*Mukoma Wa Ngugi *is an Associate Professor of Literatures in English at Cornel University. He is the author of The Rise of the African Novel; three novels, including Nairobi Heat; and two books of poetry. In 2013, New African magazine named him one of the 100 most influential Africans. His newspaper columns have appeared in The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, and_ Business Daily Africa_. He is a member of the African Literature Association's Executive Council. Mukoma is the son of world-renowned author, Ngugi wa Thiong'o. At the Festival,he will present his new novel Unbury Our Dead With Song.