James Murua Literary LiveStream 3: Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Melanie Raabe

Mukoma Wa Ngugi and Melanie Raabe are the first guests of season 3 of the James Murua Literary LiveStream on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at 18:00 GMT/ 19:00 WAT/ 20:00 CAT/ 21:00 EAT. You can join the stream, brought to you in cooperation with Frankfurter Buchmesse with financial support from the German Federal Foreign Office, on Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter.

In 2020, we introduced the James Murua Literary LiveStream to shine a light on the African literary ecosystem and ways to make it better. Previous guests to the stream have been Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Maaza Mengiste and Antje Rávik Strubel; Ondjaki and Philipp Khabo Koepsell; Mariette Tchamda Mbunpi and Annette Michael; as well as Nyana Kakoma and Mariela Nagle. The latter events were brought to you in cooperation with Frankfurter Buchmesse with financial support from the German Federal Foreign Office.

In 2021, the literary LiveStream returned with Tsitsi Dangarembga, Volha Hapeyeva and Ralf Nestmeyer; Chikè Frankie Edozien and Michaela Dudley; Okechukwu Ofili and Lena Renold; Sharon Dodua Otoo and Dr Joyce Nyairo; Jama Musse Jama and Stefanie Hirsbrunner; Kalaf Epalanga and Jessemusse Cacinda; Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse and Edwige Renée Dro; Xavier Lufin and Dr. Günther Orth, as well as Anja Saleh and Do Nsoseme Dora.

Crime Fiction

For 2022, we return with an abridged version of the series starting with a chat on Crime fiction, a genre that allows one to be on the scene of one of the most gruesome parts of human nature while sitting safely in one’s own home. How do people produce crime fiction on the African continent and in Germany? We chat with two leading names in the genre from Kenya and Germany. Joining us for these discussions will be Mukoma Wa Ngugi and Melanie Raabe. Here is more information about them;

Melanie Raabe

Melanie Raabe
Melanie Raabe

Melanie Raabe is a German author and podcaster. She debuted with the psychological thriller The Trap in 2015, followed by The Stranger (2016), The Shadow (2018), and The Woods (2019). Her first work of non-fiction is a book on creativity (2020). In 2022, Raabe published her first literary novel in Germany. Her work is published in more than 20 countries. She lives in the city of Cologne.

Mukoma Wa Ngugi

Mukoma Wa Ngugi
Mukoma Wa Ngugi

Mukoma Wa Ngugi is an Associate Professor of Literatures in English at Cornell University and the author of recently released Unbury Our Dead with Song (Cassava Republic Press, 2021),  The Rise of the African Novel: Politics of Language, Identity and Ownership (UoM Press, 2018)  Black Star Nairobi(Melville, 2013),Nairobi Heat(Penguin, SA 2009, Melville House Publishing, 2011), and two books of poetry, Logotherapy (U-Nebraska Press, 2018) and  Hurling Words at Consciousness (AWP, 2006).  Mrs. Shaw (Ohio University Press, 2015) was released in Eastern Africa as We, the Scarred by Paivapo Press in 2020).  Nairobi Heat is under option by a major Hollywood studio. 

He is the co-founder of the Mabati – Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Writing.  The German translation of Nairobi Heat was named the 2014 Crime Book of the Season by Buchkultur.

The two will join the LiveStream at 18:00 GMT/ 19:00 WAT/ 20:00 CAT/ 21:00 EAT. To interact with them, you can join the stream on Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter.