Launch: Hiding in Plain Sight by Nuruddin Farah at 2015 Kwani? Litfest, Dec. 5 2015 @ Kwani Trust
Date: Saturday 5 December 2015
Venue: Kwani? Trust
Location: Off Riverside Drive, Chiromo
Time: 2 – 4pm
Nuruddin is the 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). The novel Hiding in Plain Sight is partially set in Nairobi and explores themes of family, freedom and loyalty. Says the New York Times Book Review, “The rewards of reading Hiding in Plain Sight lie in Farah’s sensitive exploration of grief and his depiction of a family’s love for one another…Farah is particularly adept at evoking the way in which the sight of a familiar face or place can trigger painful memories and how comfort can come to us from unexpected sources.”
This year’s Kwani? Litfest, themed “Beyond the Map of English”, will also host a variety of conversations on language and writing, including:
Language and its changing relations to African experience and writing on the continent, a panel discussion featuring Siphiwo Mahala, Patrick Mudekereza, and Yvonne Owuor. Wednesday 2 December 2015, 6:00pm – 7:30pm, at the Kenya National Theatre.
Capturing African Worlds, a public lecture by acclaimed Ghanaian-Nigerian writer Taiye Selasi about her work and the different worlds language that capture African experiences. Taiye will later join Yvonne Owuor in conversation with Dr. Sheila Ochugboju. Wednesday 2 December 2015, 7:30pm – 9:00pm, at the Kenya National Theatre.
Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature winners Anna Samwel, Mohammed K. Ghassani, Enock Maregesi and Christopher Bundala Budebah in conversation with Mukoma wa Ngugi. Friday 4 December 2015, 6:00 – 7:30pm, at Kwani Trust.
New contemporary narratives – escaping the straitjacket of genre. Where do fiction and non-fiction meet? A conversation with Wu Ming 1 and Mikhail Iossel, moderated by Billy Kahora. Friday 4 December 2015 ,7:45pm – 9:30pm, at Kwani Trust.
Pre-registration is not required.
More information and the full Kwani? Litfest 2015 programme are available at http://kwanilitfest.tumblr.com.