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Kuona Trust invites you for a copyright & Publishing workshop followed by the screening of His to Keep, a short film made in Kenya. Written and directed by Amirah Tajdin. Made in conjunction with DYMK Films and 8486 Films.
Cover charge for the film is Kshs 200
Date: May 26, 2013
Venue: Kuona Trust
Location: Likoni Close, off of Likoni Lane and Dennis Pritt Rd
Time: 2 – 5 pm
Entrance is free
The agenda will be as follows:
- Conventional and Self Publishing: the pros, the cons and how to decide
- Contracts: What you need to think about before you sign
- Self-publishing: What it is, how to do it and why it’s not for everyone
- E-publishing: Why and how you should break free of geographical borders
This will be an interactive discussion specifically for writers, publishers, and anyone interested in writing, publishing and e-books.
Participating Authors: Binyavanga Wainaina, Muthoni Likimani, John Sibi-Okumu, Joyce Mbaya, Mbugua Mumbi, Dr. Charles Orero, Winnie Thuku-Craig, Antony T. Gitonga, Jenniffer Karina, Stanley Gazemba, Nganga Mbugua, Bonnie Kim, Stephen Kigwa, kinyanjui Kombani and Joseph Ngunjiri
Special appearance by Musyoki Muli, MD Longhorn Publishers
Guest: Author Dr. Auma Obama [reading excerpts of her book] followed by screening of The Education of Auma Obama in the presence of the film director Branwen Okpako
Date & Time: Saturday, 27th April 2013, 10.00 – 1 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut Library
The Literature Forum brings together upcoming women writers and literary critics to share and discuss stories, poems and current literary trends with the aim of enhancing their creativity. The forum provides a space to listen to the voices of established and budding female writers – voices of women with a passion for literary adventure.
AMKA and the Goethe-Institut organise the monthly readings in the library of the Goethe-Institut every last Saturday of the month.
Participation in the forum is open to both men and women.
During this month’s session, the veteran writer, journalist and publisher, Muthoni Likimani, will be the guest-speaker.
Date & Time: Thursday, 25th April 2013, 6.00 p.m.
Venue: Goethe-Institut Library
The narrator of this witty, ironic exquisitely told tale of love and loss is a middle-aged German composer who writes avant-garde music, but makes a living producing jingles for TV. When Judith, an ambitious young cello player from Budapest (whose mother was once the composer’s lover and who may or may not be his daughter), shows up on his doorstep, he agrees to take her in while she studies at the conservatory in Munich. Judith’s presence evokes memories of a far different time, when Eastern Europe was a world away and when life was about art. As our protagonist sets out for the composer’s house in Southern France, where he will finish his opera and she will master her instrument, it gradually becomes clear that this young woman is playing more than the cello.
Excerpts from the novel will be read in English and German by Pete Openda and Peter Schreiber.
The book is a documentation of experiences and observations made by Prof. Nebe after many years of travelling through Africa. It also covers the crisis in Kenya immediately after the elections of 2007.
The findings in this book will provoke a new way of thinking and actions aimed at improving the situation of peace-building in the Kenyan society. Everybody has a role to play because peace, reconciliation and healing are the most fundamental cornerstones for social stability and democracy. Although it’s a small contribution it aims to enhance and encourage others to strengthen their political will to give Kenya a better way for a multi-ethnic state.
Date & Time: Wednesday, 13th February, 6.00 p.m.
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
The German Ambassador, Mrs. Margit Hellwig-Boette, and the Chairman of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia, will be in attendance.
Book-reading & Poetry Performance: An Evening with Staceyann Chin, Feb. 15 2013 @ Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel
* Advance tickets are available at the NEST (directions here), the BONK shop at the Junction Mall (Ngong Road) and the Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel.
A proud Jamaican national, Staceyann’s voice was featured on “The Oprah Show,” where she spoke candidly about her experiences of growing up on the island and the dire consequences of her coming out there. Through her work she seeks to question the oppression and the limitations of identity, race, class, sexuality and belonging. In addition to performing in and co-writing the Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Chin’s work has been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Guardian.
Staceyann has toured internationally, held poetry workshops worldwide and performed in London, Denmark, Germany, South Africa – and now, Nairobi.
For more info: the Nest website
Hardcover copies of Staceyann’s memoir – “The Other Side of Paradise” – are available at the NEST, and will be on sale during the event at Kshs. 1,800.
Dates: January 19-30, 2013
Venue: Le Rustique Restaurant
Festival Dates: December 9 -16, 2012
Events Line Up: Public Lectures, Writers in conversation, Readings, Performances, Art Exhibitions, Film Screenings
Venues: various venues – Kifaru Gardens, Kwani? Garden, National Museum,
University of Nairobi, Goethe Institut, Kuona Trust, Habesha, Kibera, KICC Helipad, Eastleigh, South B [map below]
Update: All the events scheduled to take place at University of Nairobi have been moved to the National Museum
Focus: Stories of the Horn of Africa with participating Countries – Somalia, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan & Kenya
Some of the writers confirmed for the festival are: Hadraawi – Somalia, Warsan Shire – Somalia, Sayadin Hersi – Somalia, Awes Osman – Somalia, Said Juma Hussein – Somalia, Chehem Watta – Djibouti, Meaza Worku – Ethiopia, Jamal Mahjoub – Sudan, Alemseged Tesfai – Eritrea, Nawal El Saadawi – Egypt, Kojo Laing – Ghana, Helon Habila – Nigeria, Deqa Abshir – Somalia/Kenya, Fawaz El Said – Sudan, Yassir Ali – Sudan, Altayeb Daw Elbeit – Sudan, Ermais Ekube – Ethiopia
A Snap Shot of the Programme
Date: December 9, 2012
Venue: Kifaru Gardens
Time: 2-10 pm
Music by: Waayaha Cusub and Kato& Band
DJ Set by: DJ Zelalem
Date: December 10, 2012
Venue: Goethe-Institut Nairobi, Monrovia Street
Time: 2.30 – 8 pm
Date: December 11, 2012
University of Nairobi National Museum
Time: 2– 7 pm
Date: December 12, 2012
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 2.30-8 pm
Date: December 13, 2012
Venues: Hotel Intercontinental,
Taifa Hall (University of Nairobi) & Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museum
Time: 2.30– 7.30 pm
Date: December 14, 2012
Venues: Louis Leakey Auditorium (National Museum) & Kuona Trust
Date: December 15, 2012
Venues: Louis Leakey Auditorium (National Museum) & KICC Helipad
Entry: Free (National Museum)
Entry: Ksh 1,000 (KICC Helipad)
The Kwani? Literary Festival is organised by Kwani Trust on a biennial basis where the literary leaders of Kenya, enriched with visiting writers from around the world, turn their attention to one salient subject and explore it through the lenses of the continent’s past, present and emerging literatures. In 2012, the Litfest will focus on several geopolitical trends and shifts in Kenya’s immediate north to host literary conversations with the Horn of Africa.
It thus aims to act as a platform where the story of the Horn of Africa can be told, to an extent, not taking the political crisis narrative as the only story that exists.
Additionally, the pan-African exchange programme of Goethe-Institut Moving Africa will bring a further eight African writers to Nairobi.
Kenya Museum Society presents the best second hand book sale in Nairobi – it is back at the Nairobi National Museum
Friday 7 – Saturday 8 December 2012
10am – 3pm on both days.
If you missed the September edition… this is your chance to get some really good books at great prices (a discount will be given if you purchase many books)
Mindspeak: Aly Khan Satchu Hosts Dr. Oduor Martin & Joshua Oigara, Dec. 8 2012 @ Inter Continental Nairobi
Date: December 8, 2012
Venue: Inter Continental Hotel Nairobi
Time: 9 am to 12 Noon
Guest speakers are Dr. Oduor-Otieno and Mr. Oigara of Kenya Commercial Bank
Book launch: Endless Horizons by Mike Prettejohn, this Sunday the 9th at the Muthaiga Club from 12 noon – 3 pm. (Note: time changed from 2:30 to Noon) Please come out, have a glass of wine and get a signed copy of the book.
The Kenya Burning Exhibition is ongoing at the Nairobi Gallery near Nyayo House for the next three months from 9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday – Saturday. Entry is Free.
Kenya Burning books are on sale at the venue for Ksh. 1875 each.
Book Launch of Mogadishu Then & Now by Rasna Warah, Mohamud Diros & Ismail Osman
Presentation by Rasna Warah
The launch coincides with the closing of the exhibition Gates by Deqa Abshir
Book Launch: South Sudan – from revolution to independence, Oct. 19 2012 @ British Institute In Eastern Africa
In July 2011 the Republic of South Sudan achieved independence, concluding what had been Africa’s longest running civil war. The process leading to independence was driven by the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement, a primarily Southern rebel force and political movement intent on bringing about the reformed unity of the whole Sudan. A story of transformation and of victory against the odds, this book reviews South Sudan’s modern history as a contested region and assesses the political, social and security dynamics that will shape its immediate future as Africa’s newest independent state.
About the Author
Matthew LeRiche is a Fellow in Managing Humanitarianism at LSE. He will be launching his book in Kenya which will be prefaced by a few words on the importance of South Sudan to both academicians and practitioners followed by an exposition of the book.
An interlocutory session with the audience will follow thereafter and copies of the book will be available for sale.
Join in on the discussion at the Kwani? Stand at the International Book Fair
Date: September 28, 2012
Venue: Sarit Centre Expo Hall, Westlands
Following discussions at iHub in late August and the Storymoja Hay Festival in mid-September, Kwani Trust will hold an event on Friday 28th September, 2012 from 10 – 11am at the 15th Nairobi International Book Fair at Sarit Centre, Nairobi.
Panelists will discuss issues of research and knowledge in the online and digital use of creative content, and how national communications policy and legal frameworks are evolving because of the advent of digital and mobile platforms.
1. Jimmy Gitonga, Kwani Trust (@kwanitrust): Presenting Findings From Kwani Trust’s Digital Pilot
2. Kaburo Kobia, Kenya ICT Board (@kenyaictboard): National Policy and Legal Frameworks In New Digital Communications
3. Will Clurman, eKitabu (@ekitabu): Private Spaces, National Frameworks
4. Marisella Ouma, Kenya Copyright Board (@kenyacopyright): What The Law Says Re: Content And Online Technologies (TBC)
Full information available here: http://www.kwani.org/event/kwani-out-about/111/telling_stories_in_digital_online_audiences_and_markets.htm
For more information visit Goethe website
Dates: September 26-30, 2012
Venue: Sarit Centre
Events at the fair: Workshops and seminars on topical issues, Book launches, Children activities, Presentation of the Wahome Mutahi Literary Award- 2012, Budding Authors Seminar, Books clearance sale and raffle for books- Publishers will sell books at huge discounts and book exhibitions
For more information visit: http://www.kenyapublishers.org/nairobi_bookfair.html
Date: September 2, 2012
The author, Judy Aldrick, will give a short talk on how she researched the book accompanied by a slide show of vintage photographs.
Book signing session with the author at Bookstop-Yaya Centre
Date: September 1, 2012
Second Official Launch in Mombasa [Authors Home town for 22 Years]
Date: September 4, 2012
Venue: Fort Jesus-Mombasa
*Copies of Northrup will be on sale at each venue for Ksh. 1000/- and the author will be signing books
Date: August 1, 2012
Venue: British Institute of East Africa
RSVP to attend at: firstname.lastname@example.org
To understand events like the 2007-08 post-election violence in Kenya one needs to go back in history.
This effort requires the following of the Kenyan State from the colonial but most importantly from its post-colonial trajectory. This is the focus of Charles Hornsby’s latest book, “Kenya: a history since independence.” Traversing key features of the Kenya post-colony, Hornsby looks at issues such as the politics of redistribution, the saliency of ethnicity and the operation of corruption in Kenya since independence.
The book offers fresh evidence and as such new insights on Kenya’s post-colonial history and will surely remain a widely referenced title in years to come.
The launch will be accompanied by a short discussion on the debates that the book tries to raise or tackle.
Copies of the book will be on sale and Hornsby will gladly be present to autograph sold copies as well.
Book Launch: Rethinking Eastern African Literary and Intellectual Landscapes, Jul 3 2012 @ Goethe-Institut
* WHERE: GOETHE INSTITUT NAIROBI
* WHEN: Tuesday 3rd July 2012 – 6 PM
* ENTRY: FREE
Rethinking Eastern African Literary and Intellectual Landscapes
An Anthology edited by Prof. James Ogude, Dr. Grace A. Musila and Dr. Dina Ligaga
This book brings together diverse voices, genres and intellectual trajectories in an attempt to reflect on the state of production of, and engagement with, Eastern African literary cultures. The book re-visits established intellectual debates and canonical texts, while simultaneously offering a forceful engagement with popular arts and performance; particularly the manner in which genres such as drama, music and new media offer important insights into everyday life in the region. At the core of these essays is Eastern Africa s engagement with the legacy of colonial modernity, which remains a major influence on the region’s artists. The book also speaks to rich and complex sources of Eastern African cultures and how these continue to be negotiated through multiple currents, both local and transnational.
‘The anthology presents brilliantly written, erudite, and incredibly rich discussions of the various facets of contemporary East African literary cultures. The greatest strength of the collection lies in the fact that each writer places the materials under analysis in the context of a long tradition of African literary production, academic debates, and postcolonial scholarship. The essays are not only a thrill to read, but they will also be of great value to scholars of African and postcolonial literatures across the globe seeking to appreciate the shifts and continuities in the region’s culture of writing.’
Evan Mwangi – Assistant Professor of English, Northwestern University, USA.
Date: June 12, 2012
Venue: Goethe Institut Auditorium
Somalia is not well known or understood. The images that come from there are one-sided and mostly filled with gloom, violence and suffering.
Fatima Jibrell, a Somali environmentalist, and James Lindsay, a retired diplomat, have both been working closely with the rural communities of Northern Somalia to conserve the environment and improve the standards of living of the rural populations there. But more importantly, they have been able to project to the outside world an image of Northern Somalia as a place of great diversity and serenity. They have published a photographic documentation entitledPeace and Milk: Scenes from Northern Somalia.
Peace and Milk reveals the beauty and variety of the Somali landscape and the communities of Northern Somalia. Informative captions tell the stories behind the photographs and provide an insight into how ordinary Somalis live.
The book launch will be in the form of a moderated panel discussion with the authors and a Q & A session with the audience.
For more information check the Goethe Institut website
Venue: The Professional Centre
Tickets: Kshs 200
The book will be on sale at Kshs 700
Documentary: Laikipia: The Land of Life / Book Launch: Laikipia: A Natural History Guide, Jan. 27 2012 @ National Museum
Laikipia Wildlife Forum cordially invites you to an evening show casting conservation led development with the premiere of the LWF documentary ‘Laikipia: The Land of Life’ and the official launch of the book, ‘Laikipia: A Natural History Guide’
Date: 27thJanuary 2012
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, National Museums of Kenya
Time: 6.00 pm
Event: Movie premiere & Cocktail
Guest of Honour: Hon. Ndiritu Muriithi, MP Laikipia West