Join us for a conversation about Kintu with author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi and Meron Hadero
The program will include a wine reception and booksigning.
First published in Kenya in 2014 to critical and popular acclaim, Kintu is a modern classic, a multilayered narrative that reimagines the history of Uganda through the cursed bloodline of the Kintu clan. Divided into six sections, the novel begins in 1750, when Kintu Kidda sets out for the capital to pledge allegiance to the new leader of the kingdom of Buganda. Along the way, he unleashes a curse that will plague his family for generations. In an ambitious tale of a clan and a nation, Makumbi weaves together the stories of Kintu’s descendants as they seek to break from the burden of their shared past and reconcile the inheritance of tradition and the modern world that is their future.
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi, a Ugandan novelist and short story writer, has a PhD from Lancaster University. Her first novel, Kintu, won the Kwani Manuscript Project in 2013 and was longlisted for the Etisalat Prize in 2014. Her story “Let’s Tell This Story Properly” won the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. She is currently working on her second novel and a collection of short stories, Travel is to See, Return is to Tell. Jennifer lives in Manchester, UK with her husband, Damian, and her son, Jordan.
Meron Hadero is an Ethiopian-American writer and a graduate of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan. Her fiction has appeared or will appear in The Best American Short Stories, The Missouri Review, Boulevard, and The Normal School Online. Meron has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Ragdale, and the World Affairs Council in Seattle, has worked in global development at the Gates Foundation, and holds a JD from Yale and an AB from Princeton in history. She’s a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto currently writing a novel and stories.