April 19, 2019 (REVISED April 25, 2019) "Jioni wa Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o" (An Evening with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o)

Press Contact: Bryonna Head (202) 707-3073
Public Contact: Eve Ferguson (202) 707-1982

Award-winning author Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o presents his recently released publication titled, “Minutes of Glory And Other Stories” at the Library of Congress.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o will give a public reading of his 34th publication on Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m. in the historic Coolidge Auditorium in the Thomas Jefferson Building in Washington, D.C. Pre-event reception begins at 6 p.m. The event is free, but tickets are required. For tickets, please visit this ticketing site: ngugiatloc.eventbrite.com.

The program will begin with local high school students who will read excerpts from his works in Gikuyu and English. Noted as a perennial favorite to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is an award-winning, world-renowned Kenyan novelist, scholar and playwright, who has been publishing written works for over 50 years in over 32 languages. Ngũgĩ is the founder and editor of the first Gikuyu-language journal and is currently a distinguished professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine.

The African and Middle Eastern Section of the Library of Congress, The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa and the African Studies Center at Howard University are co-hosting the event part of the Library’s Conversation with African Poets and Writers series.

Copies of Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o’s “Minutes of Glory And Other Stories” will be available for purchase and signing after the event.

The Africa Society is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan and diverse organization formed as a direct outgrowth of the National Summit on Africa, which launched in 1997 with grant support from the Ford Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. This initiative resulted in the largest mobilization of Africa-interested individuals in the history of the U.S., with delegations from every state and territory.

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PR 19-042
ISSN 0731-3527