Inprint | Wole Soyinka

Monday, October 11, 2021 - 7:00pm

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“You don’t see things the same way when you encounter a voice like that of WOLE SOYINKA,” says Toni Morrison. Wole Soyinka is a distinguished political activist, playwright, poet, and novelist from Nigeria. He is the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature and was praised by the Nobel Jury as a writer who “in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence.” Soyinka, who writes in English, is the author of five memoirs, eight poetry collections, and 30 plays that draw richly on Nigerian politics and mythology. His two previous works of fiction, The Interpreters and Season of Anomy, garnered for him a global reputation as “the conscience of Nigeria” (The New York Times) and won the New Statesmen Literary Prize. His other honors include the Anisfield-Wolf Lifetime Achievement Award, the International Poetry Award, and the International Humanist Award. Soyinka joins us to read from and talk about his first novel in 48 years, Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth, which he wrote during the pandemic. Set in an imaginary Nigeria, the book is at once a witty whodunit and a satirical commentary on power, greed, and corruption informed by Soyinka’s personal experience with political exile and imprisonment. Since the 1960s, Soyinka has advocated for Nigerian democracy and spoken out against military dictatorships worldwide. He is the founder of the Democratic Front for a People’s Federation and famously snuck his poems out of prison on toilet paper rolls. He lives in Abeokuta, Nigeria.

EVENT DETAILS: This is a livestream reading and will be accessible from the Inprint website. Details on how to access the reading will be provided to season subscribers and to those who purchase general admission tickets in their Eventbrite email receipts. Wole Soyinka will give a brief reading from his new novel Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth, followed by a conversation with a fellow writer. 


Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593320167
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Pantheon - September 28th, 2021