Bookshelf: Oprah’s Book Club goes Kenyan

by Sola Fasasi

Kenyan author Binyavanga Wainiana’s memoir ‘One Day I Will Write About This Place’, has just received the ‘Oprah touch’! The renowned American talk show host recently listed the novel in her book club’s Summer 2011 reading list. Books which have made it into Oprah’s Book Club reading list usually go on to experience a phenomenal increase in sales.

Two years ago, ‘Say You Are One of Them’, a collection of short stories by Nigerian priest and author, Uwem Akpan, made Oprah’s reading list. The selection of the Graywolf Press published ‘One Day I Will Write About This Place’ came just a day before the book received a sour review from The Economist.

Wainaina, who writes for ‘Vanity Fair’ and the ‘New York Times’, won the Caine Prize in 2002. He is a facilitator at the annual Farafina Trust Creative Writers’ Workshop in Nigeria, and  the founder of East African literary magazine, Kwani?’

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