Writers at Newark Reading Series

Paul Robeson Gallery

Reading with Chimamanda Adichie and Uzodinma Iweala

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. She is the author of the novels PURPLE HIBISCUS (2003) and HALF A YELLOW SON (2006), and she has recently published a collection of short stories titled THE THING AROUND YOUR NECK (2009).  She has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction (2007) and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2008).

Uzodinma (Uzo) Iweala is the author of BEASTS OF NO NATION. The novel, his debut, came out of his undergraduate thesis work at Harvard and was conducted under the supervision of writer Jamaica Kincaid. Iweala, born in 1982, hails from Washington, D.C. and Nigeria. BEASTS OF NO NATION, which depicts a child soldier in an unnamed African country, was published in 2005 to considerable critical acclaim. In 2007, Iweala was named one of Granta magazine’s 20 best young American novelists. Iweala’s mother, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is the former Finance Minister and Foreign Minister of Nigeria. Iweala attended medical school at Columbia University and now lives in the Boston area.