Helon Habila's first novel, Waiting for an Angel, has been translated into many langauges including Dutch, Italian, Swedish, and French. His writing has won many prizes including the Caine Prize, 2001; the Commonweath Writers Prize, Africa region, 2003; and the Emily Balch Prize, 2008.
He is a contributing editor to the Virginia Quarterly Review. His second novel, Measuring Time, published in 2007, won the Virginia Library Foundation Fiction Award, 2008, and was shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, 2008. His third novel, Oil on Water, was published in the U.S. in 2011. His stories, articles, reviews, and poems have appeared in various magazines and papers including Granta, AGNI, and the London Guardian. His short story, The Hotel Malogo, was selected for the Best American Non-required Reading Anthology. Habila is the editor of the Granta Book of African Short Story, 2011.