Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

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 Wheat; Weep Not, Child; and Petals of Blood, as well as Birth of a Dream Weaver and Wrestling with the Devil (The New Press). He has been nominated for, among other honors, the Man Booker International Prize and is currently a distinguished professor in the School of Humanities and the director of the International Center for Writing and Translation at the University of California, Irvine.

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News and Reviews

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Charlotte McDonald-Gibson have each garnered major accolades for their respective new books, 

The Washington Post

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 Guardian

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie lists Birth of a Dream Weaver as one of the "Best Books of 2016," calling the memoir "exquisite in its honesty and truth and resilience, and a necessary chronicle from one of the greatest writers of our time."

Library Journal

Library Journal calls Birth of a Dream Weaver "[a]s essential as Achebe’s There Was a Country... a riveting read in African history and literature."


Books by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

Birth of a Dream Weaver
A Writer’s Awakening

Ng?g? wa Thiong'o