ISBN 9789966561848
Pages 318
Dimensions 210 x 148 mm
Published 2016
Publisher East African Educational Publishers, Kenya
Format Paperback

Coming of Age

Strides in African Publishing Essays in Honour of Dr Henry Chakava at 70

edited by Kiarie Kamau, Kirimi Mitambo

The sixteen chapters in this book form a Festschrift in honour of Henry Chakava, the distinguished Kenyan publisher. With a Forward by Tanzanian publisher Walter Bgoya , his long-time collaborator in furthering the causes of independent African publishing, the topics cover the full range of issues in which he has been central over more than forty years. His notable achievements include the first local buy-out of a British multinational publishing house, being one of the founders of African Books Collective and the African Publishers' Network, and participation in international counsels such as the Bellagio Publishing Network. Amongst the contributors are prominent Kenyan authors Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Simon Gikandi and Micere Githae Mugo; Kenyan colleagues from the book trade world; close collaborators in Uganda and Nigeria, and some international colleagues. The greatest range of the contributors are from within Africa. There are subject specific chapters on such issues as training, copyright, publishing in the digital age, and an overview of publishing at Codesria including the vexed issue of marginalisation of African language publishing.

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About the Editor

Kiarie Kamau

Kiarie Kamau is the Chief Executive Officer of East African Educational Publishers (EAEP). He has presented Papers on Publishing and Literature in local and international forums, some of which have been published in books and journals.