Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology Lecture Series: Nnedi Okorafor

Friday, February 24, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Venue: Erik Jonsson Academic Center (JO)
Season: 2016-2017

Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology Lecture Series: The Power of Science Fiction At Home About the Lecture: Nnedi Okorafor talks about intersteller citizenship, the concept of home, the Nigerian American experience and how it’s all science fiction. About the Speaker: Nnedi Okorafor is a novelist of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for both children and adults. Born in the United States to Nigerian immigrant parents, Okorafor is known for weaving African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters. Okorafor’s novels include Who Fears Death (winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and Le Prix Imaginales for Best Translated Novel), Akata Witch (an Best Book of the Year), Zahrah the Windseeker (winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for African Literature), and The Shadow Speaker (winner of the CBS Parallax Award). Her latest releases include her short story collection Kabu Kabu and science fiction novel Lagoon (finalist for Best Novel in the British Science Fiction Association award for Best Novel and a Red Tentacle Award for Best Novel). Her adult novel The Book of Phoenix (a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award) was released in 2015 and her young adult novel Akata Witch 2: Akata Warrior will be released in Fall 2017. In September 2015, Lantana Publishing released her children's book Chicken in the Kitchen (winner of Children’s Africana Book Award for Best Book for Young Readers) and released her space opera novella Binti (winner of the Nebula and Hugo Awards for Best Novella) to critical acclaim. Okorafor is currently working with Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu (Pumzi) on developing their feature film Camel Racer with Triggerfish Animation Studios (South Africa). Okorafor has had several short stories published in anthologies, magazines, and journals. She is also an Associate Professor of creative writing and literature at the University at Buffalo (SUNY).
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