Chigozie Obioma

Chigozie Obioma

AViD Presents: Chigozie Obioma
Monday, April 22, 7:00 PM
, Central Library

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The Nigerian-born author Chigozie Obioma burst onto the literary scene in 2015 with his debut novel, The Fishermen, which won multiple national and international awards – including an NAACP Image Award – and was a finalist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize. It was later adapted into a stage play in the United Kingdom. In 2015, Obioma was also named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers. His much-anticipated second novel, An Orchestra of Minorities, released Jan. 8, is a twist on Homer’s epic, The Odyssey, written in the style of the Nigerian Igbo tradition.

Chigozie Obioma's Books

  • An Orchestra of Minorities
    Chigozie Obioma

    Spanning continents, traversing the earth and cosmic spaces, and told by a narrator who has lived for hundreds of years, the novel is a contemporary twist of Homer's Odyssey. Written in the mythic style of the Igbo literary tradition, Chigozie Obioma weaves a heart-wrenching epic about destiny and determination.

  • The Fishermen
    Chigozie Obioma

    In a Nigerian town in the mid 1990s, four brothers encounter a madman whose mystic prophecy of violence threatens the core of their close-knit family.


Event Info:

  • The event is free and open to the public
  • Doors open at 6:00 PM
  • Seating is first-come, first-served
  • Free parking available:
    • In the parking garage off of Grand Ave. underneath the library
    • In the parking lot located on the corner of 10th St. and Grand Ave. across the street from the library, courtesy of Principal.
  • Books will be available for purchase before and after the program, courtesy of Beaverdale Books
  • Following the program, Obioma will do a book-signing.

Related Links:

"An Orchestra of Minorities Review: Chigozie Obioma's Cosmic Novel of Nigeria is Rich and Rewarding" - Newsday

"An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma Review - A Stunning Leap Forwards" - The Guardian

"Chigozie Obioma: By the Book" - The New York Times

"Chigozie Obioma Follows Up Man Booker Finalist with the Transcendent Orchestra of Minorities" - The Seattle Times

"Review: An Orchestra of Minorities, by Chigozie Obioma" - Minneapolis Star-Tribune

"The Spirit Tells the Story in Orchestra of Minorities" - NPR