We are incredibly pleased to welcome author and Distinguished Professor Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o for a reading and signing!
Thiong'o is the author of several novels and memoirs, including Dreams in a Time of War: a Childhood Memoir, and Wizard of the Crow, most recently a book club pick from our Sci-Fi & Fantasy and Black Lit Book Clubs.
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, currently a Distinguished Professor of English and Comparate Literature at the University of California, Irvine, was born in Kenya in 1938. The Kenya of his youth was a British settler colony, and as an adolescent, he lived through the Mau Mau War of Independence (1952-1962). Sharply critical of the inequalities and injustices of Kenyan society, Ngũgĩ was arrested and imprisoned without charge at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison in 1977; in prison, he wrote, on toilet paper, the novel Devil on the Cross. After his release, the Moi dictatorship barred him from jobs at colleges and university in the country, and plotted his assassination. This forced him into exile to Britain and the U.S.; when he returned to Kenya in 2004 after twenty-two years in exile, he and his wife were attacked by hired gunmen and narrowly escaped. Ngũgĩ has continued writing prolifically: his books have been translated into more than thirty languages, he has edited several literary journals, and has also continued to speak around the world. He is recipient of many honors, including the 2001 Nonino International Prize for Literature. Read more about Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o at his website here.