Meja Mwangi (born 27 December 1948) is a Kenyan writer.[3] He has worked in the film industry, including in screenwriting, assistant directing, and casting.

Meja Mwangi
David Dominic Mwangi

(1948-12-27)27 December 1948
Nanyuki, central Kenya
EducationNanyuki Secondary School, Kenyatta College, University of Leeds
AgentAnnemarie Friedli
Known forOne of Kenya's leading novelists; author of children's books
Notable work
AwardsFellow in Writing at the University of Iowa (1975–76). For awards for literary works, see §Meja Mwangi#Prizes and awards

Biography Edit

Mwangi was born David Dominic Mwangi in Nanyuki, Kenya, and was educated at Nanyuki Secondary School, Kenyatta College, and briefly at the University of Leeds.[4] He then worked for the French Broadcasting Corporation doing odd jobs and the British Council in Nairobi as Visual Aids Officer,[5] before turning to writing full-time. He was Fellow in Writing at the University of Iowa (1975–76).

After a prolonged period on the Kenyan and African publishing scene, Mwangi moved to the US after gaining international recognition and winning several awards.[6]

His best-known early work includes the novels Kill Me Quick (1973), Going Down River Road (1976), and The Cockroach Dance (1979), which illustrate the urban landscapes of Kenya, the struggle against poverty, and the AIDS epidemic.[7]

Prizes and awards Edit

For general readers Edit

For juvenile readers Edit

  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (German Youth Literature Prize), for Kariuki und sein weißer Freund. Eine Erzählung aus Kenia (Little White Man (1990), title changed to The Mzungu Boy (1992))
  • Le Prix Lire au College for Kariuki (1992)
  • American Library Association (USA) Notable Children's Books Award for Older Readers, The Mzungu Boy (2006)[9]

Shortlist Edit

Literary works Edit

In English Edit

  • Kill Me Quick. 1973. {{cite book}}: |work= ignored (help)[10]
  • Carcase for Hounds. Peak Library. Heinemann Educational. 1974. ISBN 0-435-90145-1. Adapted for the film "Cry Freedom".[1]
  • Taste of Death. Peak Library. Kenya: East African Publishing House. 1975.
  • Going Down River Road. Peak Library. Heinemann. 1976. ISBN 978-0435901769.
  • Mwangi, Meja (1979). The Bushtrackers. ISBN 0-582-78525-1.
  • Mwangi, Meja (1979). The Cockroach Dance. ISBN 0-582-64276-0.
  • Bread of Sorrow. 1987.
  • The Return of Shaka. 1989.
  • Mwangi, Meja (1989). Weapon of Hunger. ISBN 9966-49-813-3.
  • Jimi the Dog. 1990.
  • Striving for the Wind. Peak Library. Heinemann International Literature. 1992. ISBN 978-0435909796.
  • The Hunter's Dream. United Kingdom: Macmillan Education. 1994. ISBN 978-0333580028.
  • The Last Plague (Vitabu Vya Nyota Series, 2). Peak Library. East African Educational Publisher. 1997. ISBN 978-9966250827.[11]
  • Mountain of Bones. 2001.
  • The Boy Gift. HM Books. 2006. ISBN 978-1-84728-471-6.
  • The Mzungu Boy. Canada: Groundwood Books. 2006. ISBN 978-0888996640.
  • Mwangi, Meja (2007). Mama Dudu, the Insect Woman. ISBN 978-1-84728-468-6.
  • Baba Pesa. HM Books Intl. 2007. ISBN 978-0-9796476-1-1.
  • Mwangi, Meja (2007). The Big Chiefs. ISBN 978-0-9796476-3-5.
  • Mwangi, Meja (2007). Gun Runner. ISBN 978-0-9796476-0-4.
  • Free?: Stories Celebrating Human Rights. Walker. 2009. ISBN 978-1406318302.
  • Rafiki - Man Guitar. HM Books Intl. 2013.
  • Christmas Without Tusker. HM Books. 2015. ISBN 978-0-982012680.

Translations Edit

Theatre, screenplays, other adaptations Edit

Filmography Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ Going Down River Road. Peak Library. Heinemann. 1976. ISBN 9780435901769.
  2. ^ Mwangi, Meja (1979). The Cockroach Dance. ISBN 0-582-64276-0.
  3. ^ "Meja Mwangi". Contemporary Writers. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.
  4. ^ He did not complete a full university degree at University of Leeds."Meja Mwangi biography". Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  5. ^ Chakava, Henry (1976). An H.E.B. Student's Guide Notes on Meja Mwangi's Kill Me Quick. Nairobi, Kenya: Heinemann Educational Books (East Africa) Ltd. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  6. ^ Ciugu, Mwagiru (13 December 2013). "Meja Mwangi, the reclusive writer with a mighty pen". Nation Media Group. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  7. ^ Dictionary of African Biography, via Oxford African American Studies Center database, accessed 13 March 2015.
  8. ^ Arana, R. Victoria (2008). The Facts on File companion to world poetry: 1900 to the present. Infobase Publishing. p. 244. ISBN 978-0-8160-6457-1. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  9. ^ "2006 Notable Children's Books announced — Older Readers". The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). 6 February 2006. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  10. ^ Meja Mwangi. Literature: Writers. British Council. 5 November 1973. ISBN 0-435-90143-5. Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  11. ^ Muriungi, Agnes (31 December 2001). "The 'Total/Real' Man and the 'Proper' Woman: 1 Safe sex, risk and gender in Meja Mwangi's The Last Plague". English Studies in Africa.
  12. ^ Kariuki (aventures avec le petit homme blanc) (in French). 1992. Retrieved 26 October 2016.

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