What a difference a week can make. Two Saturdays ago, Nairobi witnessed the most heinous terrorist attack ever seen in our fair city; but this past weekend, Westlands was abuzz with brilliant energy and intellectual activity as the second Authors Buffet took off at the Sarit Centre.
There had been concern that the turnout would be sparse since Sarit is a stone’s throw from the Westgate Mall. But on the contrary, the 16th Nairobi International Book Fair was full to overflowing with book publishers, as well as book lovers who roamed all round the first floor of the mall.
For me the place to be was the Authors Buffet where 25 published writers were expected to be on hand and seven new books were to be launched.
Last year, more than a dozen local authors arrived to transform what had initially begun as a book signing for a single author — Kinyanjui Kombani — into a major literary event. And last Saturday, the event was even more of an inspiration as nearly three times that number arrived at the second Authors Buffet.