Posted by
Posted in

Caine Prize 2013 short list named; Nope, no Kenyans

The Caine Prize for African writing was announced yesterday and the list was quite surprising to say the very least; four Nigerians and 1 Sierra Leonian. No other nationality was named in what many consider one of Africa’s leading writing prizes. Kenyans have a pretty cool relationship with two Binyavanga Wainaina and Yvonne Owuor winning […]

Posted by
Posted in

A buffet of Kenyan authors at the Junction Mall

If you are following the literature space from out of Nairobi you would probably believe that the only people who have written books in Kenya are Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Binyavanga Wainaina. The truth is that there are many people who have written books in Kenya with less exotic names and the chances to see […]

Posted by

Niq Mhlongo’s Way Back Home; Very nice

One of my favourite movies is Quentin Tarantino offering From Dusk Till Dawn. The 1997 movie with a starring cast including George Clooney and Salma Hayek begins as a sort of prison break type movie. The movie begins with George Clooney and Tarantino as criminals who escape into Mexico taking hostages along the way. They […]

Posted by

Zukiswa Wanner launches books in Harare, Zimbabwe

t was an evening to remember at the Book Cafe in Harare last night as Zambian born South African/Zimbabwean author Zukiswa Wanner launched two of her books in the Zimbabwean capital. The books in question are her first book The Madams (2006) and her most recent book Men of The South (2010). It was homecoming […]

Posted by

A drink with Mukoma Wa Ngugi

This Thursday was a special day as I had a beer with author and Cornell University professor Mukoma Wa Ngugi. Cornell Professor Mukoma Wa Ngugi was in town recently to do a literary workshop for people in the arts and literary journalism trade. The event was facilitated by the Kenyan Chapter of the African Arts […]

Posted by
Posted in

Rich Dad is now bankrupt dad

We love motivational books in Kenya don’t we? If there is one genre of books we snap up like crazy it is the one that tell you how to be a multimillionaire. Not billionaire mind you as thats an income bracket that many cant seem to wrap their minds around. We love Anthony Robbins. And […]