We’re in awe of writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and so proud to be honoring her at the 2015 Girls Write Now Awards. The Nigerian novelist and short story writer is the author of award-winning novels Americanah (selected by The New York Times as one of the Ten Best Books of 2013) and Half a Yellow Sun (winner of the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction and a New York Times Notable Book), and her short stories have been published in The New Yorker‘s “20 Under 40” Fiction Issue, as well as The Best American Short Stories of 2011.
Adichie is not only known for her fiction; her essay, We Should All Be Feminists (inspired by her popular Tedx talk of the same name), draws on her own experiences and explores the question of what feminism means today. The message she delivers of affirming the importance of calling ourselves feminists is an essential one, and we’re so excited to give her a round of applause in person.
We were lucky enough to have Adichie join as our keynote speaker for our June 2010 CHAPTERS Reading. Take a look at her inspiring talk here:
On experiencing Girls Write Now and hearing the girls perform their work, Chimamanda remembers feeling inspired. “Watching those girls, I felt as though there was reason to believe in the power of writing again, as though things long tarnished had suddenly become shiny, and I returned to my own writing with a sense of renewed purpose.”
You’re invited to the 2015 Girls Write Now Awards! Help us honor Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and fellow honorees Juju Chang (Co-Anchor, ABC News Nightline) and Pamela Paul (Editor, The New York Times Book Review) with emcee Mariane Pearl (Journalist and Managing Editor, Chime for Change) at Three Sixty° Tribeca on May 19. Purchase your tickets and reserve your place – we hope to see you there!