KWANI LITFEST here Again! August 1-15, 2008



Ideas. Words. Markets.

Following the success of 2006, Kwani Litfest (KLF) 2008 is set to bring an even brighter cast of literary icons and events to Kenya during the first two weeks of August for a world-class celebration of African stories. From literary safaris a la Hemmingway to sailboat excursions on the Indian Ocean, plus the usual dose of ‘Afropolitan’ workshops, dinners and symposiums in the teeming capital of Nairobi, KLF 2008 will harness all of this country’s vivid diversity. “Kenya has never been more relevant to global development than today,” notes Binyavanga Wainaina, founding editor of Kwani? magazine and contributor to Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Granta, and other notable publications. “For the best writers on the continent to gather in a setting that embodies Africa’s greatest hopes and deepest fears is an extraordinary opportunity.”

The 2008 faculty also includes Chimamanda Adichie, the Nigerian star whose novel Half of a Yellow Sun charmed the world and won the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction; Sierra Leone’s Ishmael Beah, whose book A Long Way Gone thrust the plight of child soldiers into western hearts and minds; plus many more prize-winning journalists, authors, influential editors and publishers from across the literary spectrum.

In addition to honing participants’ skills in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and journalism, this year’s litfest will be informed by the horrific post-election chaos from which Kenya recently emerged. The role of the written word in conflict situations will be examined by writers fresh from the field, their experiences and insights sure to electrify colleagues and participants alike.

This unique festival kicks off August 1 to 15, 2008. For updates on Kwani Litfest, visit or email [email protected]

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