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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.

Purchase tickets for $20 HERE.

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. He is Nonfiction Editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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