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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be delivering the second annual Eudora Welty Lecture at Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C., after which she will receive a $20,000 honorarium. The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, and tickets are now on sale to the general public for $20.

Inspired by lectures the author Eudora Welty delivered at Harvard University in 1983 as part of the William E. Massey Sr. series, the Eudora Welty Lecture is hosted as a partnership between the PEN/Faulkner Foundation and the Eudora Welty Foundation, and is a featured part of the PEN/Faulkner Reading Series each year. The event’s lecturers, “chosen from the most prominent writers working in the English language today,” are expected to give “an original talk on the topic of their creative origins, and receives a $20,000 honorarium.” The first lecture, in 2016, was delivered by Salman Rushdie.

A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the American Book Award for Fiction, and the Gold Medal for the Novel, Eudora Welty’s best-known works include the novels The Optimist’s Daughter and Delta Wedding, and the short story collection A Curtain of Green.

When she debuted with Purple Hibiscus in 2003, Adichie earned a comparison to Eudora Welty from the Boston Globe, who noted that “Adichie’s understanding of a young girl’s heart is so acute that her story ultimately rises above its setting and makes her little part of Nigeria seem as close and vivid as Eudora Welty’s Mississippi.” Before her lecture, Adichie will be introduced by W. Ralph Eubanks, visiting professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi, former editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review, and the author of The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South.

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OTOSIRIEZE is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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