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Kenyan libraries to be awarded at Maktaba Awards

 We don’t have too many libraries in Kenya. In fact at a speech that was given to us by the Storymoja Hay festival boss Muthoni Garland boss over the weekend only 2% of Kenyan schools have a library on site. This is why we need more of them to ensure that more Kenyans have access […]

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South African wins PEN International’s inaugural New Voices Award

Pen International is an association of writers, founded in London to promote friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere. The organisation has chapters in over 100 countries including Kenya which is run by a team of guys led by Khainga O’Okwemba. This year the organisation introduced a new prize they called the New Voices Award […]

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Noviolet Bulawayo on Man Booker Prize shortlist

The Man Booker Prize is one of the biggest in the literary business with winner going home with £50,000. That’s UK pounds. Launched in 1969, the prize aims to promote the finest in fiction by rewarding the best novel by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland. Judges are […]

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Changes to the business of books in Kenya

The book business is a very exciting one to be involved in at any one time. The excitement however has just gone down a little notch for Nairobi based book lovers with changes in the tax code. Previously the book was a zero rated product which meant that it did not attract the 16% Value […]

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Pumla Dineo Gqola to launch “A Renegade Called Simphiwe” in Nairobi

I recently mentioned that the Associate Professor of African Literary and Gender studies at the University of the Witwatersrand Pumla Dineo Gqola is chair of the new Etisalat prize for African writing. This was just before she unleashed her latest work “A renegade called Simphiwe.” This book is a series of essays focusing on Simphiwe […]

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Okwiri Oduor wins Short Story Day Africa Prize

You know we love the short story in Kenya right?I have a feeling that vibe was started when Binyavanga Wainaina won that prize all those years ago. This was followed by Yvonne Adhiambo Owour for that terrific Weight of Whispers the year after that.With Muthoni Garland, Parsalelo Kantai and Billy Kahora going down the same […]