Odafe Atogun’s new novel, TADUNO’S SONG, is an allegory about an exiled Nigerian musician, Taduno, who goes back home to Lagos, Nigeria only to discover that the government has successfully wiped all memory of him, even his friends and neighbors no longer remember him. Prior to his exile, Taduno wrote and performed songs that criticized the corruption and oppression of the government, much like the real life Nigerian musical superstar and human rights activist, the late Fela Kuti, who the novel is based on. Ultimately Taduno is given an impossible choice: write and perform songs at a concert sponsored by the government that praises the regime or his girlfriend will be killed.
Odafe Atogun was born in Nigeria, in the town of Lokoja, where the Rivers Niger and Benue meet, but hails from Edo State. Now a full-time writer, he is married and lives in Abuja.
I interviewed Austinite Jennifer Hritz, author of two novels, THE CROSSING, and I, TOO, HAVE SUFFERED IN THE GARDEN, live on the August 7 edition of KAZI Book Review. She recently completed writing her third novel, SLOW BURN. She is a wonderful novelist. Take a listen to the interview:
After the Nuremberg trials and the start of the Cold War, most of the victors in World War II lost interest in prosecuting Nazi war criminals. Many of the lower-ranking perpetrators quickly blended in with the millions who were seeking to rebuild their lives in a new Europe, while those who felt most at risk fled the continent. In Andrew Nagorski’s new book, THE NAZI HUNTERS, focuses on the small band of men and women who refused to allow their crimes to be forgotten—and who were determined to track them down to the furthest corners of the earth.
Tune in at 8 a.m. CST Monday to KAZI 88.7 FM for my interview with Andrew Nagorski.
Andrew Nagorski is an award-winning journalist and author who spent more than three decades as a foreign correspondent and editor for Newsweek. He is also the author of Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power.
If a first draft of a novel by Ernest Hemingway ended up in your hands and clues to the location of a suitcase of unpublished writings by Hemingway, what would you do? Further sweetening the plot of THE HEMINGWAY THIEF by Shaun Harris, is that the protagonist, Henry Cooper, is a successful romance novelist who writes under an assumed name, Toulouse Velour, and his horde of female fans think Toulouse is a woman.
I’ll be taping an interview with Shsun Harris and I’ll be sure to ask him if he has been writing romance novels under an assumed name.