A reading and conversation with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, hosted by award-winning author and current Amherst College Visiting Writer Peter Kimani. Birthday cake to follow.
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is a novelist, essayist, playwright, journalist, editor, memoirist, academic, and social activist, born in Kenya in 1938. He published his first novel, Weep Not, Child, in 1964. In the wake of his 1977 novel Petals of Blood and play Ngaahika Ndeenda, both critiques of neo-colonial inequalities, he was incarcerated at Kamiti Prison. Exiled from Kenya, he was Five Colleges Visiting Distinguished Professor of English and African Literature in 1991. In the past decade, he has published three memoirs: Dreams in a Time of War, The House of the Interpreter, and Birth of a Dream Weaver. He is currently Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages.