The Nairobi International Book Fair is an annual festival that is organised by the Kenya Publishers Association. The book fair attracts many participants and visitors. It is an event that seeks to enhance a reading culture not only in Kenya but also in Africa at large. The idea is to enable the society communicate on issues and do so through books. As such, the book fair attracts all books, whether they are creative works or factual text. This serves as the reflection of the society from which the writers come. The Nairobi International Book Fair has lots of activities including workshops and seminars, book launches, children activities. Book debates and exhibitions, and a host of other activities.Literary Festivals in Kenya
What’s more, having been founded in 1996, Nairobi International Book Fair is still the longest-serving book fair in the eastern African region. During every book fair, there are many stands laid out by the people who populate the publishing industry in east Africa and the continent at large. The 2019 Nairobi International Book Fair took place between 26th and 29 September. The entry to every book fair is usually free to accommodate everyone who would want to join and learn about the pertinent issues.
The 21st edition of the Nairobi International Book Fair attracted more than 26000 participants from different countries including UAE, China, India, Pakistan, and the USA and so on. The Kenya Publishers Association is the host of the Nairobi International Book Fair. It is mandated with the spread of printed books throughout Kenya and beyond borders. The idea is to raise the profile of the publishing industry as well as promote the value of books for education, entertainment, personal development and the preservation of the cultural heritage of Kenya. Kenya Publishers Association also aims to strengthen the book industry in Kenya through information gathering and sharing, advocacy, training, and networking.
This year’s Nairobi International Book Fair attracted 17 local and 15 international exhibitors who are displaying their work. Among them were publishers, printers, government departments, embassies, and so many institutions. The Nairobi International Book Fair involves many organisations that deal with the publication of all manner of books. There are awards that are set to be received by various players whose contribution to the book fair is immeasurable. The contestants are shortlisted and win based on merit in all categories.
The Nairobi International Book Fair continues to attract international players and I living to the expectation of promoting a reading culture not only in Kenya but also beyond.