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Special Event with Author Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Sunday, July 25, 2010
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Event Type:
Nicole Lee
312 W. 8th St., LA 90014
Location Details:
Downtown Independent Theater
251 S. Main St.
Downtown Los Angeles 90012

Benefit event with Ngugi wa Thiong'o, preeminent Kenyan author reading from and discussing his new memoir, "Dreams in a Time of War," at the new, state-of-the-art Downtown Independent Theater, 251 S. Main Street. 2-5 PM. In conversation with Michael Slate, KPFK host and writer for Revolution newspaper.

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o is respected and beloved around the world for his path-breaking novels and plays that paint an unsparing picture of life in neo-colonial Kenya. He has broken new ground in bringing the oppressed onto the stage, and his outspoken resistance to imperialist culture is also reflected in his innovative theoretical work on post-colonial literature. He has been imprisoned more than once in Kenya for his works. In the late '70s he began writing novels in Gikuyu, his mother tongue. The first of these, Devil on the Cross, was written in prison on toilet paper.

Ngugi now lives in exile in the U.S. Formerly a professor at NYU, he is currently a Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages.

For more on Ngugi, go to

Listen here to a great interview with Ngugi and Michael Slate on Pacifica radio: [at]

Tickets: $15 - available on-line at
Students with ID: $5. Special group rate for high school classes.
Benefit tickets:
$100-- includes copy of Ngugi's memoir and special seating
$250-- includes the above + 1-year membership in Friends of Revolution Books / Libros Revolucion
Student & benefit tix available from Revolution Books - 213.488.1303, librosrevo [at], 312 W. 8th St. in downtown LA.

Call Revolution Books for reservations (suggested, space is limited). 213.488.1303.
You are needed to volunteer to put on this event; please call 213.488.1303.
This special evening with Ngugi Wa Thiong'o will contribute to transforming and relocating Revolution Books / Libros Revolucion... Scientific and poetic, wrangling and visionary -- Revolution Books is alive with a defiant spirit that refuses to accept the horrors of today as permanent. The bookstore is contributing to building a new movement for revolution. People come from all over the world to find the books and deep engagement about the possibility of a radically different world.
Added to the calendar on Wed, Jul 14, 2010 4:21PM
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