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Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o

February 27, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0


   reading from

Minutes of Glory and Other Stories

published by The New Press

A dazzling short story collection from the person Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie calls “one of the greatest writers of our time”

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, although renowned for his novels, memoirs, and plays, honed his craft as a short story writer. From “The Fig Tree” (“Mugumo” in this collection), written in 1960, his first year as an undergraduate at Makerere University College in Uganda, to the playful “The Ghost of Michael Jackson,” written as a professor at the University of California, Irvine, these collected stories reveal a master of the short form.

Covering the period of British colonial rule and resistance in Kenya to the bittersweet experience of independence—and including two stories that have never before been published in the United States— Ngũgĩ’s collection features women fighting for their space in a patriarchal society; big men in their Bentleys who have inherited power from the British; and rebels who still embody the fighting spirit of the downtrodden. One of Ngũgĩ’s most beloved stories, “Minutes of Glory,” tells of Beatrice, a sad but ambitious waitress who fantasizes about being feted and lauded over by the middle-class clientele in the city’s beer halls. Her dream leads her on a witty and heartbreaking adventure.

Published for the first time in America, Minutes of Glory and Other Stories is a major literary event that celebrates the storytelling might of one of Africa’s best-loved writers.

One of the leading writers and scholars at work today, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o was born in Limuru, Kenya, in 1938. He is the author of A Grain of WheatWeep Not, Child; and Petals of Blood, as well as Birth of a Dream WeaverWrestling with the Devil, and Minutes of Glory (all from The New Press).
Currently Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, Ngũgĩ is recipient of twelve honorary doctorates, among other awards.

What has been said about the work of

This thrilling testament to the human spirit had, for me, a fierce resonance. . . . I could not help feeling that his luminous words were meant for those victims and many others being persecuted across the world, a way of urging humanity to never surrender to the demons of fear and silence. (Ariel Dorfman, The New York Times Book Review)

“Engrossing … At once exhilarating and defiant, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s memoir is a thought-provoking document of a grim time in Kenyan history.” (Publishers Weekly)

The Washington Post reviews Birth of a Dream Weaver, saying “every page ripples with a contagious faith in education and in the power of literature to shape the imagination and scour the conscience.” (The Washington Post)


February 27, 2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
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