Kwani? to launch Farah’s book


A book on terrorism is set to be launched in Kenya early next month, during the fifth edition of the Kwani? Litfest in Nairobi from December 1 to 6. Kwani? Trust will unveil the East African edition of Hiding in Plain Sight, a novel by renowned Somalia writer, Nuruddin Farah at the Trust’s biennial literary jamboree.

The book was first published in 2014 by Riverhead Books, USA. It is about a Kenyan UN worker killed in a terrorist bomb attack in Mogadishu.

The Kwani? Litfest will feature readings, performances, and discussions on issues of language. The Trust will also launch its eighth issue of the Kwani? Journal that comprises various literary works.

The Trust will announce winners of the inaugural Mabati-Cornell prize for Kiswahili Literature. The award is organised in conjunction with Mabati Rolling Mills.

Several top writers and scholars from Africa are lined up for the week-long event. Its theme is ‘Beyond the Map of English: Writers in Conversation on Language.’

The theme, according to a statement by Kwani? Trust, arose from the realization that there were issues surrounding relationships between “Western-oriented creative writing, dominance of English language publishing in up-country and use of Kiswahili at the Coast.”

Some of the notable writers who will grace the festival include Nuruddin Farah, Kenyan author, Yvonne Owuor, Senegalese writer Boubacar Diop, South Africa’s Siphiwo Mahala, Tanzania’s Aldin Mutembei and Nigerian/Ghanaian writer Taiye Selasi, among others.