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Helon Habila, author of Measuring Time will join us for an engaging discussion on literature and politics. The acclaimed Nigerian poet and fiction writer is the author of two novels, 2002’s Waiting for an Angel about and the recently published Measuring Time, an engaging story about the divergent paths of twin brothers in Northeastern Nigeria during the late 1970s that not only takes the reader all over West Africa but also back in time to investigate the real nature of our history.
Helon Habila won the MUSON poetry prize in Nigeria for the poem “Another Age”, the prestigious Caine Prize for African Writing in 2001 for his story “Love Poems”, the 2003 Commonwealth Writers Prize of the Africa region for the novel Waiting for an Angel, a story about a journalist surviving the Sani Abacha regime in the mid 1990s.
He is currently a member of the English Faculty teaching Creative Writing at George Mason University.