Pambazuka interviews Binyajavanga Wanaina, Kenyan founding editor of Kwani here; he talks about many things including his desire to start an online course in Creative Writing soon. When asked for five favourite authors, Binyavanga mentioned six:
- Kojo Laing, writer of Search Sweet Country, the greatest novel to come out of Africa.
- Saul Bellow – love his riff and sentences...
- Ahmadou Kourouma, Waiting for the Wild Beasts to Vote, was a beautifully structured novel, and worked sooo well.
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun, is a book of true commitment and love – I love many things about it, most of all I love the idea of somebody writing about Biafra, which happened after she was born. A huge task, fraught with risks, but she did it.
- Chinua Achebe – I love all his work, feel very privileged to work with him at Bard College.
- Witold Gombrowicz – love his absurd, dense books, with so many tiny human and natural transactions…