Noviolet Bulawayo, Karen Jennings and Yewande Omotoso who were shortlisted for the Etisalat Prize for African literature will be in Kenya next week. They will be here as part of their three city promotion tour that was one of their prizes that they went home with when they were shortlisted .
For those who want to interact with these writers the best bet at the moment is the Sunday Salon that will be happening on Sunday 29 June. For the uninitiated, Sunday Salon is an initiative that the Kwani Trust dust off whenever there is a really cool novelist coming in town and they need to do a reading and meet the fans. The last time the readings happened was last year when the Young Granta Novelists were in town.
As a bonus for those of you who are at the event you will also get to listen to a reading from the winner of Kwani Trust’s Manuscript Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Jennifer Makumbi from the novel she released The Kintu Saga. You can also buy it.
Finally you can also cull the favour of the two Kenyan writers shortlisted for The Caine Prize for African Writing 2014; Billy Kahora and Okwiri Oduor before they head out to learn their fate Oxford in July. If either of the two wins the best grovellers are might just be in for some goodies. You never know!
See you there folks (this one I won’t miss).