Peter Kimani’s “Dance of the Jakaranda”

Kenyan writer and poet Peter Kimani is set to make a Nairobi splash with his novel Dance of the Jakaranda. He will be having a launch on September 27 at the Goethe-Institut Nairobi followed on September 28 with a book signing at Prestige Bookshop.

Peter Kimani is an award-winning Kenyan author and journalist who works across a broad spectrum of genres – from fiction to non-fiction, poetry and plays. His latest novel, Dance of the Jakaranda, is a historical novel that re-imagines the rise and fall of colonialism in Kenya at the turn of the last century. It was published in New York in February 2017, to great critical acclaim including as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and a 2018 nominee for Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Fiction, which honours the best writing from Black America and abroad.

The writer will be doing a couple of events this week for his book starting with his official debut at the Goethe Institut on Thursday, September 27. The event which starts at 6pm will include panellists Godwin Siundu and Wamuyu Maina moderated by James Murua. After the event, fans can get their books signed by the author.

Peter Kimani at Prestige BookshopThat event will be followed on Friday, September 28 with another signing at the Prestige Bookshop on Mama Ngina Street which has gotten a name as a mecca for African writing in recent times. That event will be on from 5-7pm.