An Evening with Ngugi wa’Thiong’o

Ngugi wa’Thiong’o came to City Lights Bookstore on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, to celebrate the release of In the House of the Interpreter: A Memoir (Pantheon).

From the world-renowned Kenyan novelist, poet, playwright, literary critic, and theorist of post-colonial literature, comes the second volume of his memoirs, spanning 1955-1959, the author’s high school years during the tumultuous Mau Mau Uprising. In the House of the Interpreter evokes a haunting childhood at the end of British colonial rule in Africa, and the formative experiences of a political dissident.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. He is the acclaimed author of numerous books including Wizard of the Crow, Petals of Blood, Devil on the Cross, and Decolonizing the Mind. He is recipient of many honors including the 2001 Nonino International Prize for Literature and seven honorary doctorates.