About the Book Club

Bookish People Book Club (BPBC) is a community of book lovers from Nairobi, Kenya focused on highlighting African Literature.


Our goal is to showcase the diversity of African Literature and the universality of our experiences as Africans mirrored through the books we read; written by Africans and the African Diaspora. BPBC provides a platform where lovers of literature can come together to discuss books, share their perspectives on the state of our continent, and engage in stimulating conversations around a range of socio-cultural issues - from women’s rights and feminism to colonization and post-colonial identity and Sexuality in the African context .


We come together monthly to discuss a book from a different region of Africa. At BPBC, We’d like to consider a gathering of friends, brought together by a deep love for literature and reading. Join us!

Our Latest Book Club Pick 

The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell

About the Book

On the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there was once a colonial settlement called the Old Drift. Here begins the epic story of a small African nation, told by a mysterious swarm-like chorus that calls itself man’s greatest nemesis. In 1904, in a smoky room at the hotel across the river, an Old Drifter named Percy M. Clark, foggy with fever, makes a mistake that entangles his fate with those of an Italian hotelier and an African busboy. This error sets off a cycle of unwitting retribution between these three Zambian families, as they continually collide over the course of the century, into the present, and beyond.

About the Author

NAMWALI SERPELL is a Zambian writer who teaches at UC Berkeley. She received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award in 2011 and was selected for the Africa 39 in 2014. She won the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing.

THE OLD DRIFT is her first novel. The chapter entitled "The Falls" is derived from The Autobiography of An Old Drifter, by the historical figure, Percy M. Clark (1874-1937).

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