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An Evening with Nnedi Okorafor

Liberty Hall


Lawrence Public Library is pleased to host award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor for the 2018 Ross and Marianna Beach Author Series in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Hall Center for Humanities.

"There's more imagination on a page of Nnedi Okorafor's work than in whole volumes of ordinary fantasy epics."Ursula K. Le Guin

"Okorafor's imagination is stunning." — The New York Times Book Review

Nnedi Okorafor is the acclaimed author of African-based science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism novels and comics for children and adults. Okorafor holds a PhD in literature/creative writing and is an associate professor at the University at Buffalo, New York (SUNY).

  • Okorafor penned the Marvel Comics Black Panther series used as foundational text for the screenplay of 2018 record-breaking blockbuster film, Black Panther.
  • Her novel Who Fears Death (World Fantasy Award Winner) is slated for production by HBO with Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin serving as producer.
  • Her Akata Witch series (New York Times Editor's Choice, Amazon Book of the Year, Barnes and Noble Best Young Adult Book 2017) has a zealous and sizable fan base.
  • Okorafor's Binti series has won both the the Nebula and the Hugo Award for Best Novella.

"Okorafor is a literary tour-de-force," said Brad Allen, Lawrence Public Library executive director. "Her evocative settings and memorable characters put her in the same class as other sci-fi and fantasy greats such as Ursula K. Le Guin and Octavia Butler. The library is honored to host her as this year's Beach author."

Nnedi Okorafor has incorporated Nigerian cosmology, creatures her mother told her about, and stories she overheard the elders tell in Nigeria, into her books and short stories.

Despite the fact that her work is classified as speculative, it's actually not so easy to tell what's fact and what is fiction in her work. Nnedi Okorafor will discuss the inspirations behind her highly imaginative works of science fiction and fantasy and prove that "realistic" fiction has many faces.

  • Doors 6:30 p.m. | Program 7:30 p.m.
  • Free and open to the public
  • No tickets are required
  • Seating capacity is 700
  • Okorafor will discuss the inspirations behind her highly imaginative works of science fiction and fantasy and prove to you that "realistic" fiction has many faces.
  • Following the program, the Raven Book Store will sell Okorafor's books and will host a book signing

Hall Center for the Humanities Program for Students

Okorafor will visit the Hall Center for the Humanities Fri. Nov. 9 for an intimate conversation with students about her creative writing process.

About the event hosts

  • Lawrence Public Library Lawrence Public Library (LPL for short) is a community hub that believes in sharing knowledge and resources. We empower our community to imagine more together to grow a world we can all believe in by learning, connecting, creating, and growing with our vast collections, resources, services, programs, and humans. The Library is supported by tax dollars, the Friends of the Library book sales, the philanthropic efforts of the Lawrence Public Library Foundation, and the dedicated efforts of more than 300 volunteers.
  • Hall Center for the Humanities is one of eleven designated research centers on the University of Kansas campus. The Center exists to stimulate and support interdisciplinary research in the humanities, arts and social sciences. The Center's collateral mission is to sponsor public humanities programs that bring humanities scholarship to the wider community.

Named in memory of Lawrence residents Ross and Marianna Beach, the Beach Author Series series brings a prominent author to Lawrence annually. The series debuted in 2014 with James McBride, followed by Karen Russell in 2015, Geraldine Brooks in 2016, and George Saunders in 2017.

Suitable for:
All Ages

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