PETER KIMANI is a leading African writer of his generation. Born in 1971 in Kenya, he started his career as a journalist and has published several works of fiction and poetry. [Read More]


Thursday, March 1

Peter Kimani in joint reading and conversation with Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Smith College

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 Saturday, March 3

Peter Kimani in conversation with Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Amherst Lit Fest

Amherst College

Saturday, March 9:

Association of Writers and Writing Programs, Tampa, Florida

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

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

Wednesday, March 14: Waterstones, Tottenham Court

Thursday, March 15: Daunts Bookstore

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

Tuesday, April 17: University of Houston

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 12.00pm-1:00pm Miami Book Fair

Laleh Khadivi’s timely coming-of-age novel, A Good Country, tracks the progression of a fourteen-year-old son of Iranian immigrants from straight-A student, to happy-go-lucky stoner, to religious radical. Set across a backdrop of refugee migration that spans Africa, America and Australia, Harriet Levin Milan‘s How Fast Can You Run is the inspiring story of Michael Majok Kuch and his journey to find his mother. Set in the shadow of Kenya’s independence from Great Britain, Peter Kimani‘s Dance of the Jakaranda reimagines the special circumstances that brought black, brown and white men together to lay the railroad that heralded the birth of the nation.​​ Read More

September 13, 2017 at 8.00pm Amherst 

The Amherst Reading Series for Fall 2017 will be inaugurated by Peter Kimani, the Visiting Writer at Amherst College. For more details, Read More:

September 17, 2017 at 11.00am  Brooklyn Book Festival:

The Far Reaches of Empire: Religion, Rebels, and Railroads: From the Kenyan highlands to rural Madagascar and the far northeast of India, the European imperial project was extended in great part through missionary zeal, train lines, and terror. Peter Kimani (Dance of the Jakaranda), Naivo (Beyond the Rice Fields), and Avinuo Kire (The Power to Forgive) investigate the reverberations of these encounters and their lasting toll on ordinary lives. Moderated by Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf, Director of Public Programs at PEN AmericaRead more:

June 14, 2017: Yale University:

A roundtable titled, Peter Kimani’s Historical Fictions, was hosted by Dan Magaziner from Yale’s History Department at the African Literature Association 2017 conference. Other panellists included Tomi Adeaga from the University of Vienna and Grace Musila from Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

June 11, 2017: Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Festival:

Peter Kimani was one of the featured authors at the recent Chicago Tribune Printers Row Book Festival in Chicago. He read from his Dance of the Jakaranda and featured in a panel Fiction: From the Edge of the World moderated by the Chicago Tribune Editorial board member Lara Weber.

May 4, 2017: PEN World Voices—New York

Peter Kimani appeared in a panel discussion Identity in the Age of Globalization: An African Diasporic Perspective, which explored how African writers on the global stage navigate challenges such as audiences from their countries, continents, and internationally.

April 28-30, 2017: Bocas Lit Fest, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Peter Kimani was one of the international writers featured in the Bocas programme. He appeared in a panel on freedom of the press and a one-on-one interview with his publisher, Johnny Temple. The interview clip is available here.

February 22, 2017: Brooklyn Public Library

In this launch event, Peter Kimani gave a maiden reading of Dance of the Jakaranda alongside his teacher, mentor and friend, Ngugi wa Thiong’o. it was moderated by Andy Tepper from Vanity Fair. The launch is available here.