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The Havoc of Choice: A Book Party! Nov. 7 2020 @ iKigai, Westlands

Date: November 7, 2020
Venue: iKigai, Westlands
Time: 4-9 pm
Tickets: KES 1,500 via Mookh

Join us for the launch of The Havoc of Choice, by Wanjiru Koinange.

The author will be in conversation with Bien-Aime Baraza.

Released in July 2020, The Havoc of Choice is a story about family, politics, and journeying through a fractured country in a delicate time. Long-held captive by her father’s shadow of corruption, Kavata has spent her life suffocated by political machinations. When her husband decides to run in the general election, these shadows threaten to consume her home. Unable to bear this darkness, Kavata plots to escape. As her family falls apart, so too does the country. In the wake of Kenya‘s post-election turmoil, Kavata and her family must find their way back to each other across a landscape of nationwide confusion, desperation and heart-rending loss.

In this title, Koinange explores the long reach and effects of colonisation and corruption within the context of a singular household and the disparate experiences of class and clan they encapsulate.


Wanjiru Koinange is a writer, restorer of libraries and entrepreneur from Nairobi. She was raised on a farm on the outskirts of the city with her four siblings. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Literature from United States International University – Africa, after which she worked as a talent manager for some of East Africa’s most renowned artists and musicians – then as a festival and events manager. She then later pursued a Masters in Creative Writing from University of Cape Town.

During this time she also worked to explore how art may be used as a catalyst for social change. This was channelled through the global non-profit organisation, Africa Centre. While in Cape Town, she also served on the editorial team of Chimurenga.

Her writing has been published in several journals and magazines across the continent including Chimurenga, SlipNet and Commonwealth Writers where she served as a cultural correspondent for East and Southern Africa in 2015. Wanjiru is also the co-founder of The Book Bunk.

November 2, 2020 at 3:43 am Leave a comment

TBC Book Club – Virtual Meetup with Wanjiru Koinange (Author of The Havoc of Choice) & Hosted by Angela Wachuka, Sept. 12 2020

Date: September 12, 2020
Medium: Zoom

Registration Link

September 9, 2020 at 11:54 am Leave a comment

Writers’ Forum: Mbogi ya Mawriters, Jan. 25 2020 @ Alliance Française

Date: January 25, 2020
Venue: Médiathèque, Alliance Française
Time: 2 pm
Entrance: Free

Vincent de Paul is an Author/Freelance Writer, Editor and Publisher. He has published 11 books (two novels, three collections of flash fiction stories, and six poetry books). He has also been published in anthologies in Kenya and West Africa (Through the Journey of Hope by the Writers Guild Kenya and Black Communion: An Anthology of Poems by New Age African Poets in West Africa).

January 22, 2020 at 11:52 am Leave a comment

Book Launch: Crimes against Humanity in Kenya’s Post-2007 Conflicts by Charles Khamala, Nov. 5 2019 @ School of Law – UoN

Date: November 5, 2019
Venue: School of Law, University of Nairobi
Time: 5 pm

Dr. Charles Khamala, senior lecturer at Africa Nazarene University Law School, will present this must-read to understand Kenya’s post-2007 conflicts from a legal perspective.

This event is organized by IFRA in partnership with the School of Law – University of Nairobi.
For more information, kindly contact

November 1, 2019 at 11:07 am Leave a comment

KMS Annual Second Hand Book Sale, Sept. 6-7 2019 @ Nairobi National Museum – Main Courtyard (near the Snake Park)

Dates: Friday and Saturday, 6 – 7 September 2019
Venue: Nairobi National Museum, Main Courtyard (near the Snake Park)
Time: From 10.00 am – 4.00 pm on both days

It’s that time of the year again, when you get a chance to revamp your home library!

Big Sale With Great Bargains 2019 edition is here: Books, magazines, kids books, games, DVDs, CD’s… from as low as KES 50/-

Don’t miss out the best deal in town.

We are looking forward to seeing you, your family, friends and colleagues there.

Free Access to the event.

September 4, 2019 at 12:05 pm Leave a comment

Book Launch: Benga, a Kenyan Kaleidoscope (by the Flee Project), Sept. 4 2019 @ BIEA

Date: September 4, 2019
Venue: BIEA
Time: 2-4 pm

As the process of globalization and digitalization intensifies, previously confidential music genres are now experiencing a heightened level of visibility. Access to new audiences, however, can also present challenges for these often peripheral cultures, related to their re-interpretation and the ethical, economic and cultural difficulties associated with their diffusion. As a genre often looked down on by elites in Kenya, Benga does not escape this logic.

With new practices aimed at hybridizing and pushing the genre beyond its national borders, benga is facing multiple dilemmas. Digital music production tools have rendered the composition and recording of music open to a growing number of artists. Using traditional music and other local sounds, emerging artists are re-inventing traditional music and disrupting conventional definitions of national heritage.

On 4 September 2019, the British Institute in Eastern Africa in collaboration with the Rift Valley Institute, will launch the book, Benga, a Kenyan Kaleidoscope, by the Flee Project.

September 2, 2019 at 2:52 pm Leave a comment

Book Swap Kenya ft. Gillian Mutinda, Aug. 6 2019 @ Coffee Casa

Date: August 6, 2019
Venue: Coffee Casa
Time: from 6.30 pm

July 26, 2019 at 10:51 am Leave a comment

Amka Literature Forum, Jul. 27 2019 @ Goethe Institut Library

Date: July 27, 2019
Venue: Goethe Institut Library
Time: 10 am – 1 pm

Are you an upcoming writer looking for a place to network and share your work with other like-minded individuals? Then our literature forum is the place to be!

The monthly forum provides a platform for upcoming writers and literary critics to share and discuss stories, poems, and current literature trends with the aim of enhancing their creativity.

Interested participants may send their poems and short stories to amkaforum(@)

July 23, 2019 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

Pointzero Bookcafé Event: The Dragonfly Sea – A Novel by Yvonne Adhiambo Owour (Author of Dust), Jul. 20 2019 @ Pointzero Bookcafé

Date: July 20, 2019
Venue: Pointzero Bookcafé

July 18, 2019 at 11:28 am Leave a comment

Quinzaine de la Francophonie 2019 – Kenya, Mar. 12-28 2019 @ Various

Dates: March 12-28, 2019
Venues: Various

March 6, 2019 at 6:05 pm Leave a comment

The Dragonfly Sea Book Signing with Yvonne Owour, Mar. 1 2019 @ Prestige Bookshop

Date: March 1, 2019
Venue: Prestige Bookshop
Time: 5-7 pm

February 28, 2019 at 3:37 pm Leave a comment

Book Swap, Mar. 5 2019 @ Coffee Casa

Date: March 5, 2019
Venue: Coffee Casa
Time: from 6.30 pm

February 26, 2019 at 3:49 pm Leave a comment

Book Launch: ‘Those that Came Before Us’, by Kui Gitonga, Dec. 12 2018 @ National Museums of Kenya – Amphitheatre

Date: December 12, 2018
Venue: National Museums of Kenya – Amphitheatre
Time: 2-5 pm
Entry: Free

November 29, 2018 at 2:44 pm Leave a comment

Discussion: Afro-Futurism 2063, Nov. 1 2018 @ Goethe Institut – Auditorium

Date: November 1, 2018
Venue: Goethe Institut – Auditorium
Time: 6 pm

Join Tony Mochama, the author of the novel ‘2063 – Last Mile Bet’ in a discussion on the book’s legal themes: the outcomes of crime in a betting nation, automated legal systems in time to come, and the composition of state in a Post-Election War country.

October 30, 2018 at 6:44 pm Leave a comment

Book Launch: Pio Gama Pinto, Kenya’s Unsung Martyr – Edited by Shiraz Durrani, Oct. 16 2018 @ Kenya National Theatre – Ukumbi Mdogo

Date: October 16, 2018
Venue: Kenya National Theatre, Ukumbi Mdogo
Time: 5.30-7.30 pm
Entry: Free

September 27, 2018 at 3:05 pm Leave a comment

Book Launch: Performances of Injustice by Gabrielle Lynch, Oct. 3 2018 @ Pawa 254 Hub

Performances of Injustice by Gabrielle Lynch

Date: October 3, 2018
Venue: Pawa 254 Hub
Time: 6.30 pm

Find more information, here

September 27, 2018 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

Chinua Achebe Colloquium – Conversations about Achebe’s Literary Legacy, Sept. 28 2018 @ British Institute in Eastern Africa

Date: September 28, 2018
Venue: British Institute in Eastern Africa

Conversations about Achebe’s Literary Legacy
–Things Fall Apart: Achebe and Magnum Opus turns 60. ‘Remembering Achebe’s most celebrated work’
–The State of the African State: Politics of Achebe.
–Re-considering the Nobel Prize for Literature. Making the case for Chinua Achebe.
–Leadership, governance and responsibility in African Literature(An appraisal of Achebe, the thinker, essayist socio-cultural critic)

September 20, 2018 at 3:59 pm 1 comment

Great Bargains/Books: The KMS Annual Second Hand Book Sale, Sept. 7-8 2018 @ Nairobi National Museum, Main Courtyard

Dates: September 7-8, 2018
Venue: Nairobi National Museum, Main Courtyard
Time: from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm on both days

It’s that time of the Year again, when you get a chance to revamp your home library!

#BigSaleWithGreatBargains 2018 Edition is here: Books, magazines, kids books, games, DVDs, CD’s…from as low as Ksh 50

Don’t miss out the best deal in town.

September 3, 2018 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

Book Launch: Where Women Are – Gender and the 2017 Elections, Aug. 28 2018 @ Alliance Française

Date: August 28, 2018
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 4-6.30 pm
Entry: Free

August 17, 2018 at 1:49 pm Leave a comment

Book Launch: Afro Renaissance Vol. 1 + Poetry performances & Live Art, Aug. 10 2018 @ Alliance Française

Dates: August 10, 2018
Venue: Alliance Française

Live Art by Swift, Chela, BSQ, Kerosh & Native

August 10, 2018 at 11:37 am Leave a comment

Book Launch: Buying Time, Jul. 25 2018 @ British Institute in Eastern Africa – Kileleshwa

Date: July 25, 2018
Venue: British Institute in Eastern Africa, Kileleshwa
Time: From 5.30pm

In Buying Time, Thomas F. McDow synthesizes Indian Ocean, Middle Eastern, and East African studies as well as economic and social history to explain how, in the nineteenth century, credit, mobility, and kinship knit together a vast interconnected Indian Ocean region. That vibrant and enormously influential swath extended from the desert fringes of Arabia to Zanzibar and the Swahili coast and on to the Congo River watershed. In the half century before European colonization, Africans and Arabs from coasts and hinterlands used newfound sources of credit to seek out opportunities, establish new outposts in distant places, and maintain families in a rapidly changing economy. They used temporizing strategies to escape drought in Oman, join ivory caravans in the African interior, and build new settlements. The key to McDow’s analysis is a previously unstudied trove of Arabic business deeds that show complex variations on the financial transactions that underwrote the trade economy across the region. The documents list names, genealogies, statuses, and clan names of a wide variety of people — Africans, Indians, and Arabs; men and women; free and slave — who bought, sold, and mortgaged property. Through unprecedented use of these sources, McDow moves the historical analysis of the Indian Ocean beyond connected port cities to reveal the roles of previously invisible people.
THOMAS F. MCDOW is an assistant professor of history at Ohio State University. He teaches courses on the history of Africa, the Indian Ocean, and the world.

July 19, 2018 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

Authors and Books: Text Book Centre Book Club Turns 2! Jul. 14 2018 @ Sarit Centre, 1st Floor – Seminar Hall

Date: July 14, 2018
Venue: Sarit Centre, 1st Floor – Seminar Hall
Time: 10 am – 12 Noon

Ft. Yvonne Owuor, Niq Mhlongo, Zukiswa Wanner and Hawa Golakai

July 13, 2018 at 11:16 am Leave a comment

Open Public Forum and Publication Launch: Cha Kula, Jul. 11 2018 @ Alliance Française

Date: July 11, 2018
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 4.30-7 pm

July 5, 2018 at 9:40 am Leave a comment

Book Launch: Music and Dance in Eastern Africa by Kahithe Kiiru & Maina wa Mutonya, Jun. 27 2018 @ Alliance Francaise

Date: June 27, 2018
Venue: Alliance Française
Time: 6:30pm

Find more information, here.

June 21, 2018 at 11:46 am Leave a comment

Conversation with Prof. Masri Safwan (Author of ‘Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly’) on the Arab Spring, Jun. 25 2018 @ Columbia Global Center – Nairobi

Join Columbia Global Center | Nairobi for an evening conversation with renown Prof. Safwan Masri for his book talk cum launch over free cocktails

Date: June 25, 2018
Venue: Colombia Global Center, Nairobi
Location: Westcom Point, 8th Floor, Block A, Mahiga Mairu Avenue, Off Waiyaki Way – Westlands
Time: from 6-7:30 PM
Entry: Free

About Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly
The Arab Spring began and ended with Tunisia. In a region beset by brutal repression, humanitarian disasters, and civil war, Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution alone gave way to a peaceful transition to a functioning democracy. Within four short years, Tunisians passed a progressive constitution, held fair parliamentary elections, and ushered in the country’s first-ever democratically elected president. But did Tunisia simply avoid the misfortunes that befell its neighbors, or were there particular features that set the country apart and made it a special case?

In Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly, Safwan M. Masri explores the factors that have shaped the country’s exceptional experience. He traces Tunisia’s history of reform in the realms of education, religion, and women’s rights, arguing that the seeds for today’s relatively liberal and democratic society were planted as far back as the middle of the nineteenth century. Masri argues that Tunisia stands out not as a model that can be replicated in other Arab countries, but rather as an anomaly, as its history of reformism set it on a separate trajectory from the rest of the region.

About the Author
Professor Safwan M. Masri is Executive Vice President for Global Centers and Global Development at Columbia University. He holds a senior research scholar appointment at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). A scholar of the contemporary Arab world, Masri’s work focuses on understanding postcolonial dynamics among religion, education, society, and politics. His writings on education and current affairs have been featured in the Financial Times, Huffington Post, and Times Higher Education.

June 20, 2018 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

Science Café/Book Launch: Kenyan and Ethiopian Athletics, May 10 2018 @ Alliance Française Nairobi

Date: May 10, 2018
Venue: Alliance Française Nairobi
Time: 6 pm
Entry: Free

Launch of the book ‘Kenyan and Ethiopian Athletics – towards an alternative scientific approach’ by Benôit Gaudin and Bezabih Wolde.

Will the ‘secret’ of East African runners be revealed? Despite decades of research, no study has provided any sort of evidence that portrays biological otherness among populations in Kenya and Ethiopia which produces the best athletes in middle and long distance runners.

May 3, 2018 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

Book Launch: Dukawalla by Pheroze Nowrojee, May 3 2018 @ Goethe Institut – Nairobi

Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Time: 6 PM
Admission: free

Pheroze Nowrojee, born in Nairobi, is a leading human rights lawyer, a poet, and a writer, who over many decades has been an influential part of the political and social movements for constitutional and social change in Kenya.

Dukawalla is a collection of stories that takes readers on journeys into varied Kenyan, East African, and other landscapes, delving into lives and personalities equally diverse.

May 3, 2018 at 11:54 am Leave a comment

Kenyan-German Author Exchange: Nora Bossong & Yvonne Owuor, Mar. 16 2018 @ Goethe Institut – Nairobi

Date: March 16, 2018
Venue: Goethe Institut – Nairobi
Time: 6-8 pm
Entry: Free

Nora Bossong and Yvonne Owuor are both internationally acclaimed writers. Bossong’s works are available for in our e-library (free registration on our website: while Owuor’s can be borrowed from our physical library.

Nora Bossong is a German writer. She was the 2001 Fellow of the first Wolfenbüttel literature laboratory. She studied literature at the German Institute for Literature, as well as cultural studies, philosophy and comparative literature at the Humboldt University of Berlin, the University of Potsdam, and the Sapienza University of Rome. Her poetry and prose have been published in individual newspapers, anthologies and literary journals. In 2006, she published her debut novel.
Nora Bossong lives in Berlin and has written several fact and fiction books and won several numerous awards.
Source: Wikipedia.

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor is a Kenyan writer, who won the 2003 Caine Prize for African Writing for her story “Weight of Whispers”, which considers an aristocratic Rwandan refugee in Kenya. In 2004, she won the Woman of the year (Arts, Heritage category) for her contributions to the arts in Kenya. In September 2015, her critically acclaimed book Dust was not only shortlisted for the Folio Prize, but also won Kenya’s pre-eminent literary prize, the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature.

Born in Nairobi, Owuor studied English at Kenyatta University, before taking an MA in TV/Video development at Reading University. She obtained an MPhil, Creative Writing from the University of Queensland, Australia.
Source: Wikipedia.

Admission is free!

Find more information, here.

March 12, 2018 at 1:34 pm Leave a comment

Africa Nouveau Festival: Afro Bubble Gum, Feb. 2-4 2018 @ Ngong Racecourse Waterfront

Music x Culi ‘N’ Art x Fashion x Films x Installations X Food x Fashion Market x Live Lookbook x VR x Film stage –

Dates: February 2-4, 2018 (2 days, 2 nights)
Venue: Ngong Racecourse Waterfront
Tickets* : Festival Pass KES 3,500/- and Daily Pass KES 1,800/-

* NairobiNow and African Nouveau Festival have partnered up to offer limited festival pass tickets for KES 2,500/-.

When buying your tickets (here) use ‘NairobiNow‘ – one word – promo code and get yourself a festival pass for a bargain!

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January 26, 2018 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

Udada Festival Trust: Opening Night ~ Nov. 7 2017 @ Pawa 254 Hub

Date: November 7, 2017
Venue: Pawa 254 Hub
Time: from 5 pm

Join us on Tuesday, 7th November at PAWA254 from 5 pm for an an evening of Film, Books, Visual arts, Networking, Cocktail and Fun!

We have something for everyone.
Do you love the Arts: The Uweza Art Gallery will host an Visual arts exhibition by Kibera Kids.
Do you love books? Come buy books by African female authors.
Do you love films? We have a line- up of Udada’s winning films for the past three years.

Entry: Free

November 1, 2017 at 5:12 pm Leave a comment

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