Founding faculty set to launch fourth book

Founding faculty set to launch fourth book

Dr Peter Kimani, founding faculty at the Graduate School of Media and Communications at Aga Khan University is set to launch his fourth book, Nairobi Noir on January 30, 2020 at Alliance Francaise’s 2020 Night of Ideas.

The short story anthology comprises 14 new stories, all set in Nairobi, anchored by Ngugi wa Thiong’o, arguably one of the world’s best-known living writers. Other writers include Stanley Gazemba, Ngumi Kibera, Winfred Kiunga, Kinyanjui Kombani, Caroline Mose, Kevin Mwachiro, Wanjikũ wa Ngũgĩ, Faith Oneya (an MA Digital Journalism student), Makena Onjerika, Troy Onyango, J.E. Sibi-Okumu, and Rasna Warah.
“Nairobi Noir is an act of excavation, rediscovering the city’s ossified past and infusing life to preserve it for future generations,” said Dr Kimani. The book is already garnering praise, with CrimeReads listing it in Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020. It is scheduled for global release in London and New York on February 4, 2020.
Dr Kimani is a leading Kenyan journalist and the author of, most recently, Dance of the Jakaranda, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The novel was nominated for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in the US and long-listed for the inaugural Big Book Awards in the UK. He was Chair of the judging panel of the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing and has taught at Amherst College and the University of Houston.

Read Dr Kimani’s introduction:

Nairobi Noir is an act of excavation, rediscovering the city’s ossified past and infusing life to preserve it for future generations. It is also an act of celebration, reminding readers of the brilliance of the best-known writers to emerge from this part of the world, and heralding the birth of new writers whose gifts, we can safely predict, will shine brightly in the years ahead.

The oldest writer in this anthology is eighty-one, the youngest is only twenty-four; if there is any inference one can draw from this demographic it is that this anthology offers an entire spectrum of Kenyan writing: the past, present, and future. If we can allow one extravagant claim, a collection of this nature is unprecedented in Kenya’s literary history.

Although the range of issues explored in Nairobi Noir is as diverse as its contributors, it all gestures toward a common theme. In this concrete jungle, the hunters and herders live on. As do the hunted . . .

SOURCE: Akashic Books