Already this year, we’ve taken a trip to 10 different cities and our journey around the world is far from over! This month let’s explore all that Nairobi has to offer.
No longer just a hub for safari tourism, Kenya’s capital city boasts a vibrant cultural scene encompassing music, film, art and literature. While many of the best-known books set here were written by Europeans during times of British colonization, Kenya has a long storytelling tradition of its own. Today, important Kenyan authors are increasingly making their voices heard around the globe.
HOW TO GET THERE
Benga Blast!, Daniel Owino Misiani and Shirati Band • Born Free • Coming to Birth, Marjorie Oludhe Macgoye • The Constant Gardener • Dreams From My Father, Barack Obama • En Mana Kuoyo, Ayub Ogada • The Flame Trees of Thika, Elspeth Huxley • A Grain of Wheat, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o • Mama Africa, Suzzana Owiyo • Nairobi Half Life • One Day I Will Write About This Place, Kenneth Binyavanga Wainaina • Out of Africa, Isak Dinesen • Unbowed, Wangari Maathai • Unbwogable, Gidi Gidi Maji Maji
DID YOU KNOW?
- Karen Blixen, who wrote Out of Africa under the pen name Isak Dinesen, was a Danish author who lived near Nairobi and operated a coffee plantation there from 1913 to 1931. Her former home now houses the Karen Blixen Museum.
- Out of Africa was selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best nonfiction books of all time.
- Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s Weep Not, Child (1964) was the first novel by an East African to be published in English. His In the House of the Interpreter was a 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist.
- Kenyan author Kenneth Binyavanga Wainaina, born in 1971, was listed in the 2014 “Time 100,” Time magazine’s list of the world’s most influential people.
If you don’t want to miss a stop on this journey, join the Half Price Books Booklovers Survey Club and we’ll send you an email each month with a new city alongside a quick survey. Plus, you’ll receive coupons to save throughout the year when you travel to your favorite Half Price Books.