The theme of Nairobi’s 17th international book fair this year is Catch the Reading Bug.
Events include book launches, workshops and seminars – one of the topics is how to get published – book clearance sales and the presentation of this year’s Wahome Mutahi prize for literature, which is awarded bi-annually.
A new category for the prize – for children’s fiction both in English in Kiswahili – has been added for the first time this year. The Wahome Mutahi prize for literature is given for the use of humour and satire to explore subjects such as human rights and good governance.
The festival is organised by the Kenya Publishers Association. The opening comes a few days after the first anniversary of the Westlands terrorist attack on 21 September 2013. At least 67 people were killed and nearly 200 injured in the four-day tragedy.
The festival takes place at the Sarit Centre Expo Hall, Westlands.
For more details see the Kenya Publishers Association website.