Oprah Winfrey picks book by Kenyan author

One Day I Will Write About This Place’, the debut novel of award-winning Kenyan writer, Binyavanga Wainaina, has made the 2011 summer reading list of Oprah’s Book Club.

Renowned talk show hostess, Oprah Winfrey, established the book discussion club where a new book is read every week since 1996. Seventy books have so far been recommended by the club since its inception.

The 272-page-novel released this year by Graywolf Press was described on Oprah’s blog as “A boy’s joyous and politically uncertain childhood in Kenya, his travels around the globe as a full-grown man – and then all the way back to Kenya to learn about the meaning of home.”

Wainaina, a short story writer and founding editor of ‘Kwani?’ a literary magazine in East Africa, won the Caine Prize in 2002 with his story, ‘Discovering Home’.

The writer, who writes for ‘Vanity Fair’ and ‘The New York Times’, is a facilitator at the Farafina Trust Creative Writers’ Workshop driven by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The Kenyan was in town for this year’s edition which closed with a colourful ceremony on July 2 at Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The selection of Wainaina’s debut novel follows that of the Nigerian Jesuit priest, Uwem Akpan, whose collection of short stories, ‘Say You Are One of Them’, made Oprah’s reading list in 2009.

Like other books that have made the list, it is expected that the demand for ‘One Day I Will Write About This Place’ will skyrocket in the coming days.



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