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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 Obi-Young was born in Aba, Nigeria and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, his short stories include: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Deputy Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the editor of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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