Open City (a novel), 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 twelve languages.
Every Day is for the Thief (a novella) is 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 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.
My next book is Known and Strange Things, a collection of essays on art, literature, photography, and politics, which will be published by Random House and Faber & Faber in fall 2016.
I’m also at work on Radio Lagos, a non-fictional narrative of contemporary Lagos.