Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ’s German Book Tour 2015

Mukoma wa Ngugi

After his novel, Nairobi Heat was translated into German last year, seems Germany and the other German speaking readers can’t get enough of this guy’s books. Earlier this year Nairobi Heat was named Criminal Fiction of the year by Die Welt.

Mũkoma’s second book, Black Star Nairobi, has also been translated into German and he’s here this week to promote it.

Black Star Nairobi Mukoma wa Ngugi
The new book, Black Star Nairobi, by Mũkoma wa Ngũgĩ

In case you don’t know who Mũkoma is, he’s Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o’s son, whose followed in his father’s footsteps quite a lot. But whose literary works are quite different. There are many similarities between these two, for example, both are writers, they’re both known to be activists for different causes and lastly, they are both lecturers in American Universities. However, Mũkoma’s works set him apart from his father’s because he writes in a “non-traditional” African genre, criminal fiction, and his books are more for fun than for education. Might I add that some of his books are quite erotic.

This second book, is a sequel of Nairobi Heat, the two detectives from Nairobi Heat, Ishmael and O., have started an agency named Black StarThe two detectives get their biggest break. They are investigating a death that appears to be linked to the recent bombing of a downtown Nairobi hotel, until local forces start to come down on them to back off the case, and then a startling act of violence tips the scales, setting them off on a round-the-globe pursuit of the shadowy forces behind it all.

The book that is set in December 2007, a time during which Kenyan presidential elections were riddled with threats of ethnic violence and Barack Obama was on the campaign trail in the United States

Interested in meeting Mũkoma as he tours Germany to promote his book? Here are the dates:

Day Date Venue
Monday 16.03.2015 Haus der Niederlande
Alter Steinweg 6/7
48143 Münster
Tuesday 17.03.2015 transfer.
bücher und medien.
An der schlanken Mathilde 3
44263 Dortmund
Wednesday 18.03.2015 Balloni Hallen
Ehrenfeldgürtel 88-94
Köln Ehrenfeld
Thursday 19.03.2015 Buchhandlung Weltenleser
Oeder Weg 40
60318 Frankfurt am Main
Friday 20.03.2015 Scala
Ehemaliges Traditionskino
Blumenstrasse 15
73728 Esslingen
Monday 23.03.2015 Kuratorium Haus des Buches

Gerichtsweg 28,

04103 Leipzig

Check out info on his sister, Wanjikũ wa Ngũgi, who will also be in Germany promoting her new book, “Fall of Saints”.

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