Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o at the African Literature Festival

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“In Kenya, we have many peoples who make up the Kenyan nation. Please note: I am not using the word tribe. I do not use the word tribe to describe anybody.” In this African Literature Festival video, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o speaks with hosts Samuel Ndogo and Mingqing Yuan about writing his first novel in verse, The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gĩkũyũ and Mũmbi (New Press, 2020), which is featured in Page One in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.

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How to Keep Writing

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“Be very patient, even patient with chaos,” Lydia Davis advises writers in this compilation of interviews by Louisiana Channel. Seasoned writers from around the world, including Alaa Al Aswany, Umberto Eco, Richard Ford, Patti Smith, and Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o, also offer their thoughts on how to keep writing.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Favored to Win the Nobel Prize

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The Guardian reports that Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o has become a favorite for the Nobel Prize in literature, which will be announced later this week. In this Granta interview, the author discusses his early life and his latest book, Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir, published this year.

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