Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
We are utterly thrilled to be presenting this virtual evening with one of the great writers in the world, one who has been an essential, vital writer, teacher, and citizen, Kenyan author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o. He has made a number of Seattle and Elliott Bay-hosted visits in the past, but never one such as this virtual program he will be doing for his newest U.S. release, The Perfect Nine: The Epic of Gĩkũyũ and Mũmbi (The New Press). Originally published in Ngũgĩ’s original language, Gĩkũyũ, and then translated by Ngũgĩ into English, this is a vivid epic of the founding of the Gĩkũyũ people.
“Essential reading and especially vital for our times. . . . Emphasizing fundamental cycles of birth, life, love, and death, this tale is centered on the Gĩkũyũ but connected to all of us and our humanity, a story to be told and retold, as it has been in various forms, for generations.”—Booklist.
“Unfolding in wry and lyrical verse, The Perfect Nine tells a Homeric odyssey of the creation of the entire Gĩkũyũ people—a creationist myth, an adventure tale, and a family story, wherein the wives do not simply wait at home.” —Literary Hub.
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o’s body of work includes novels, plays, stories, essays, memoirs, and children’s books, many of them speaking against colonization and its impacts, and against corruption of power whoever is exercising it. He has also worked long, hard, and passionately to keep African languages vital against the impact of those of the would-be colonizers. Among his enduring works: Weep Not, Child; A Grain of Wheat; Petals of Blood; The Wizard and the Crow; Decolonising the Mind; Barrel of a Pen; Secure the Base; and The Upright Revolution. This is one not to be missed.