Kenya Publishers Association
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Kenya Publishers' Association is the umbrella body for book publishers in Kenya. This Association encourages the widest possible spread of printed books throughout Kenya and beyond. Apart from promoting and protecting by all lawful means the interests of the publishing industry in Kenya, the Association also seeks to protect its members by dealing collectively with problems which can best be so dealt with. Read more

Wahome Mutahi Literary Award Winners 2014

 

  1. Novels/Short Stories/Poetry in Kiswahili – Children Category

i.                    Kiswahili Gani? – Lillian Wairimu (Kenya Literature Bureau)

A well-written, well-illustrated and simply told story that enriches a Kenyan child’s understanding of ethnic and cultural diversity from an early age. A complex topic introduced in a most accessible language, style and tone.

 

  1. Novels/Short Stories/Poetry in English – Children Category

i.                    Kuti Makes a Difference – Charles M Gecaga (Kenya Literature Bureau)

What does friendship mean today? How does one make and retain genuine friends? These are questions children may not ask but are confronted with, especially in an alienating world with fewer people to trust. Gecaga’s story answers some of these questions and offers lessons on sympathy and kindness to young people in an arresting and appropriate language.

 

  1. Novels/Short Stories/Poetry in Kiswahili – Adult Category

i.                    Upepo wa Mvua – Jeff Mandila (Jomo Kenyatta Foundation)

In one sweep Jeff Mandila is able to slice through the society, recounting the evil consequences of corruption, especially on the youth. But what is more striking about this play is the playwright’s call on the long-suffering people to rise up against corruption and dictatorship. This is a play with a very bold message in a society where deference to authority, even where such authority is immoral, is preferred to resistance.

 

  1. Novels/Short Stories/Poetry in English – Adult Category;

i.                    The Last Word – Yusuf K Dawood (Longhorn Publishers)

Yusuf Dawood is unequaled in Kenya in the manner in which he marries the context, content and language of his stories. The hospital/medical settings in this collection of stories combined with the diversity of topics – tribalism, desperation, illness, death etc – and the irony hanging on the edges of the stories will always keep a reader entertained, informed and asking for more. 

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