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Ahead of the release of his second novel An Orchestra of Minorities, Chigozie Obioma will be in conversation with Kwame Dawes at the Johnny Carson Center in Downtown Lincoln, NE on January 8, 2019.

The event, themed “An Evening with Chigozie Obioma and Kwame Dawes,” is sponsored by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Department of English and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor. Both authors, who are professors at the school, will read from their new books and, after their conversation, a book signing will follow.

Date: January 8, Tuesday

Time: 5.30 p.m.

Venue: Johnny Carson Center, Downtown Lincoln, Nebraska

The arrival of Obioma’s 464-page second novel is one we tracked for over a year: from when Little, Brown acquired rights to it in May 2017 to the cover and publication date reveal in January 2018. Originally slated to be called The Falconer, the beautifully titled novel is, according to The Bookseller, “about the life of a troubled young poultry farmer who sacrifices everything to win the woman he loves,” and is narrated by the protagonist’s chi, his personal god in Igbo cosmology. The book has been hailed by its publishers as “an epic of Igbo civilisation.”

Find out all you need to know about Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities HERE.

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Otosirieze is deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an 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 the curator of 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 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 combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. 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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