by Lisa Ellison
Edit March 31: Sad news has reached us that Adichie has cancelled her engagement citing “nervous exhaustion.” The event will not be rescheduled.
On Wednesday, April 2, Nigerian-born author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be in Greenville as part of the ECU Contemporary Writers Series.
Selected as a 2008 MacArthur Fellow for showing “exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work,” Adichie was named in The New Yorker’s “20 Under 40” fiction issue in 2010, listed as a “Top Global Thinker of 2013” by Foreign Policy magazine and as one of the “100 Most Influential Africans” of the same year by New African.
Adichie’s popularity has grown with each of the four books she’s published since 2003, the most recent of which, Americanah (2013), has been met with a great deal of acclaim. In addition to winning the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize, 2013 also saw the novel recognized by the New York Times and the BBC as one of the top ten books of the year.
You’ll have two chances to see her on Wednesday. Both are free and open to the public.
- 3-4 p.m. at the Greenville Museum of Art. Adichie will sign books and meet with the public. There will be light refreshments and books will be available for purchase.
- 7:30-9 p.m. at Hendrix Theater in Mendendhall Student Center on ECU’s campus. Adichie will read from Americanah and will take questions from the audience. A book signing will follow the Q&A. Books will be available for purchase. The public may park in the lot behind Mendenhall on Library Drive.
Adichie writes and speaks with intelligence and insight, her presentation as captivating as it is well crafted. You should make it a priority to see and meet this future Nobel laureate.
If you have not read any of this masterful writer’s work, you can access some short stories and excerpts from her novels here before you go see her on Wednesday.
Watch her TED talk, “The Danger of a Single Story.” You’ll find it twenty minutes well spent.
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