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Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong'o

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.

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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.

Event date: 
Friday, October 26, 2018 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
5225 Canyon Crest Dr.
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Riverside, CA 92507
Wrestling with the Devil: A Prison Memoir Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781620973332
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Published: New Press - March 6th, 2018

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Wizard of the Crow Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781400033843
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Published: Anchor - August 28th, 2007

Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780307476210
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Published: Anchor - March 8th, 2011

In the House of the Interpreter: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781101910511
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Published: Anchor - May 12th, 2015

Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature (Studies in African Literature) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780852555019
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Published: James Currey - February 15th, 2011

Petals of Blood (Penguin African Writers Series #1) Cover Image
By Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Moses Isegawa (Introduction by), Chinua Achebe (Series edited by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143039174
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Published: Penguin Classics - February 22nd, 2005

A Grain of Wheat (Penguin African Writers Series #2) Cover Image
By Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Abdulrazak Gurnah (Introduction by), Chinua Achebe (Series edited by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143106760
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Published: Penguin Classics - June 5th, 2012

Devil on the Cross (Penguin African Writers Series #5) Cover Image
By Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Namwali Serpell (Introduction by), Chinua Achebe (Series edited by)
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143107361
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Published: Penguin Classics - April 11th, 2017

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