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How Matiang’i won the battle to put books in the hands...

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When former Education Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang'i realised that corrupt booksellers and head teachers were pilfering money meant for the purchase of textbooks, he...

You can learn to dream again in spite of your failure

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Most of us must have, at one point or the other, gone through a particularly traumatic experience; an experience so painful that it leaves you...

Kenyan publishers: The weak link in Kenyan writing?

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Kenyan publishers: The weak link in Kenyan writing? A Paper presented at an international seminar on Historical Legacy and Contemporary Writing in the Commonwealth, held...

Book Fair: lessons learnt

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With this year’s Book Fair over and done with, there are a few things that organisers and the book industry in general need to...

Onduko bw’Atebe: Writing is a labour of love

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Despite the challenges facing the local writing industry, writer Onduko bw’Atebe prefers to see it as a half full glass rather than half empty....

Are these the top ten Kenyan books of all time?

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    Sometime back I compiled a list of what I thought we the top ten Kenyan books of all time. I actually did the project...

Soi, Chinese investors and the huge Kenyan debt

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  Michael Soi was at the immigration queue at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport when he saw a Chinese couple jump the queue to be...

What does Palin have against books?

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I must admit here that Sarah Palin, in spite of the awful things that have been said and written about her, pulled off quite...

Ngugi’s new book launched in Nairobi

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Kenya’s most celebrated author, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, was in town and there is no way I was going to miss the occasion of launching...

A Ngugi Nobel would really do us proud: Chakava

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Henry Chakava, the man who almost lost his finger for sticking out his neck for Ngugi wa Thiong’o, purrs with pride at the prospect...