Kinyanjui Kombani’s Burt Award winning novel Finding Colombia launched on the side lines of the Nairobi International Book Fair 2018 at the Sarit Centre, Nairobi on September 29, 2018.
Kinyanjui Kombani’s young adult offering Finding Colombia was the toast of the town as it won the Burt Award for African Young Adult Literature 2018 at a ceremony at the Ghana International Book Fair 2018 on August 31. The Kenyan writer would launch his book at the end of September at the Eastern African equivalent fair known as the Nairobi International Book Fair.
The room at the Sarit Centre was filled with both adults and kids as the morning started with Kinyanjui Kombani on a panel with his publisher Oxford University Press General Manager John Mwazemba. The two were moderated by Oxford University Press editor Florence Waeni. They would go back and forth for an hour and a half talking about writer motivations, the publishing industry and its challenges, and many other issues that would be of interest to writers as well as to the young reader.
As part of the discussions, CODE Burt Award representative Lynne O’Rourke spoke about the Burt Award and the important role that it played in supporting Young Adult literature around the world.
After the moderated panel the reading part of the event was upon us and Kombani had recruited four young readers’, two boys and two girls, who would help him read the title. After this readers were asked to get their books signed at the Oxford University Press Stand.
Check out video from the event at the Sarit Centre below.