• The World’s First Launch of The Dragonfly Sea; An Event to Remember

    Last Friday, on the first of March, 2019, Yvonne Adhiambo Owour launched her second book, The Dragonfly Sea, for the first time ever in the entire world. She honoured us by launching it at Prestige bookshop with an open audience and a mini panel discussion. Nairobi was not prepared for the explosive event that took
  • The Dragonfly Sea by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor   This Friday (1st March) Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor will launch her second novel, The Dragonfly Sea at Prestige Bookshop. A befitting homecoming to a Kenyan literary star, this will be the first launch of the book anywhere in the world. The event will take place between 5 and
  • Kenya’s 100 Bestsellers in 2018

    The top 100 Bestsellers in Kenya of 2018 2018 has been a good year for Kenyan readers and writers. With new local works like Biko Zulu’s “Drunk,” and Sunny Bindra’s “The Bigger Deal” and new international works like Michelle Obama’s long coveted Becoming and Robert Green’s Laws of Human nature, the list below shares Kenyan’s
  • Man-Booker Prize 2018: Best Picks

    The Man-Booker 2018 An award that celebrates the finest fiction has to offer. The Oscars for literature if you may. Tuxedos, fancy venue, and royalty make up the Man Booker Prize evening each year. This award has the power to set the spotlight on astonishingly underrated authors. I probably would not have found authors like
  • Tsitsi Dangarembga: Coming Full Circle by Zukiswa Wanner

    Title: This Mournable Body Author: Tsitsi Dangarembga Publisher: Graywolf Press Reviewed by: Zukiswa Wanner Pages: 284 Cost: 1,650   In the early hours of Sunday morning, at 0246hrs to be precise, I sent a WhatsApp text to a bookish friend who often shares the same taste with me in literature: I’m on p57 of This
  • Zukiswa Wanner’s Review of House of Stone: A Nation’s Open Secret Told in Fiction

    A Nation’s Open Secret Told in Fiction Title: House of Stone Author: Novuyo Rosa Tshuma Publisher: Atlantic Books Cost: 1850/   I am a man on a mission. A vocation, call it, to remake the past, and a wish to fashion all that has been into being and becoming. So says Novuyo Rosa Tshuma’s protagonist
  • Matatu Reading: Books to Read When you are Stuck in Traffic

    Rush hour traffic can be an annoying inconvenience after a long day. Can you imagine how long we spend in a matatu in a week? Six to ten whole Hours! However, a good book can go a long way in easing your impatience and help you catch up on your reading. We have compiled ten
  • How Lola Shoneyin, Abubakar Ibrahim, Ayobami Adebayo, Elnathan John Stormed Prestige Bookshop

    In the past decade, African writing has gone through a Renaissance. More than ever, African literary voices are being read all over the world. This growth has been spurred in part by readers across the continent who want stories about themselves reflected in fiction that is current while not ignoring history. Prestige Bookshop in Nairobi
  • Kenya’s Top 2017 Reads

    1. The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin  (KES 1,350) To the dismay of her ambitious mother, Bolanle marries into a polygamous family, where she is the fourth wife of a rich, rotund patriarch, Baba Segi. She is a graduate and therefore a great prize, but even graduates must produce children and her
  • Turtles All the Way Down: A Review

    Title: Turtles All the Way Down Author: John Green ISBN: 9780241335437 Page count: 304 Pages Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers     John Green‘s 2012 novel ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ was a runaway bestseller that spawned a critically acclaimed movie of the same name. His books have resonated with young readers worldwide not
  • I’m Judging You: A Review

    Title: I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual Author: Luvvie Ajayi ISBN: 9781627796064 Page count: 256 Pages Publisher:  Holt Paperbacks   Luvvie Ajayi has been a popular blogger writing about topical issues in society. Her latest book is a commentary on the plethora of social issues that confound almost everyone that has to navigate both social
  • Soft Magic: A Review

    Title: Soft Magic Author: Upile Chisala ISBN: 9781516967889 Page count: 122 Pages Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform   Upile Chisala is a Malawian poet whose debut collection although slim, covers expansive issues in new and innovative ways. Her poetry explores self, her black identity, womanhood, the experience of the black immigrant, coming to terms with