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Meanwhile, in Nairobi ...

While Kenya distributes books by camel to rural children, the capital, Nairobi, plays host to the annual Pan-African Children's Book Fair.

The seventh annual fair was held last June when, according to the local Nation newspaper, "a galaxy of authors from within and outside Kenya, a bevy of book publishers from across Africa and Europe, droves of enthusiastic schoolchildren, teachers and parents, politicians of clout, entrepreneurs of repute, and the public met and mingled ...."

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Because of the fair and a "fast-growing and sophisticated publishing industry," says the newspaper, Kenya was chosen as last year's focus country for the Zimbabwe International Book Fair in Harare in August.

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