Friday, March 6, 2009

Coming up on Sunday: Ngugi wa Thiong'o & 2nd Sundays Open Mic

This Sunday, March 3 offers Kenyan author Ngugi Wa Thiong'o at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana and 2nd Sundays Open Mic in Laguna.

In the current OC Weekly, Andrew Tonkovich writes about Ngugi wa Thiong'o's appearance:

"Reach for a book," urged Bertolt Brecht, "it is a weapon." Maybe you missed the Brecht reading, as well as the Faulkner and the Marquez. But because he survived, because he is in political exile, because UC Irvine hired him, wisely, to run its International Center for Writing and Translation, renowned African novelist/playwright/essayist Ngugi wa Thiong'o is here, of all places, in Orange County. The Kenyan writer/activist was born James, rejected colonialism for an African name, and is called "Googi" by friends and fans worldwide who celebrate his life - but also by very bad people, like dictators and political thugs, who've tried to end his life. He'll talk language and politics by the way of his tour-de-force novel Wizard of the Crow, an epic political satire set in a fictional African nation, a book the Washington Post called a weapon against totalitarianism. Arm yourself.

Ngugi Wa Thiong'o at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, 2002 N. Main St. in Santa Ana at 1;30 pm this Sunday. $8.00

Later at 4:30, sign-ups begin for Second Sundays Open Mic at Laguna Beach Books (located in the old Pottery Barn on PCH).

Readings begin at 5:00.

A $5.00 donation suggested to keep the fun going and by all reports they are having a lot of fun at these monthly readings where people present 3-minute stories.

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