Eudora Welty Lecture: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The PEN/Faulkner and Eudora Welty Foundations present the Eudora Welty Lecture by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Adichie will speak onWednesday, November 08, 2017, at the Lincoln Theatre, Washington DC.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the most celebrated African writers of her generation. She earned international attention for her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003), a Nigerian coming-of-age story about a teenage girl growing up in a privileged household in a nation plagued by poverty and political strife. A review in the Boston Globe noted that “Adichie’s understanding of a young girl’s heart is so acute that her story ultimately rises above its setting and makes her little part of Nigeria seem as close and vivid as Eudora Welty’s Mississippi.”

Purple Hibiscus won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and Ms. Adichie’s second book, Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), won the Orange Prize (now the Bailey’s Women’s Prize), the world’s top prize for female writers. Ms. Adichie received a US National Book Critics Circle Award for her best-selling 2013 novel Americanah. Her work has been translated into over thirty languages and is read around the world. The TED Talk she delivered in 2009 on “The Danger of A Single Story” is one of the most-viewed TED Talks of all time; her 2012 TED Talk, “We Should All Be Feminists,” has inspired conversations about feminism around the world, and was published as a book of the same name in 2014. Her most recent book, Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, was published in March 2017. She has previously received a Hodder fellowship from Princeton University, a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University, and a “genius grant” from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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