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Billy Kahora.

Billy Kahora, editor of Kwani? and creative writing lecturer at the University of Bristol, will have his short story collection launched at Huza Press and Goethe-Institut’s KigaliLit event on 14 June. Published by Huza Press, The Cape Cod Bicycle War and Other Stories comes with blurbs by Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Muthoni Garland, and Namwali Serpell, who calls it “a wondrous collection” exploring “a millenial Kenya we’ve never seen in fiction before.”

Among the book’s eleven stories, set across Kenya, South Africa, and the US, is “The Gorilla’s Apprentice,” a finalist for the 2014 Caine Prize. An earlier story of his, “Urban Zoning,” was also a finalist for the prize in 2012.

Billy Kahora’s fiction and creative non-fiction have appeared in Chimurenga, McSweeney’s, Granta Online, Internazionale, Vanity Fair and Kwani?. He has written a non-fiction novella titled The True Story Of David Munyakei. He wrote the screenplay for Soul Boy and co-wrote Nairobi Half Life which won the Kalasha awards. As Managing Editor of Kwani Trust he edited 7 issues of the Kwani journal and other Kwani publications including Nairobi 24 and Kenya Burning. He is also a Contributing Editor with the Chimurenga Chronic. He has been Kwani Litfest Curator since 2008.

Here are details.

Date: Friday, 14 June 2019

Venue: Innovation Village, Kigali, Rwanda

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Congratulations to Billy Kahora.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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