by ALEXANDRA ESPINAL ’16
Distinguished Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o did a reading at Manhattanville last week as part of the MFA Program in Creative Writing’s Fall Writers’ Weekend. Thiong’o was the visiting professor for the event.
Thiong’o, who is a 2014 Nobel Prize contender, started off the night by remarking on his positive experience at Manhattanville so far and commenting on the writing assignments that he gave his students for Fall Writers’ Weekend. “I’m excited about the possibilities,” he said. He then went on to read passages from three of his books, including “Dreams in a Time of War: A Childhood Memoir”, “Weep Not Child”, and “In the House of the Interpreter”.
Thiong’o said he picked the passages because they influenced his creative process. He then touched upon a number of themes that are central in his work, including storytelling, language, his mother’s influence on him, his experiences at school, and colonialism in Africa, particularly Kenya.
Thiong’o, one of the world’s most distinguished and prolific authors, has written a number of novels, memoirs, essays, and literary criticisms.