Previous Readings & Launches
One Day I will Write About This Place : Book Launch
Date: 1st June 2012
Venue: Kenya Railways Museum off Haile Selassie Avenue
Entry : Copy of 'One Day I will Write About This Place', @ Ksh 500 (purchased at the entrance)
Binyavanga Wainaina tumbled through his middle-class Kenyan childhood out of kilter with the world around him. This world came to him as a chaos of loud and colourful sounds: the hair dryers at his mother's beauty parlour, black mamba bicycle bells, mechanics in Nairobi, the music of Michael Jackson—all punctuated by the infectious laughter of his brother and sister, Jimmy and Ciru. He could fall in with their patterns, but it would take him a while to carve out his own. In this vivid and compelling debut memoir, Wainaina takes us through his school days, his mother's religious period, his failed attempt to study in South Africa as a computer programmer, a moving family reunion in Uganda, and his travels around Kenya. The landscape in front of him always claims his main attention, but he also evokes the shifting political scene that unsettles his views on family, tribe, and nationhood. Throughout, reading is his refuge and his solace. And when, in 2002, a writing prize comes through, the door is opened for him to pursue the career that perhaps had been beckoning all along. A series of fascinating international reporting assignments follow. Finally he circles back to a Kenya in the throes of postelection violence and finds he is not the only one questioning the old certainties.
The Kwani? eBookstore Virtual Launch
Date: 24th May 2012
The Kwani? eBookstore will go live on 24th May 2012 at 2.30pm, featuring a selection of our titles converted to eBooks and audio books. The Kwani? eBook platform, developed in partnership with Digital divide Data is the first step in developing structures and networks through which our content can be disseminated and which have the potential to earn our published writers a much wider readership. A further selection will be developed in the coming months, exploring ways to drive literary consumption locally and in Africa as a whole through mobile technology, and elsewhere through the internet.
24Nairobi Book Launch
Date: 17th June 2011,
Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium