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 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.
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
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.