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Awarding-Winning Author to Read Her Works at UNH

Release Date:
10/5/2012 12:00 PM

October 3, 2012

Chimamanda Adichie, features Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

WEST HAVEN, CONN. – An internationally recognized author will give a reading at the University of New Haven on Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the author of three short-story books, will take part in the Arts@UNH reading series in Dodds Hall Theater, located on the UNH main campus, 300 Boston Post Road, in West Haven.   

Adichie’s fiction and nonfiction have been published in Granta, The Financial Times, The Iowa Review, Farafina Magazine and The New Yorker.

She was included in the 2002 New Yorker’s list of the best 20 fiction writers under 40, and has been awarded the Orange Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf book award and the International Nonino Prize.

A MacArthur Fellow, Adichie has a master’s degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in African studies from Yale University.

 “Her novels explore the rich complexities of post-colonial Africa,” says Professor Randall Horton of the UNH English department. “I want to encourage the entire community not to miss this dynamic writer.”

Adichie is the creative director of Farafina Trust, a nonprofit foundation in Lagos, Nigeria, that organizes creative writing workshops.

In 2009, she delivered a TED talk, “The Danger of The Single Story,” one of the 20 most-watched TED lectures. More recently, she delivered the 2012 annual Commonwealth Lecture titled “To Instruct and Delight: A Case for Realist Literature.” She was a 2008 Hodder fellow at Princeton University and a 2012 Radcliffe fellow at Harvard University. She divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

The reading is sponsored by the UNH English department. For more information, contact Randall Horton at

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