We are excited to host the talented Wanjiru Koinange for a discussion about her recent book, The Havoc of Choice. Wanjiru will share details about her creative process, read an excerpt of the book, and offer insight about her journey so far. This intimate and informal gathering will be a chance to get your copy of the book signed, ask questions during a short Q&A session, and learn more about this incredibly moving novel.
The Havoc of Choice is a story about family, politics, and journeying through a fractured country in a delicate time. Long-held captive by her father’s shadow of corruption, Kavata has spent her life suffocated by political machinations. When her husband decides to run in the next election, these shadows threaten to consume her home. Unable to bear this darkness, Kavata plots to escape. As her family falls apart, so too does the country. In the wake of Kenya‘s post-election turmoil, Kavata and her family must find their way back to each other across a landscape of nationwide confusion, desperation and heart-rending loss.
About the author: Wanjiru Koinange is a writer, restorer of libraries and entrepreneur from Nairobi, Kenya. Her debut novel, The Havoc of Choice was published in London and Nairobi in 2019 and 2020 respectively and is currently a national bestseller. It is upcoming in Arabic in October 2022. The novel, which chronicles events surrounding Kenya’s 2007 general election, has been described as “one of the best accounts of the new Africa in years.”
Wanjiru is also a director at Bunk Books, an imprint of Book Bunk Limited which is the commercial arm of Book Bunk Trust. The young imprint has published The Havoc of Choice and Lupita Nyongo’s SULWE across East Africa. Wanjiru attained a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Literature from Nairobi’s United States International University in 2008, after which she worked as a talent manager for some of East Africa’s most renowned artists and musicians – then as a festival and events manager. She then later pursued a Masters in Creative Writing from the University in Cape Town and during this time she also worked to explore how art may be used as a catalyst for social change.
Book Sale: The book will be available for purchase after the event, or arrange to have your copy delivered by purchasing here.
Price: 1,500/- per person, includes a welcome drink. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to Book Bunk.
Location: This event will be held at Acacia House, here is a pin to our location: Google Maps. We are located on Farasi Lane, just off Ngecha Road and behind Kabete Junior Academy.
Due to COVID19 restrictions and social distancing, events will be limited to a maximum of 30 students, and seating outside, weather depending.