Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o at the Brooklyn Book Festival: Detained
September 16, 2018
- 12:00 p.m.
St. Francis College
Founder's Hall, 180 Remsen St,
Brooklyn NY

In Wrestling with the Devil, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o emerges from a Kenyan prison in 1978 with a novel written on toilet paper. In Dunya Mikhail’s The Beekeeper, Iraqi women abducted by ISIS are ultimately rescued. While in Helon Habila’s The Chibok Girls, Nigerian students kidnapped by Boko Haram manage to escape and find their way home. These urgent works of nonfiction speak of confinement, enslavement, and torture yet offer voices of resilience that demand to be heard. Moderated by Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf, Pen America.