About the Event
The novel emerged from Gaile Parkin's desire to counter-balance perceptions by conveying some of the laughter and joy that help Rwandans to go on with their day-to-day lives despite the violence and personal tragedy they have so recently endured.
Born and raised in Zambia, Gaile Parkin has lived and worked in many African countries. Her first job was in a Soweto still simmering from the violent student uprisings. More recently she worked in Rwanda, training people to fill the human resources vacuum created by the genocide, and counselling women and girls who had survived it. Gaile holds degrees in English literature, linguistics, education, psychology, gender and international development. Baking Cakes in Kigali, her first novel, was published in the UK by Atlantic Press in January 2009 an went on to sell in fifteen other territories.