by Beverly Ochieng’    I found it interesting that the excerpt in Brittle Paper chosen to announce the release of Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s debut was a sex scene, a provocative one at that. The scene plays out the predictability of sex between a married couple, how a wife becomes familiar with her husband’s rhythms to […]

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hen theMagunga Bookstore – Kenya’s online shop for African reads- first came up online, Of Goats and Poisoned Oranges author, Ciku Kimeria, termed it as the “African version of Amazon.” Budding writer, Troy Onyango, noted excitedly that it would no longer be “so difficult finding African literature” and a good number of us, literary enthusiasts, […]

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Consider this; “despite our wheel, our plasma tablet and our tweets about the wrongs of those who rule, well, what of concrete-crumb Nairobi when these craters fire, the ground’s hot guts eviscerate, the next erratic earthquake comes?” – Elementeita and the End of Kenyan Time, Stephen Derwent Partington Perhaps the most anticipated literary event in […]

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When the announcement was made for last year’s Caine Prize nominations, it was explicit about ‘looking for the next NoViolet Bulawayo.’  Bulawayo won the prize in 2011 for her short story Hitting Budapest, which is the opening chapter for her Man Booker-shortlisted debut novel We Need New Names. In the announcement, her achievement was termed […]

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‘Blood speaks,’ the matriarch Bweeza tells her brother Kanani Kintu, reflecting on his futile attempts to break away from family bonds and the past. As each of the characters in Makumbi’s novel seek out or run away from their past, they become fortified in their (hi)stories. In doing so, Kintu examines the importance of story […]

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In the acknowledgements for her debut novel, Dust, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, concludes by saying: “Finally, thank you Kenya – my canvas, haunting, rage, passion, song, impulse, yearning love, frustration and inspiration, and your fierce, fun and fascinating peoples, who laugh at themselves, and muddle hard towards a goal they ache for. To “disappeared” Kenyans, the […]

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