Famed Kenyan Writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o with Peter Kimani, Mukoma wa Ngugi at RevBooks
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A Black History Event at Revolution Books in Harlem with world-renowned Kenyan novelist, post-colonial theorist and prisoner of conscience Ngugi wa Thiong’o. He will be joined by fellow Kenyan writers Peter Kimani & Mukoma Wa Ngugi, and the evening will be hosted by Andy Zee, RB spokesperson.
NGUGI WA THIONG’O has written novels, plays, memoirs—and influential essays on the necessity for oppressed people to develop their own literary-cultural movement to oppose imperialist cultural hegemony in Third World countries. In 1977, Ngugi was arrested by the Kenyan government and spent a year in prison during which he wrote the novel “Devil on the Cross” on toilet paper. Upon release, he went into exile. Ngugi is currently a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Irvine. His name is often mentioned in short-lists for the Nobel Prize. Ngugi’s latest memoir, Birth of a Dream Weaver, tells the story of his creative awakening as a university student and writer in the early 1960s, during the Kenyan fight for independence.
Ngugi was the featured guest at the opening of Revolution Books in Harlem in November 2015.
PETER KIMANI’S debut novel, Dance of the Jakaranda, weaves together a multi-generational, multi-ethnic tale of the formation of modern Kenya, a riveting saga of railroads, revolt, and secret ties. It is a work of the moment that is at the same time firmly anchored in the African oral storytelling tradition. Kimani is a leading African writer of his generation. He’s a faculty member at Aga Khan University’s Graduate School of Media and Communications in Nairobi.
MUKOMA WA NGUGI is a writer whose novels include Mrs. Shaw, Black Star Nairobi, Nairobi Heat); his latest collection of poetry is Logotherapy. He’s also a political columnist for the BBC Focus on Africa Magazine, his columns have also appeared in The Guardian, International Herald Tribune, Ebony.com, Chimurenga, Los Angeles Times, Africa is a Country. He has been a guest on Democracy Now, NPR, Al Jazeera and the BBC World Service. He’s an Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University, and is the son of Ngugi wa Thiong’o.
This event is part of “BLACK HISTORY MONTH at Revolution Books in Harlem, “In the Age of Trump-Pence Fascism: Black History… The Fight for Emancipation… and the Future”
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