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A Night of Poetry & Performance with Staceyann Chin + Binyavanga Wainaina, Jan. 30 2014 @ Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel

Staceyann Chin
The NEST will once again host the Jamaican poet and performance artist Staceyann Chin alongside our very own Binyavanga Wainaina this Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Southern Sun Mayfair Nairobi from 7.30pm, for a night of conversations and performances.

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014
Venue: Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel
Time: 7:30 pm
Tickets: Ksh 500

Pay for advance tickets through MPESA on 0724 947587, or pick them up at the NEST located on Jabavu road, Kilimani, and the BONK shop at the Junction Mall (Ngong Road).

January 27, 2014 at 6:04 pm Leave a comment

Events: Reflections on a Kwani? Decade, Nov. 27-30 2013, @ Various Venues

Kwani at 10
Between 27th-30th November Kwani Trust will host a series of literary, creative and artistic events that reflect on its work in the context of the literary history of Kenya, East Africa and the continent. Culminating in the launch of Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor’s debut novel Dust and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel Americanah.

The programme includes public lectures, readings, an Awards Ceremony for the Kwani? Manuscript Project and a visual art retrospective that reflects on a shared sensibility between photographers, writers and other artists curated by Mbithi Masya (Just a Band).

For more info. download Kwaniat10

November 22, 2013 at 9:10 am Leave a comment

Visual & Performance Art by James Mweu, Jul. 28 – Aug. 21 2013 @ One Off

James Mweu at One Off
A day of visual and performance art from James Mweu with the added honour of Binyavanga Wainaina, to add a literary slant to proceedings

Date: Sunday 28th of July
Venue: One Off Contemporary Gallery
Location: #16 Rosslyn Lone Tree
Time: 11am to 5pm

Exhibition Dates: Until August 21, 2013

James Mwau is best known in Kenya for his work as a dancer.

In this exhibition he presents extraordinarily intimate photographs of the living spaces of his friends in Kibera.
He will also dance with Kunja Dancers on a number of occasions throughout the day.

Binyavanga Wainaina won the 2002 Caine Prize for African writing. He is the founding editor of Kwani and has taught at Union and Williams College. He is the Director of the Chinua Achebe Centre for African Writers and Artists at Bard College. One of his most recent works is the memoir One day I will write about this place.

July 22, 2013 at 8:06 pm Leave a comment

Kids in the Centre II, Jul. 27 2013 @ Michael Joseph Centre

Kids in the Centre II
Date: July 27, 2013
Venue: Michael Joseph Centre
Time: 9 am – 3 pm
Tickets: Children Kshs 500 and Parents Kshs 1000

Panelists: Muthoni Garland, Sitawa Namwalie, Eric Omondi and Binyavanga Wainaina

Proceeds go to start a library foundation

July 17, 2013 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Nadifa Mohamed in Conversation + Kenyan Writers & the 2013 Elections, Jun. 21 2013 @ National Museum

Kenya Elections
Kwani Trust in partnership with the Nairobi Forum will be hosting an evening of writers on 21 June 2013 at Nairobi National Museum.

Date: Friday 21 June 2013
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Time: 5 – 8 pm
Entry: Prior reservation

About Nadifa Mohamed
Nadifa Mohamed, the Somali-British author, will be speaking about her writing and her Somali homeland. Born in Hargeisa and raised in South London, Nadifa’s first novel, Black Mamba Boy(2010), was inspired by the life of her father who was forced to leave Somalia and set out on an odyssey that took him to the UK. Identified by Granta as one of the best of young British novelists, Nadifa’s novel was described by one reviewer as a book of elegance and beauty. It won the Betty Trask Award and was shortlisted for numerous other prizes. Nadifa’s new novel, The Orchard of Lost Souls, will be published in August 2013. It describes the fall of the Somali state through the lives of three women.

During the same evening, a panel of writers, bloggers, photographers and poets will also discuss their work on the recently concluded 2013 Kenyan general elections.

Previous Conversations

June 11, 2013 at 9:47 am Leave a comment

Authors Buffet: Multi-author book signing, May 18 2013 @ the Junction

Book Signing at the Junction
Date: May 18, 2013
Venue: Junction Mall
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Entry: Free

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

May 14, 2013 at 11:14 am 1 comment

Nuruddin Farah in Conversation, Apr. 18 2013 @ Louis Leakey Auditorium – National Museum

The Nairobi Forum, in partnership with Kwani Trust, will be hosting an evening with renowned Somali author Nuruddin Farah on 18th April.

Date: April 18, 2013
Venue: Louis Leakey Auditorium, Nairobi National Museum
Time: 6.30 – 8.30 pm
Free entrance by prior registration only. Register here

Nuruddin is winner of the Neustadt International Prize for literature and the Lettre Ulysses Award, and has been nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature several times. His body of work includes two trilogies, Variations on the Theme of an African Dictatorship (1980) and Blood in the Sun (1986). His most recent novel, Crossbones, was published in 2011.
Nuruddin will be in conversation with Binyavanga Wainaina, the Founding Editor of Kwani Trust and author of the acclaimed memoir One Day I Will Write About This Place.

April 8, 2013 at 12:32 pm Leave a comment

Kwani? Open Mic with Binyavanga Wainaina + more, Jun 5 2012 @ Club Soundd

May 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm Leave a comment

Readings & Book Launch: One Day I will Write About This Place, Jun. 1 2012 @ Kenya Railways Museum

Date: June 1, 2012
Venue: Kenya Railways Museum, off Haile Selassie Avenue 

Time: 6.30pm

Entry: Copy of ‘One Day I will Write About This Place‘, @ Ksh 500 (purchased at the entrance)

Enquiries/Contacts: or Tel 020 444 1801

Book Description
Binyavanga Wainaina tumbled through his middle-class Kenyan childhood out of kilter with the world around him. This world came to him as a chaos of loud and colourful sounds: the hair dryers at his mother’s beauty parlour, black mamba bicycle bells, mechanics in Nairobi, the music of Michael Jackson—all punctuated by the infectious laughter of his brother and sister, Jimmy and Ciru. He could fall in with their patterns, but it would take him a while to carve out his own. In this vivid and compelling debut memoir, Wainaina takes us through his school days, his mother’s religious period, his failed attempt to study in South Africa as a computer programmer, a moving family reunion in Uganda, and his travels around Kenya. The landscape in front of him always claims his main attention, but he also evokes the shifting political scene that unsettles his views on family, tribe, and nationhood. Throughout, reading is his refuge and his solace. And when, in 2002, a writing prize comes through, the door is opened for him to pursue the career that perhaps had been beckoning all along. A series of fascinating international reporting assignments follow. Finally he circles back to a Kenya in the throes of postelection violence and finds he is not the only one questioning the old certainties.

One Day I Will Write about This Place was first released to great critical and commercial success acclaim in the United States and the UK in 2011.
Kwani Trust will be launching the East Africa edition of this book, and the event also features a DJ set by Just A Band

Selections & Reviews
Oprah Book Club: Book of the Week (19th July 2011) and 2011 Summer Selection
A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Selection (10th October 2011)
A New York Times ‘100 Most Notable Books of 2011′
Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2011

`A beguiling account and vibrant celebration of coming of age in post-colonial Africa‘ –Sunday Times

An autobiographical portrait of the artist as a young man with brilliant commentary and critique‘ — Guardian

Head directly to the bookstore for Binyavanga Wainaina’s stand-up-and-cheer coming-of-age memoir‘ — New York Times

Witty, novelistic and dreamy, Wainaina’s story is effectively the story of Kenya itself‘ –Metro

This is Africa from the African Point of View, a vibrant celebration of “normal human beings doing normal things.“– The Sunday Times.

About The Author
Wainaina, 41, is a travel writer, essayist, award winning fiction writer and journalist, and is also the Founding Editor of Kwani?, and one of Africa’s most dynamic literary voices.
He is presently the Director of the Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists at Bard College in New York and as travel writer, has written for The New York Times, National Geographic, Vanity Fair (US), The Mail and Guardian (SA), The East African, among other publications.

His landmark essay, How to Write about Africa has been translated into twenty languages and is studied in universities and schools around the world as a foundational text about the perception of Africa in the west.

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May 21, 2012 at 6:22 pm 1 comment

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