Kwani? Out & About
The 14th Nairobi International Book Fair

Kwani? Out & About

The 14th Nairobi International Book Fair

The 14th Nairobi International Book Fair whose theme is ‘Read for Empowerment’, will be held from 28th September to 2nd October 2011 at the Sarit Centre Expo Hall in Westland’s Nairobi. The Book Fair is organized by the Kenya Publishers Association. 

Please visit Kwani Trust at stands 49 and 50 throughout the weekend for discounted prices on books, meet and greet sessions with writers and some readings as well as book signings. 

Thursday 29th September , 10am – 12pm : Renee Mboya
Renee Akitelek Mboya is a Nairobi based writer who started off her writing career as a legal draftsman. She is also a classical clarinetist, and her short story , Brave New Worlds, is published in Kwani? 06.
Watch video footage on the Kwani? 06 entries here:


Thursday 29th September, 2pm -  4pm : Stephen Derwent Partington 
Stephen Partington is a teacher in Kenya, and a poet. He lives and works just outside Machakos and is a member of Concerned Kenyan Writers. His collection of poems, SMS & Face to Face, was published by Phoenix Publishers to critical acclaim in East Africa. In addition to having his poetry widely published in UK and African journals, he writes academic articles on regional literature for leading post-colonial journals and East African regional media. Stephen was the poetry editor for the first three issues of Kwani?. A poetry collection, How to Euthanise a Cactus, was published in 2010 by Cinnamon Press in the UK, and will be available for signings at the fair  
For more information on the book, click here


Friday September 30th, 12pm – 2pm: Eva Kasaya
Eva Kasaya currently lives with her son, Ben, in Western Kenya. She works as a clothing designer for Kuwesa, an organisation based at Kaimosi that reaches out to HIV widows by teaching them how to make clothing and crafts which they sell to earn a living. She is the author of Tale of Kasaya, a creative non-fiction title published by Kwani Trust in 2010.


For more information on the book, click here



Saturday 1st October, 2pm-4-m : Prof Wambui Mwangi

Wambui Mwangi attended Loreto Convent Valley Road and St. Mary's School,Nairobi before graduating from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. She has post-graduate degrees from McGill University, Montreal, and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She has taught at Vassar College, New York and the University of Toronto. She has a passion for post-colonial theory and Kenyan political history. Her scholarly work, fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and photography have been published in various journals worldwide. Wambui will be signing copies of Internally Misplaced, a Kwanini? Series published by Kwani Trust in 2009.


For more information on the book, click here.

The Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature
The 2011 Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature will be announced at a ceremony on 1st October 2011 at Serena Hotel as part of the Book Fair. The literary award is the highest paying for authors in the country with the overall winner in Adult English and Kiswahili receiving a cash prize of Ksh 150, 000 while winners in the Youth and Children's categories each receive a cash prize of Ksh  75,000. This year’s judges’ panel is headed by Prof Henry Indangasi, who teaches in the Literature Department at the University of Nairobi . The other members are Dr Tom Odhiambo also of the University of Nairobi and Prof Wangari Mwai , the Director of Kenyatta University Campus in Nyeri .
The prize attracted a total of 19 Kiswahili titles and 33 English ones. The Tale of Kasaya, a Kwani? Creative Non-fiction title, is on the shortlist, which consists of the entries below ;
English Adult

  • Terrorists of the Aberdares by Nganga Mbugua
  • Eye of the Story by Yusuf Dawood
  • The Lone Dancer by Joe Kiarie

Kiswahili Adult

  • Utoro by Alex Ngure
  • Kijiba cha Moyo by Timothy M. Arege
  • Fumbo La Maisha by John Habwe

English Youth

  • The Reunion by Leonard Kibera
  • Breaking the Silence by Muthoni Wa Gichuru
  • The Tale of Kasaya by Eva Kasaya

Kiswahili Youth

  • Mlemavu? Si Mimi by Ipalei Godfrey
  • Kipendacho Roho by Pauline K. Kyovi

English children

  • Sheila, let’s write to God by Elizabeth Orchardson-Mazuri
  • Let us keep the Tiger by Christopher Okemwa
  • Upside Down by Peter Kimani

Kiswahili children

  • Sungura na Mbwa by Florence Nyakeri
  • Msichana Aliyeokoa Watu by Enan Mwakoti
  • Wema Wa Mwana by Nuhu Zubeir Bakari

For more information on the annual prize, click here 

More information on the Book Fair is available here

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