Category: Kenya

  • Rebeka Njau’s “Ripples in the Pool” launches in Nairobi

    Rebeka Njau’s “Ripples in the Pool” launches in Nairobi

    Rebeka Njau’s 1975 novel Ripples in the Pool, reissued this year by Bloomsbury Publishing, launched at the Alliance Française, Nairobi on Friday, June 14, 2024. Rebeka Njau is Kenya’s first female playwright and a pioneer in the representation of African women in literature. She is famously one of the only two women, alongside Grace Ogot,…

  • Soma Nami’s second branch opens in Nairobi.

    Soma Nami’s second branch opens in Nairobi.

    Kenyan bookstore Soma Nami opened its second branch in Ngara, Nairobi on the weekend of June 7 – 9, 2024. Despite trying times in Kenya’s economy, the book-selling business continued in leaps and bounds in 2024. Half Price Books which already has branches in the Village Market Mall, one in the Central Business District, and…

  • Colombia’s La Comadre tours Nairobi

    Colombia’s La Comadre tours Nairobi

    La Comadre, a women’s organisation of Afro-Colombian victims of the decades-long Colombian conflict, was hosted to events in Nairobi, Kenya from June 4 – 5, 2024. Colombia has had internal conflicts between the government, far-right paramilitary groups and crime syndicates, and far-left guerrilla groups, fighting each other for decades. In 2012, negotiations began between the…

  • NBO LitFest 2024 program announced

    NBO LitFest 2024 program announced

    The programme for NBO LitFest 2024, brought to you by Book Bunk and the Hay Festival Global, running in Nairobi, Kenya from June 27 – 30 has been announced. In 2021 Nairobi-based Book Bunk hosted NBO LitFest, a virtual festival anchored in Nairobi’s public libraries with stories and ideas emerging from Nairobi and other regional…

  • Book Digest: Sarah Haluwa, Erhu Kome, A.H. Cunningham, ‘Pemi Aguda

    Book Digest: Sarah Haluwa, Erhu Kome, A.H. Cunningham, ‘Pemi Aguda

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Sarah Haluwa, Erhu Kome, A.H. Cunningham, and ‘Pemi Aguda. Sinners by Sarah Haluwa Publisher:  IndependentDate:  2024Genre:  FictionLanguage:  EnglishWhere to find it:  Nuria Sarah Haluwa Nairobi, Kenya-based Sarah Haluwa is a former newspaper columnist and award-winning children’s book writer.…

  • Isele Prizes 2024 winners announced.

    Isele Prizes 2024 winners announced.

    Gloria Mwaniga, Alex Leslie, and Erinola Daranijo won in their categories at the Isele Prizes 2024; the announcement was made on Tuesday, May 21, 2024. The Isele Prizes were founded to celebrate the best of short stories, poetry, and essays by writers published in the Ukamaka Olisakwe founded Isele Magazine in 2022. They are split…

  • Isaac Kilibwa wins Kikwetu Flash Fiction Contest 2023

    Isaac Kilibwa wins Kikwetu Flash Fiction Contest 2023

    Isaac Kilibwa is the winner of the Kikwetu Flash Fiction Contest 2023; the announcement was made on Tuesday, May 7, 2024. Kikwetu is an online literary journal that publishes both new and established writers from East Africa and beyond in English and Swahili founded in 2015. In 2023, the journal unveiled a new contest for…

  • Iskanchi Book Prize 2024 Shortlist announced

    Iskanchi Book Prize 2024 Shortlist announced

    The shortlist for the inaugural Iskanchi Book Prize, a manuscript prize open to African writers, was announced on Monday, May 6, 2024. Iskanchi Press and Magazine, founded by publisher, journalist, and writer Kenechi Uzor in 2020, has produced several magazine editions of their magazine as well as numerous titles. The platform announced a new initiative…

  • Wangari The Storyteller’s Nairobi book signing

    Wangari The Storyteller’s Nairobi book signing

    Wangari The Storyteller will have a meet and greet at the Alliance Française Nairobi on Saturday, April 13, 2024. Wangari The Storyteller is a storyteller who infuses her stories with song, dance, chants, and other performance delicacies to create an intimate interaction with her audiences. She has performed at numerous venues starting with her hometown…

  • Gloria Mwaniga Odary wins Georgia Review Prose Prize 2024.

    Gloria Mwaniga Odary wins Georgia Review Prose Prize 2024.

    Gloria Mwaniga Odary’s short story Henna is Just Roots was declared the winner of the Georgia Review Prose Prize 2024 on Tuesday, April 2, 2024. The Georgia Review is a literary journal based in Athens, Georgia, in the United States that features poetry, fiction, essays, book reviews, and visual art founded at the University of…

  • Kenya Publishers Association’s Mombasa regional fair kicks off on May 29

    Kenya Publishers Association’s Mombasa regional fair kicks off on May 29

    Kenya Publishers Association’s regional fair will be hosted in Mombasa from May 29 – June 1, 2024. This will be followed by the 25th edition of the Nairobi International Book Fair. The Kenya Publishers Association has hosted publishing professionals, authors, booksellers, print suppliers, media, and readers from Africa and around the world at its annual…

  • Afritondo Short Story Prize 2024 shortlist announced.

    Afritondo Short Story Prize 2024 shortlist announced.

    The shortlist for the Afritondo Short Story Prize 2024 was announced on Friday, March 29, 2024. Afritondo, a platform that aims to connect with and tell the stories of African and black minority populations across the globe, is the organisation behind the Afritondo Short Story Prize. Previous winners have been Alex Kadiri, Howard Meh-Buh Maximus,…

  • Soma Nami Books website under cyber attack

    Soma Nami Books website under cyber attack

    The website of leading Nairobi-based bookstore Soma Nami Books was a victim of a cyber attacker alleging antisemitism on Tuesday, March 26, 2024. Soma Nami Books is a bookstore that focuses on Pan African and Feminist reads founded by Muthoni Muiruri and Wendy Njoroge in Nairobi, Kenya in 2021. It has quickly become one of…

  • A snapshot of the NYrobi Comic Fest 2024

    A snapshot of the NYrobi Comic Fest 2024

    The NYrobi Comic Fest 2024, the first in the series, run at the Alliance Française Nairobi from March 12 – 15, 2024. Earlier in March, Alliance Française Nairobi announced a new initiative called the NYrobi Comic Fest curated by Msanii Kimani Wa Wanjiru. Sharing a stage over four days of the festival were artists like…

  • Book Digest: Scholastique Mukasonga, Scholar V Akinyi, Nkateko Masinga, Michael Donkor

    Book Digest: Scholastique Mukasonga, Scholar V Akinyi, Nkateko Masinga, Michael Donkor

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Scholastique Mukasonga, Scholar V Akinyi, Nkateko Masinga, and Michael Donkor. Grow Where They Fall by Michael Donkor Publisher:  PenguinDate:  March 7, 2024Genre:  FictionLanguage:  EnglishWhere to find it:  Penguin Michael Donkor Michael Donkor was born in London to Ghanaian…