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'Nairobi Noir' covers crime, mystery and more

It's touted as the first anthology in the Akashic Noir anthology series featuring an East African city

In Summary

• Each of the 14 stories is set in a different part of Nairobi 

• Together, they present a dazzling composite of Nairobians, showing us their city in the way only they can

Ann Wendot, main writer/editor 'Nairobi Noir' Peter Kimani and Maina Margaret
Ann Wendot, main writer/editor 'Nairobi Noir' Peter Kimani and Maina Margaret
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Alliance Française on Thursday hoisted the launch of 'Nairobi Noir'. This is an anthology of stories by 14 Kenyan authors about the dark side of Nairobi, the latest addition to the world-famous Akashic Noir anthology series.

Edited by Peter Kimani, it is the first anthology featuring an East African city. It contains crime stories with a twist. Rather than focus on the who-done-it, they create a fascinating canvass that illuminates the circumstances and contexts of the characters, whose lives intertwine in the events.

Each of the 14 stories is set in a different part of Nairobi. Together, they present a dazzling composite of Nairobians showing us their city in the way only they can. 

The launch and reception afterwards invited Nairobians to think about what it means to"Be Alive" in this city whose wealth, to quote Kimani, is really its people.

Writer John Sibi
Writer John Sibi
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Artist Dan Aceda and Nepurko Keiwua
Artist Dan Aceda and Nepurko Keiwua
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Author Kevin Mwachiro and Mshai Mwangola
Author Kevin Mwachiro and Mshai Mwangola
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Wanjiru Kihusa, writer Winnie Winnie Kiunga and Martha Kariuki
Wanjiru Kihusa, writer Winnie Winnie Kiunga and Martha Kariuki
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Author Faith Onea and Ogutu Muraya
Author Faith Onea and Ogutu Muraya
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Audience enjoys the Nairobi Noir summary
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