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2017 One Maryland One Book Author Conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

September 25, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Meet & Greet with Award-Winning Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Join award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as she discusses her work, including the 2017 One Maryland One Book Purple Hibiscus on September 25, 2017, from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Calvert High School.

When we read a great book, we can’t wait to share the experience and talk about it with others. That’s one of the joys of reading. In that spirit, Maryland Humanities created One Maryland One Book (OMOB) to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book. This year’s book is Purple Hibiscus by award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

“I’m pleased and honored that Purple Hibiscus will be read by many people in the state I call my American home. Literature should ‘instruct and delight’ and I truly hope Marylanders will enjoy reading it.” — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

At this special event, Ms. Adichie will be in conversation with another international best-selling author Nadia Hashimi.  We anticipate enthusiastic response to this event, therefore we are requesting registration in case we need to plan for overflow seating. Seating will be first-come, first-served.

Both Ms. Adichie and Dr. Hashimi will be available to sign copies of their books and answer your questions after their conversation about the 2017 One Maryland One Book, Purple Hibiscus.

Pre-purchase your books for the event and save 25% on Purple Hibiscus, Dear Ijeawele, and We Should All Be Feminists. Must add promotional code OMOB17 and order by September 14 to pick up at the event.

September 25, 2017 | 7:00 PM
Door opens at 6:30 PM

Calvert High School
600 Dares Beach Rd.
Prince Frederick, MD  20678 



About the Book

Fifteen-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in a beautiful house, with a caring family, and attend an exclusive missionary school. They’re completely shielded from the troubles of the world. Yet, as Kambili reveals in her tender-voiced account, things are less perfect than they appear. Although her Papa is generous and well respected, he is fanatically religious and tyrannical at home—a home that is silent and suffocating. As the country begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili and Jaja are sent to their aunt, a university professor outside the city, where they discover a life beyond the confines of their father’s authority. Books cram the shelves, curry and nutmeg permeate the air, and their cousins’ laughter rings throughout the house. When they return home, tensions within the family escalate, and Kambili must find the strength to keep her loved ones together. Purple Hibiscus is an exquisite novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom.

About Chimamanda

Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the leading African writer of her generation. She grew up on the campus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and left Nigeria for the U.S. at the age of 19.

Among her many accolades, Ms. Adichie has been awarded a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University (2005-2006) and a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University (2011-2012). In 2008, Ms. Adichie earned a coveted MacArthur Genius Award.

Ms. Adichie’s work is read around the world and has been translated into over thirty languages. Her first novel Purple Hibiscus won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, won the Orange Prize (now the Bailey’s Women’s Prize), which is the world’s top prize for female writers. Her 2013 novel Americanah has received numerous accolades, including the US National Book Critics Circle Award. It was named one of The New York Times Top Ten Best Books of the Year.

About Nadia

Born and raised in New York and New Jersey to Afghani parents, Nadia Hashimi is now a pediatrician, author, parent and active community member. Her debut novel, The Pearl That Broke Its Shell was released in 2014. She now has three novels and one children’s book published. Another children’s book is due out in early 2018.  The Sky at Our Feet is about a young boy who fears that his mother, an illegal immigrant from Afghanistan, has been deported.  He runs away to New York City to find help. A timely and poignant story about a first-generation American.

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