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The 20th edition of the Nairobi International Book Fair (NIBF) starts on Wednesday, September 27 at the Sarit Centre, Westlands. The official opening ceremony will take place on Thursday, September 28, with Nairobi governor Mike Sonko as invited Chief Guest. NIBF is organized by the Kenya Publishers Association (KPA).

NIBF presents book lovers with an opportunity to buy the latest books at generously discounted prices. Booksellers, librarians also get a chance to replenish their stocks. Book lovers also get a chance to interact with their favourite authors who will be on standby to market their books.

Among the events lined up by KPA at the Fair include stimulating discussions by writers, editors and other publishing industry stakeholders. There will also be book launches where book lovers will get the rare opportunity to have their books autographed by authors.

Among the books to signed include Riding on a Tiger an autobiography of former VP Moody Awori. The book is published by Moran publishers. Controversial cleric Rev Timothy Njoya, will also be on hand to sign his memoirs We the People, published by WordAlive Publishers.

Ekitabu will be unveiling winners of the Digital Essay competition, which is in fifth season. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 27.

Kenya Literature Bureau will be sponsoring various children’s activities on Saturday September 30 at Westlands Primary School. The events includes, debates, poetry composition writing and teachers’ seminar. Winners will also be awarded with various prizes.

The highlight of the Book Fair will be the awarding of the Text Book Centre Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature. This is Kenya’s most prestigious literary award that is given out on a bi-annual basis by KPA.

The following are nominees for the Prize as announced by KPA

Text Book Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature short listed books- 2017

English Adult Category

  • The Whistleblower by Samuel Wachira – Published by Longhorn Publishers
  • The Elephant Dance by H. Ole Kulet – Published by Longhorn Publishers

Kiswahili Adult Category

  • Majira ya Utasa by Timothy Arege- Published by Spotlight Publishers
  • Mashetani Wa Alepo by Tom Olali Published by Jomo Kenyatta Foundation
  • Kigodo Cha Simanzi Na Hadithi Zingine by Jeff Mandila Published by Jomo Kenyatta Foundation

English Youth Category

  • Ghost and Fortune Hunters by Goro Wa Kamau- Published by longhorn Publishers
  • The Wind Under His Wings by Erick Luvumbazi- Published by Story Moja Publishers
  • The Dreamer by Imali J. AbalaPublished by Nsemia Inc Publisher

Kiswahili Youth Category

  • Adhabu Ya Mahaba by Peter Juma- Published by Longhorn Publishers
  • Zaidi Ya Mipaka by Jeff Mandila – Published by Jomo Kenyatta Fooundation
  • Majilio Ya Mkombozi by Mwenda Mbatiah – Published by Moran Publishers Ltd

English Children Category

  • Koko Riko by Muthoni Muchemi- Published by Story Moja Africa
  • Joe’s Amazing Friends by Winnie Thuku – Published by Longhorn Publishers
  • Two Huts on Two Hills by Charles Gecaga- Published by Kenya Literature Bureau.

2015 winners were:

  • Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor- Published by Kwani
  • Pendo la karaha by John Habwe- Published by Moran Publishers E.A Ltd.

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