Adichie, Nigerian Writer, Reads at Queens College

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Queens College’s renowned Evening Readings series presents Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in conversation with WNYC radio host Leonard Lopate on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at 7 pm in the Music Building.  Tickets are $20.

Adichie, who will read from her work, is widely regarded as one of Nigeria’s greatest writers. She is a recipient of the Orange Broadband Prize, the O’Henry Prize, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.  Her works include the novels Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun, as well as the collection of stories The Thing Around Your Neck.

Critical praise for Adichie’s work abounds—Vanity Fair has said: “The stories in The Thing Around Your Neck are so exquisite they grab you by the throat and stop your heart.” The Minneapolis Star Tribune: “A fiction writer’s job is to create a world so detailed, evocative and emotionally true that, like Alice, you fall into it. Adichie does exactly that.” And from The Christian Science Monitor: “Adichie gives us what a first-rate writer should: a keen yet poignant view of the contradictions of the human condition…deftly assembled, powerful.”

Joyce Carol Oates has called Adichie’s novel, Half a Yellow Sun, “Vividly written, thrumming with life . . . a remarkable novel. In its compassionate intelligence, as in its capacity for intimate portraiture, this novel is a worthy successor to such twentieth-century classics as Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and V. S. Naipaul’s A Bend in the River.”

For more information about the Evening Readings, founded and directed by QC English Professor Joseph Cuomo, visit or call (718) 997-4646.

Now in its 36th anniversary season, the Evening Readings series has attracted the world’s most famous and accomplished writers.  The current season will conclude with an appearance by E. L. Doctorow on April 24.

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