ranks & references
References: Looking for the latest fiction, biographies, financial or other reference books at the Book Villa? The Nairobi bookshop has moved to Norwich Union House 8th Floor (building houses Galitos/Chicken Inn on ground) Moi Avenue. New location is bigger and more spacious than the cramped old location and will soon have refreshments in a reading area with a great view of the city
Ranks: Trying to figure out why Alexa has stalled and why Technorati has refused to refresh for the last three weeks.
Book villa anniversary: Two years of great reading great reading courtesy of Book Villa.
I got my statement today for my second year in the Book Villa club which shows I read 25 books, ½ of which were non fiction – a slight improvement from year one
So, if you leave reading books, desire variety, or find the cost of new books prohibitive, check out Book Villa.
Someone has beaten me to an idea I’ve had for a long time
Most new novels and bestsellers in Nairobi sell for 660 shillings ($8) and above, which is quite expensive. And once done with a book, there is little to do but pass it on to an endless string of friends until it gets lost, damaged beyond having any value, or you lose interest. One bookstore has come up with a solution to this problem
Book Villa (opp. The Stanley Hotel – Tel: 340294) on Standard Street has a library which allows members to borrow unlimited books. Bronze class allows a member to borrow 1 book at a time and costs 1,000 shillings a year, Silver – 3 books at a time (3,000 a year) and Gold – 6 books at a time (5,000 shillings a year).
There’s no time condition of books, but one can’t borrow more books until they return previous ones taken. Other terms and conditions: Membership fees not refundable, nor is a 500 shilling registration fee. Also, books borrowed cannot exceed the value of your membership and must be returned in the same condition as when they were taken.
Coming Soon is a novel “Last Orders at Harrods: An African Tale” by Michael Holman, that is about two and is set in a fictional country, but is actually Kenya. It will be launched in Nairobi in May and 1,000 special copies will be made available to be sold by Nairobi street kids at a discounted price of 200 shillings (down from £10) that is more affordable for Kenyans – and street kids will keep the proceeds of the books they sell.
A writer featured in the NY Times is going to make your life more boring, as he reveals that all books and movies tell one of seven stories/plots and can’t deviate from the formula. The seven plots are:
1. Overcoming the Monster,
2. Rags to Riches,
3. The Quest,
4. Voyage and Return,