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Cosmos Book Club: London-Cape Town-Joburg with Author Zukiswa Wanner, Dec. 3 2016 @ Cosmos Coffee House
Featured book: London Cape Town Joburg by Zukiswa Wanner’s
The Cosmos Coffee House which was started a few months ago at the Highway Mall does some of the best food and drink in the Mombasa Road area. The management decided to make a home for the Nairobi reader by setting up the Cosmos Book Club which allows patrons to have a relaxed time as they read their favourite book. The club will feature a book every month and readers can get to meet the author and ask them questions about their motivations for their work. They can also get their copies of the books signed by the author.
After the first meet up featuring award winning author Ng’ang’a Mbugua’s Angels of the Wild published by One Planet Publishers, this month the book club feature Zukiswa Wanner’s London Cape Town Joburg. Wanner will be moderated by book blogger James Murua.
London Cape Town Joburg is the story not just of Germaine, Michael and their son Zuko and won the K Sello Duiker Prize in 2015. The book is published by South Africa’s Kwela and has a rating of 3.71 on Goodreads.
The event happens on December 3rd, 2016 and starts at 2pm and goes on for two hours. The entry is free but patrons are asked to buy from special offers that will be on offer on the day. They may also buy copies of the book.
Book Launch: Parliament of Owls – A Collection of Poems by Adipo Sidang’, Nov. 17 2016 @ Goethe Institut
A collection of Poems by Adipo Sidang’
Parliament of Owls, published under the Contact Zones Series established by the Goethe-Institut Kenya and Native Intelligence, is a collection of poems by Adipo Sidang’ one of the most talented Kenyan poets of his generation. In the words of Tony Mochama (writer), “Parliament of Owls heralds the arrival of a new emperor on the African poetry scene … and this emperor, Adipo Sidang’, is hooting the naked truth”.
– The collection of poems will be discussed by Dr. Tom Odhiambo (literary critic) and Khainga O’Okwemba (poet and journalist).
The Romance of the Great Outdoors
Reading in Unusual Spaces is a new literary series aimed at taking literary discourse and experiences to public spaces such as amusement parks, forests, markets and shopping centres. Each session is based on a specific theme.
In our third and final session in 2016, literature enthusiasts will engage with the public at Olepolos Country Lodge to experience “The Romance of the Great Outdoors”.
Curated by Tony Mochama
Pan-African writers’ collective, Jalada Africa shall host an evening of readings, conversation, and performances based on a fable, Ituĩka Rĩa Mũrũngarũ: Kana Kĩrĩa Gĩtũmaga Andũ Mathiĩ Marũngiĩ (The Upright Revolution: Or Why Humans Walk Upright) by the eminent author and scholar Prof. Ngugi wa Thiong’o.
The fable has been translated into 55 languages, making it the single most translated short story in the history of African writing.
The event will feature a two-part conversation between Jalada’s Managing Editor, Moses Kilolo, and Prof. Ngugi wa Thiong’o on identity, languages, translations, and the role of the writer in times of political upheaval.
Translators will share insights on the process and challenges of writing and translating in local languages in a digital world.
Dramatized multilingual readings will re-imagine the fable for the stage, as a way of celebrating the power of cultural diversity in imagining better worlds.
Music by Dempsey.
Unmasking the United Nation’s Culture of Cover-ups, Corruption and Impunity. By Rasna Warah.
In a world experiencing increasing conflicts, terrorism and displacement, many people are wondering what the United Nations – the organisation established in 1945 to save future generations from the scourge of war – should do or could have done to prevent the disasters from escalating.
UNsilenced shows that contrary to expectation, the UN has remained a bystander in many of the conflicts and most peace-building efforts have failed miserably. UNsilenced describes how whistleblowers have been denied justice within the UN system and how the immunity accorded to UN officials, combined with other malpractices within the organisation, allows injustice to flourish.
The book will be discussed by John Githongo, Billy Kahora, Kwamchetsi Makokha and the author Rasna Warah.
Conversations with African Writers: Khainga O’Okwemba in Conversation with Hilda Twongyeirwe & Elizabeth Kabui, Oct. 21 2016 @ Goethe-Institut Nairobi
Date: Friday, October 21 2016
Venue: Goethe-Institut Nairobi
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
In this session, Khainga O’Okwemba (President, PEN Kenya) will be in conversation with the founder of FEMRITE, Hilda Twongyeirwe and Kenya’s award-winning writer Elizabeth Kabui (winner of the Burt Award, 2014).