Peter Kimani is an award-winning Kenyan author and journalist. He works in fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays. His latest novel, Dance of the Jakaranda, is a New York Times Editors’ Choice.

Writing in the Times, critic Fiametta Rocco remarked: “I grew up in Kenya, and I have never read a novel about my own country that’s so funny, so perceptive, so subversive and so sly.”,..Read more

dance of the jakaranda

Dance of the Jakaranda is an epic tale that re-imagines the rise and fall of colonialism in Kenya at the turn of the last century ..Read more


September 13, 2017 at 8.00pm Amherst 

The Amherst Reading Series for Fall 2017 will be inaugurated by Peter Kimani, the Visiting Writer at Amherst College. 

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September 17, 2017 at 11.00am  Brooklyn Book Festival:

The Far Reaches of Empire: Religion, Rebels, and Railroads: From the Kenyan highlands to rural Madagascar and the far northeast of India, the European imperial project was extended in great part through missionary zeal, train lines, and terror. Peter Kimani (Dance of the Jakaranda), Naivo (Beyond the Rice Fields), and Avinuo Kire (The Power to Forgive) investigate the reverberations of these encounters and their lasting toll on ordinary lives. Moderated by Clarisse Rosaz SAhariyf, Director of Public Programs at PEN America. Read more:

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