This month we will be discussing ‘One Day I Will Write About This Place’ by Binyavanga Wainaina
In One Day I Will Write About This Place, Wainaina takes us through his life as a middle-class Kenyan, his school days, his failed attempt to study in South Africa and his travels around Kenya. Starting from his childhood he brings the reader through the political history of his country, and he explain how the shifting political scene unsettled his views on family, tribe and nationhood.
A fascinating debut memoir that is able to avoid stereotypes and draw every scene with a distinctive and memorable pen.
Binyavanga Wainaina is the founding editor of the literary magazine Kwani? and won the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2002. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, and National Geographic. He is the director of the Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists at Bard College. He divides his time between Nairobi, Kenya and upstate New York.
London edition of the African Reading Group (ARG!) is there to help readers keep up with the explosion of literature coming out of Africa and its diaspora. We are a ‘new voice’ reading group, focusing on short story collections, novels and some critical or non-fiction. From time to time we may go back to a classic of African literature — but the emphasis is on the new.
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