The day after the Book Fair ends, Afrika 2010 and Karavan will together with Södra Teatern host an event at Södra Teatern. Nuruddin Farah and Monica Arac de Nyeko will participate, as well as Sefi Atta and Doreen Baingana. They will discuss stories about war and love.
On the same evening 10-TAL, an independent magazine of literature, fine arts and contemporary debate, organizes an event in connection with the launch of their new issue ‘Kenya, Mon amour’. Afrika 2010 is the co-organiser together with ABF and the Swedish Institute.
Billy Kahora, Wambui Mwangi, Shailja Patel and Binyavanga Wainaina, the forefront of the new generation of Kenyan writers, will appear at the event at Teaterstudio Lederman.
Nuruddin Farah is by many regarded as one of the most influential contemporary African authors. He is living in exile since many years, but continues to constantly write about Somalia, his beloved home country.
Sefi Atta is an acclaimed author from Nigeria. She will be given the prestigious Noma Award 2009 at the opening ceremony of the Göteborg Book Fair.
Doreen Baingana and Monica Arac de Nyeko belong to a group of young Ugandan authors who are presently putting their country on the literary map. Doreen Baingana’s breakthrough came with the novel Tropical fish: Tales from Entebbe and Monica Arac de Nyeko won the Caine-prize 2007 for her short story ‘Jambula Tree’.
The project Afrika 2010 was initiated by the Nordic Africa Institute and it coordinates the Book Fair’s focus on Africa.
The Nordic Africa Institute (Nordiska Afrikainstitutet) is a centre in the Nordic region for research, documentation and information on modern Africa. Based in Uppsala, Sweden, the institute is dedicated to providing timely, critical and alternative research on and analysis of Africa in the Nordic countries, and to cooperate between African and Nordic researchers. As a hub and a meeting place in the Nordic region for a growing field of research and analysis, the institute strives to place knowledge of African issues within the reach of scholars, policymakers, politicians, media, students and the general public. The institute is jointly financed by the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden).