ISBN 9789966983602
Pages 293
Dimensions 229 x 152 mm
Illustrations B/W Illustrations
Published 2003
Publisher Kwani Trust, Kenya
Format Paperback

Kwani? 01

edited by Binyavanga Wainaina

Kwani? is arguably Africa’s most exciting and varied literary initiative of recent years. Describing itself as ‘a magazine of ideas, [that] seeks to entertain, provoke and create’, Kwani? commissions and publishes stories, poetry, art and photography ‘from all around the African continent and the diaspora’. Rejecting artificial divisions of high and low art and literary snobbery, it is dedicated to the flourishing of literature in Kenya and the of African cultural values. Kwami? 01 is widely available outside Africa for the first time.

The volume features the writings of numerous prize-winners. It includes the short story, ‘The Weight of Whispers’, by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, which won The Caine Prize for African Writing in 2003. Yvonne Owuor is also a screenplay writer, and Executive Director of the Zanzibar International Film Festival. Other contributions are from Parsilelo Kantai, who was short-listed for the Caine Prize in 2004; drawings from Gaddo, one of East Africa’s foremost political cartoonists; photographs from the photo-journalist Marion Kaplan; and interviews with ‘ghetto youths’ conducted by the editor.

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About the Editor

Binyavanga Wainaina

Binyavanga Wainaina won the Caine Prize in 2002 for his short story “Discovering Home” and famously used his prize money to set up the literary journal Kwani? in Kenya now in its fifth issue.  He writes a weekly column for the Mail and Guardian in South Africa and his writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Granta and National Geographic.  He is the newly appointed Director of the Chinua Achebe Centre for African Literature and Languages at Bard College, New York and is completing his first novel.

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