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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

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