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, Wrestling with the Devil, Minutes of Glory, and The Perfect Nine (all from The New Press). Currently Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature and the director of the International Center for Writing and Translation at the University of California, Irvine, Ngũgĩ is the recipient of twelve honorary doctorates, among other awards, and has been nominated for the Man Booker International Prize.

News and Reviews

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."

Kirkus Reviews

Kirkus calls Birth of a Dream Weaver "A writer’s coming-of-age tale featuring an artistic mix of pride and humility."

Pages

Books by Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

Birth of a Dream Weaver
A Writer’s Awakening

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Minutes of Glory
And Other Stories

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The Perfect Nine
The Epic of Gĩkũyũ and Mũmbi

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Wrestling with the Devil
A Prison Memoir

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