AUTHOR'S  PROFILE

Peter Kimani is an award-winning Kenyan author and journalist. He works in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays. His latest novel, Dance of the Jakaranda, is a New York Times Editors’ Choice.

Writing in the Times, critic Fiametta Rocco remarked: “I grew up in Kenya, and I have never read a novel about my own country that’s so funny, so perceptive, so subversive and so sly.”

Kimani’s previous work includes, Before The Rooster Crows and the children’s novel, Upside Down, for which he was awarded ...Read more

dance of the jakaranda

Dance of the Jakaranda is an epic tale that re-imagines the rise and fall of colonialism in Kenya at the turn of the last century ..Read more

UPCOMING EVENTS 

Friday, February 22  7-8pm

BBC World Book Club at University of Nairobi Bookshop.

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Monday, February 25 6-8pm 

Public reading, Goethe Institute.

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Wednesday, February 26 6-8pm 

Goethe Institute workshop.

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Saturday, March 9, 10 - 12pm

Text Book Centre Book Club, Kenya National Theatre.

http://blog.textbookcentre.com/dance-of-jakaranda-february-book-of-the-month/?fbclid=IwAR1qH_D-XAO-cx3P3XC2MvpoEDkmzs5w7U1deei8mNqTM6hQ07l0my2do7k


 

NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR  

Saqi’s fiction imprint Telegram returns this year with the resounding literary triumph Dance of the Jakaranda, a powerful novel that explores colonial legacy in Kenya. We’re delighted to announce that Peter Kimani will be making a rare trip to the UK this March to discuss his new book at a number of events. It’s 1963 and Kenya is on the verge of independence from British colonial rule. In the Great Rift Valley, Kenyans of all backgrounds come together in the previously white-only establishment of the Jakaranda Hotel. The resident musician is Rajan Salim, who charms visitors with songs inspired by his grandfather’s noble stories of the railway construction that spawned the Kenya they now know....

RECENT EVENTS 

Monday, March 12: London School of Economics, University of London

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dance-of-the-jakaranda-peter-kimani-in-conversation-tickets-42631527045

Tuesday, March 13: School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London 

https://www.soas.ac.uk/cas/events/13mar2018-dance-of-the-jakaranda-book-discussion-with-peter-kimani.html

Wednesday, March 14: Waterstones, Tottenham Court

https://www.waterstones.com/events/peter-kimani-in-conversation-with-fiammetta-rocco/london-tottenham-court-road

Thursday, March 15: Daunts Bookstore

https://www.dauntbooks.co.uk/product/peter-kimani

Thursday, March 22, 12.00-2pm

City University of New York, Department of English

Thursday, March 22, 5-7pm

Columbia University, Institute of African Studies

http://www.ias.columbia.edu/event/african-muckraking

Tuesday, April 17: University of Houston

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