Nigerian writer Elnathan John has announced that he will be doing an official tour of Nairobi in February 2017.
Elnathan John is not a new name for many followers of African literature. He has been twice nominate for the Caine Prize for African writing in 2013 and in 2015. His first nomination brought some drama that excited some of us in the business as guys and girls can be too nice here in books. It is not great for traffic if I have to be truthful.
Last year Elnathan graduated from short stories and went to the big table of novels with his debut novel last year Born On A Tuesday. The book which is a childhood memoir about a Dantala a young man who grows up in a very stressful Nigeria has done quite well for its author. It was shortlisted for the Nigeria Prize for Literature this year and is currently on the longlist for the Etisalat Prize for African Literature.
Elnathan is known for his traveling with appearances in cities like Accra. It seems that he has decided that it is time for him to enjoy that which East Africa has to offer with an appearance in Kenya’s capital Nairobi. He made the announcement on his Twitter account;
Excited to confirm one of my early dates for 2017. I will be in Nairobi from February 15, reading and speaking. Excited to be doing #Kenya. — Elnathan John (@elnathan_john)
He will be the featured guest of Literary Crossroads on 16th February where he will be in conversation with popular writer Kinyanjui Kombani at the Goethe-Institut. Arrangements are also being made for him to do a talk at University of Nairobi.
So you better dust off your copies of Born on a Tuesday for the arrival of Elnathan. Or you can alternatively buy copies of the books at Prestige Books on Mama Ngina Street or Magunga Books for you to get his John Hancock. These two organisations are part of the team ensuring that Elnathan has a great time in the cool city in the sun.
We shall keep you posted on the exciting activities happening in East Africa’s hub with the hashtag #ElnathanInNairobi