Canadian MG Vassanji is an author with some serious cred going for him having won awards like the world was about to end in his long career. The include the Commonwealth Writers Prize, Giller Prize, Bressani Literary Prize and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. With those prizes you would imagine that we wouldn’t have too much of an interest in the man? Wrong! The man was born in Kenya and raised in Tanzania before heading to Canada. With our need for positive stories you know that we all want a piece of such a feted individual. Its kind of like how Lupita Nyong’o is looking good all over the place and the Mexicans possibly wanting to claim her seeing as she was born and spent a few months of her life before coming home.
So last week the good Vassanji who was a guest of our good friends at Storymoja came through and we were happy. He was here to launch his latest book The Magic of Saida and did several events including a reception at the Canadian High Commissioner’s house and a writers masterclass at the Michael Joseph Centre on Waiyaki Way.
The Magic of Saida which is considered to be one of the best Canadian books in 2012 tells the haunting story of Kamal, a successful Canadian doctor who, in middle age and after decades in North America, decides to return to his homeland of East Africa to find his childhood sweetheart, Saida. You can see what the goodreads readers say about the book here. Its pretty positive really.
Do your thing Bwana Vassanji. We will continue to jump on your accolades bila shame. After all we are Kenyans.