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Monday, July 1, 2013

Wednesday, July 3 - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Wednesday night at 8 on Bibliocracy Radio, KPFK 90.7 FM:  CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE.  My guest this week is celebrated worldwide for her literary ambassadorship on behalf of curiosity, candor, keen observation and urgent storytelling with both ambitious reach and accuracy.  Her confident, complex and richly detailed prose arrives with gravitas and humor, politics and the interconnectedness of perspectives which seem to demand one another.  I have not been so convinced by a writer of the verity of her portrayals about how we are living, seeing, thinking since reading Doris Lessing.  Yes, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is my guest tonight, and what a lucky host I am.  Author of the previous novels Half of A Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus, Adichie has earned both prizes and critical acclaim, as well as an international following.  She is the recepient of a MacArthur Fellowship and author of a short story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck.   In her newest, Americanah, the construction of a two principle characters across time and place accommodates elegantly her keen and provocative analysis of life on three continents.  One of the best books of the year.  Thanks for listening on the radio, or online, or as a free download from the station archives.  “Friend” me on Facebook, why dontcha?

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