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A Night of Poetry & Performance with Staceyann Chin + Binyavanga Wainaina, Jan. 30 2014 @ Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel
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).
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).
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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.
Panelists: Muthoni Garland, Sitawa Namwalie, Eric Omondi and Binyavanga Wainaina
Proceeds go to start a library foundation
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
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.
Date: June 1, 2012
Venue: Kenya Railways Museum, off Haile Selassie Avenue
Entry: Copy of ‘One Day I will Write About This Place‘, @ Ksh 500 (purchased at the entrance)
Enquiries/Contacts: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel 020 444 1801
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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