books

Open City the story of a young Nigerian-German psychiatrist in New York City five years after 9/11, was published by Random House, named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Ondaatje Prize of the Royal Society of Literature, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Internationaler Literaturpreis, the Rosenthal Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the New York City Book Award for Fiction. It has been translated into fifteen languages.

Every Day is for the Thief is a fiction about a young man living in New York City who goes to Lagos for a short and bewildering visit. It was my first book, published by Cassava Republic Press in 2007 in Nigeria. A revised version was published in the US (Random House) and the UK (Faber & Faber) in 2014, and six other languages. It was a New York Times Editors’ Pick, named a book of the year in the New York Times, the Telegraph, the Globe and Mail, and NPR, among others, and shortlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award.

Known and Strange Things, a collection of essays on art, literature, photography, and politics, was published by Random House (US) and Faber & Faber (UK) in 2016. It has been translated into German and Dutch, and is forthcoming in other languages. It was named to numerous “best of the year” lists, and was a finalist for the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay as well as for the inaugural PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, “which recognizes a book length work of any genre for its originality, merit, and impact.”

Blind Spot, a book of photographs and texts, was published by Random House (US) and Faber & Faber (UK) in 2017. It was enthusiastically reviewed in the New York Times, the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the New York Review of Books, among others, and was named one of the best books of 2017 by Time Magazine. Blind Spot was shortlisted for the 2017 Aperture/Paris Photo Photobook Awards, and accompanied by exhibitions at the Steven Kasher Gallery and the University of Kentucky Gallery.