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Library Tours

Time: 10:00 AM

Experience NBOLitfest with an immersion tour of McMillan Memorial Library and it’s two branches. The tours will run throughout the festival, so book a spot and get to learn about these libraries’ history and all sorts of possible futures.

Storytime at Kaloleni Library

Orpah Agunda and Wangari the Storyteller

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

It’s storytime live from the Kaloleni library! Huddle the little ones and dive into a world of fantasy and animal tales with these two storytellers! Orpah Agunda kicks us off with a couple of songs; Napeleka barua kwa baba ikanipotelea njiani and Nyama nyama nyama! Wangari the storyteller will regale little bunkers with stories about trees and others about anatomy.

In Conversation

Last Dance in Kaloleni: Bettina Ng'weno and Njane Mugambi with Edith Kimani

Time: 12:20 PM - 1:00 PM

Two storytellers present a brief history of Kaloleni with a focus on its historical significance and its role in the political formation of Kenya. Stories are told through the lens of music, sports and politics. How did social amenities shape Kaloleni and Eastlands as a whole? Talk about making the film and the collaboration. 

Music Bunk

Featuring Karun

Time: 1:15 PM - 1:35 PM

Join us for an acoustic set with Karun, an alt. RnB musician from Nairobi who has captivated audiences since she was a teenager! Her current sound is a coalescence of RnB/soul with Afro-pop influences. She is best known for her song “Glow Up”, an uplifting, body-positive bop that foreshadows the sonic direction that Karun is taking in the “Catch A Vibe” EP. Karun’s music is raw and honest, weaving her life’s experiences into her music as she goes through them. Karun aims to inspire young artists to walk their own path and create timeless music. In 2019, she was named Forbes Africa 30 Under 30. She was also awarded as the Best R&B Artist at Cafe Ngoma award. Karun is an alumni of Berklee College of Music.

In Conversation

Palaces for The People: Eric Klinenberg and Dr. Wangui Kimari with Syokau Mutonga

Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Eric Klinenberg and Dr. Wangui Kimari explore the potential for libraries to shift into inclusive use in a time of shaky global realities. The speakers; an NYU Professor and an Anthropologist, present case studies from Kenya and the USA.

Fun fact: Our podcast, A Palace for The People, is inspired by Eric Klinenberg’s book, Palaces for The People. Listen to Dr. Kimari speak about the colonial history of Nairobi’s urban planning and how these segregated divisions endure in present-day Nairobi on episode 3, here.

In Conversation

Lauren Beukes with Wanjeri Gakuru

Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

GOALS: How I do it! In this conversation the award-winning and internationally best-selling South African author of The Shining Girls, Zoo City, and Afterland takes us through her journey getting published in 24 countries and having her work adapted for film and TV. The comics writer, screenwriter, journalist, and documentary maker shares her magic in this session so grab a coffee or cocktail and join us for this inspiring conversation!

In Conversation

Women's Wor(l)ds: Wanjiru Koinange with Wendy Kirk

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Book Bunk founder and author of 2020’s national bestselling debut, The Havoc of Choice, shares some of the responses she’s had to the novel, and reflects on the power of literature to connect and inspire people. This session is presented in collaboration with Glasgow Women’s Library and British Council.