An Evening with Nnedi Okorafor

Lawrence Public Library is pleased to host award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor for the 2018 Ross and Marianna Beach Author Series in partnership with Hall Center for Humanities and the Lawrence KS Branch of the NAACP.

Nnedi Okorafor is the acclaimed author of African-based science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism novels and comics for children and adults. Okorafor holds a PhD in literature/creative writing and is an associate professor at the University at Buffalo, New York (SUNY).

Okorafor penned the Marvel Comics Black Panther series used as foundational text for the screenplay of 2018 record-breaking blockbuster film, Black Panther.
Her novel Who Fears Death (World Fantasy Award Winner) is slated for production by HBO with Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin serving as producer.
Her Akata Witch series (New York Times Editor's Choice, Amazon Book of the Year, Barnes and Noble Best Young Adult Book 2017) is affectionately referred to as "Nigerian Harry Potter" by a zealous and sizable fan base.
Okorafor's Binti series has won both the the Nebula and the Hugo Award for Best Novella.
"Okorafor is a literary tour-de-force," said Brad Allen, Lawrence Public Library executive director. "Her evocative settings and memorable characters put her in the same class as other sci-fi and fantasy greats such as Ursula K. Le Guin and Octavia Butler. The library is honored to host her as this year's Beach author."

Nnedi Okorafor has incorporated Nigerian cosmology, creatures her mother told her about, and stories she overheard the elders tell in Nigeria, into her books and short stories.

Despite the fact that her work is classified as speculative, it's actually not so easy to tell what's fact and what is fiction in her work. Nnedi Okorafor will discuss the inspirations behind her highly imaginative works of science fiction and fantasy and prove that "realistic" fiction has many faces.

Doors 6:30 p.m. | Program 7:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
No tickets are required
Seating capacity is 700
Okorafor will discuss the inspirations behind her highly imaginative works of science fiction and fantasy and prove to you that "realistic" fiction has many faces.
Following the program, the Raven Book Store will sell Okorafor's books and will host a book signing
Hall Center for the Humanities Program for Students

Okorafor will visit the Hall Center for the Humanities Fri. Nov. 9 for an intimate conversation with students about her creative writing process.

About the Ross and Marianna Beach Author Series
Named in memory of Lawrence residents Ross and Marianna Beach, the Beach Author Series series brings a prominent author to Lawrence annually. The series debuted in 2014 with James McBride, followed by Karen Russell in 2015, Geraldine Brooks in 2016, and George Saunders in 2017.

Event is in the Main Theater with balcony and floor seating. The top tier of the Main Theater floor is wheelchair accessible. Limited ADA Seating on Floor - Advance purchase may be required

Please be advised that firearms or weapons of any kind are not permitted in Liberty Hall. All entrants to public events may be subject to wanding and/or pat-down and bag searches upon each entry to the facility. Please arrive early to ensure entry prior to event start time.

No outside food or drink. No backpacks or large bags/purses are allowed. Liberty Hall assumes no liability for any items left at the door. For a full list of prohibited items and more information on Liberty Hall policies, visit

Event date: 
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
644 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, KS 66044