Great Authors at the Library:
Nnedi Okorafor


WE ARE THRILLED to present international award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor as part of our 2018 Great Authors at the Library series:

Nnedi Okorafor and book covers

An Evening with Nnedi Okorafor
THU Oct 18 • 7 pm
[ Watch the livestream at champaign.org/live ]

Nnedi Okorafor is the international award-winning author of  the Binti  and Akata Witch series, as well as issues of Marvel’s Black Panther comic book, Long Live the King. She writes African-based science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism for children, teens, and adults.  Ms. Okorafor will read from her books and share insights on writing. A book signing will follow. Doors open at 6:30 pm for refreshments and book sales.

Ms. Okorafor’s new Marvel comic, Shuri, premieres October 17. Her graphic novel, LaGuardia, debuts October 31. And her World Fantasy Award–winning novel, Who Fears Death, is being made into an HBO series with George R.R. Martin as executive producer. 

”There’s more vivid imagination in a page of Nnedi Okorafor’s work than in whole volumes of ordinary fantasy epics.”   
—Ursula K. Le Guin

Great Author Inspires 90 Teen Readers

Through a partnership with Champaign Unit 4 School District, 90 middle school students are reading Akata Witch and Black Panther comics, as part of a special Nnedi Okorafor Book Club. This group from Edison, Franklin, and Jefferson will get to  travel to the Library to attend a writing workshop with Ms. Okorafor during the schoolday on October 18.

Library Gifts 50  Copies of Binti to Champaign Readers

In honor of Ms. Okorafor’s visit to the area, the Library is giving away 50 copies of Binti to Champaign readers. ”Read and pass along” books are appearing in coffee shops, hair salons, and waiting rooms around town.

>> Find Nnedi Okorafor books at the library

Made possible with support from the  Library Friends. Part of the Great Authors at the Library series. 

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2018 Great Authors at the Library:

Apr 11 • An Evening with Nikki Grimes, 7 pm
Sep 13 • An Evening with Colson Whitehead, 7 pm
Sep 29 • An Afternoon with Luis Alberto Urrea, 3 pm
Oct 18 • An Evening with Nnedi Okorafor, 7 pm
and Apr 9, 2019 • An Evening with Aaron Reynolds, 7 pm

Other acclaimed speakers in the Great Authors at the Library series have included New York Times bestselling authors Terry McMillan, Gregory Maguire, Elizabeth Berg, Jamie Ford, Javaka Steptoe, and David Sheff.

For all events at the library:
champaign.org/events
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