UPDATE: Adichie’s visit to UM-Flint and the Flint community March 26—28 has been canceled due to illness. Hoping to reschedule later this year.
Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has recently been named winner of the U.S. National Book Critics Circle Award. She is coming to Flint to meet with UM-Flint faculty, staff, students, alumni, high school teens, teachers, and the public. Adichie visits Flint March 26-28 as part of the African and African Diaspora Artists Series.
At the age of nineteen, Adichie left her home country, Nigeria, for the United States on a scholarship to study communication at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She went on to pursue a degree in communication and political science at Eastern Connecticut State University. She graduated summa cum laude from Eastern in 2001, and then completed a master’s degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.
During her senior year at Eastern she started working on her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, which was released in October 2003. The book has received wide critical acclaim, shortlisted for the Orange Fiction Prize (2004) and awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (2005).
Adichie’s other publications include: Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), The Thing Around Your Neck (2009), and Americanah (2013). In 2007, she was awarded the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction and a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 2008.
There are five programs that she will participate in while in Flint:
- March 26: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Public Lecture, UM-Flint, Michigan Room D, UCEN
- March 26: 6 -7:30 p.m. | Dramatic Presentation, UM-Flint, Kiva, UCEN
- March 27: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Teen-Author Forum, Flint Public Library
- March 27: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. | Conversation with an Author, Flint Public Library
- March 28: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. | Educators’ Workshop, UM-Flint, Michigan Rooms C&D, UCEN
To register for the Teen-Author Forum at Flint Public Library, call 810-249-2046. To register for the Educators’ Workshop, call the Department of Africana Studies at UM-Flint at (810) 762-3353/ 810-762-3280. To contact the Flint Public Library, call 810-232-7111.
UM-Flint is joining with the Flint Public Library to make Adichie’s visit possible. The African/African Diaspora visit series, a collaborative project between UM-Flint’s Department of Africana Studies and the Flint Public Library, is funded by the Ruth Mott Foundation.
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