I CARE – – News – Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe – Kenyan literary icon Ngugi wa Thiong’o, often tipped for the Nobel prize, has pulled out of an annual Swedish book fair in protest at the presence of far-right newspaper Nya Tider.
28/6/2017- The 75-year-old author of ‘A Grain of Wheat’ (1967) and ‘Petals of Blood’ (1975), wrote an e-mail to his Swedish publisher Modernista informing them he would cancel his attendance at the Gothenburg Book Fair “in solidarity with the writers withdrawing and of course with the concerns behind their withdrawal”, referring to the newspaper Nya Tider, which will be represented at the fair. “We can confirm that Ngugi wa Thiong’o has cancelled his attendance at the book fair in Gothenburg in the autumn,” Kristofer Andersson, development director at Modernista, told AFP. Birgitta Jacobsson Ekblom, head of communications for the fair, added they had received this information and were in contact with Ngugi, a fierce critic of post-colonial Kenyan society. The event, to be held September 28th to October 1st, is Scandinavia’s largest book fair and draws around 100,000 visitors each year.