Novelist Chimamanda Adichie Speaks in Chicago

June 11, 2010

Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be at the Harold Washington Library Center/multi-purpose room at 1 p.m. tomorrow, June 12, speaking with Mary Schmich as part of the Printer’s Row Lit Fest. In the video below, she discusses the danger of a single story. Because our lives and cultures are composed of many overlapping stories, she cautions that we risk critical misunderstandings if we hear just one story about another country or person.

Her most recent book, The Thing Around Your Neck, is a stunning collection of stories that explores relationships between men and women, classes and cultures, and Nigeria and the United States. She won the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction for her novel, Half A Yellow Sun, set in Nigeria in the late 1960s during the bloody three-year civil war there. Purple Hibiscus is the first novel by Adichie that I read, and it is a searing, sensitive and beautifully written story of one girl’s exploration of faith, family and country.  Read more about author Chimamanda Adichie here.   -Christie

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