For those in Kampala and Johannesburg there are some very cool literary events for you today. In Jozi, Caine Prize nominee 2011 Beatrice Lamwaka will be joining South Africans Mandla Langa, Makhosazana Xaba and Masande Ntshanga to read extracts from their latest novels and poetry collections. They will be discussing their work with Michele Magwood who is the contributing Books Editor for the Sunday Times and the host of TMLive Book Show. This will be at the Orbit Jazz Club, 81 De Korte Street from 7.30pm –8.30pm.
Beatrice for those not in the know was shortlisted for the 2011 Caine Prize for her story “Butterfly Dreams” and has had her stories in many anthologies including Butterfly Dreams and Other Stories from Uganda, New Writing from Africa 2009 and Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction.
For those in East Africa they can head to Kampala, of course Kampala is up the road from Nairobi eh, and meet up with Oduor Jagero whose claim to prose is his self published book True Citizen. His event will be happening at Plot 52 Bukoto Street, Kamwokya.
Now all we need is a South African doing a book event in Nairobi and the triangle is complete.