Dr Kimani's most recent book, Dance of the Jakaranda was named as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Photo: Julian Manjahi
Dr Peter Kimani from Aga Khan University’s (AKU) Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) has been chosen to head the judges’ panel for the 2019 Caine Prize for African Writing which recognises the best original short stories from the continent.
Now in its 20th year, the Caine Prize has had a great impact on African writing with past winners and nominees including Nigeria’s Chimamanda Adichie and Hellon Habila, Kenya’s Binyavanga Wainaina and Yvonne Owuor, and Zambia’s Namwali Serpell.
Dr Kimani has worked as a columnist and journalist for over 20 years and has published two acclaimed novels. His most recent book, Dance of the Jakaranda, was named as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and was nominated for the 2018 Hurston-Wright Legacy Awards.
Judges for the prize are drawn from different fields from literature to media and academia with each sharing a close connection to literature in Africa. Five stories will be selected for the shortlist with the winner being announced in July 2019.
Dr Kimani, will be joined on the panel by Nigeria’s Sefi Atta, an author and playwright shortlisted for the 2006 Caine Prize, Margie Orford, who is known as the queen of South African crime-thriller writers, Olufemi Terry, a winner of the 2010 Caine Prize for his short story, Stickfighting Days, and Scott Taylor, professor and director of the African Studies Program at Georgetown University, USA.