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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 Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. He is Nonfiction 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 Curator at 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 work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. 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 has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. 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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