UPDATE: THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO AN ILLNESS IN ADICHIE'S FAMILY. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK HERE.
A native of Nigeria, Adichie has received numerous accolades for her work throughout her relatively short writing career. A 2005-2006 Hodder Fellow at Princeton, Adichie also received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2008 in recognition of her creativity and accomplishment. The author graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2001, received a master's degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University and is a 2008 Yale University graduate with a masters in African Studies.
She published her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, in 2005 at the age of 26. The novel went on to win the Best First Novel in the 2005 Commonwealth Writer's Prize. Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, was released in 2006 and received acclaim from such publications as The New York Times Book Review and The Los Angeles Times, garnering Adichie the Orange Prize for fiction. Her newest release, a collection of short stories entitled The Thing Around Your Neck, has been similarly lauded.
Chinua Achebe, a Nigerian novelist and author of the most widely read book in modern African literature, Things Fall Apart, said regarding Adichie: "We do not usually associate wisdom with beginners, but here is a new writer endowed with the gift of ancient storytellers. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie knows what is at stake, and what to do about it. She is fearless, or she would not have taken on the intimidating horror of Nigeria's civil war. Adichie came almost fully made." With such lofty credentials and continuous praise, The Cabin will end the 2009 Readings and Conversations series with a leather-bound bang.
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., $12-$28, The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-331-8000, thecabinidaho.org.