also on the bill is Rez Thapoet.

Tickets for the event, which you can order here, covers entry, something grilled and something chilled. Guests can also buy books at a discount from publishers and bookstores at the book party.