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Nnedi Okorafor
Works at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Great NPR story, proud to be a part of it.
For years, black authors stood out in science fiction and fantasy because there were so few. Now, says Alaya Dawn Johnson, though there are still obstacles, black authors are making themselves heard.
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LAGOON has been shortlist for a British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel. :-D!!!!!
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Congrats!
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I’ve loved fantasy and science fiction novels ever since I picked up A Wrinkle in Time in elementary school. I was making the leap from picture books to chapter books, and was pleased to find out that chapter books weren’t stuck by the boring limitations of “reality” like I feared. That’s what I
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Awesome collection! Time to head back to the library!
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THE BOOK OF PHOENIX makes Publishers Weekly's Most Anticipated in Spring 2015 list. :-)
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Listen to me, Sofia Samatar, Laruen Buekes and Ellah Wakatama Allfrey on NPR talking about "New African Fiction": 
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A shout out to Akata Witch :-D
Earlier this month, Time released a list of The 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time, which was less, well, young adult than you might expect. While it stands as a collection of 100 worthwhile reads, many are more reasonably classified as children's, middle grade, or even adult titles. An
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Just learned Lagoon has been nominated for an SFX Award. grin emoticon! You can vote for it here (it's at the 10th slide, I think).
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Sounds like the perfect Award for this novel; plenty of tentacles in Lagoon. :-D
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Who Fears Death gets a shout out here:
If filmmakers and studios are too lazy to come up with stories about women, here are 20 ideas they're welcome to steal.
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"On May 7 in the UK, Hodder & Stoughton will publish a prequel of sorts to Nigerian-American novelist Nnedi Okorafor’s breakthrough book, Who Fears Death? It’s called The Book of Phoenix, and it’s about an “abomination.”"
British Fiction Focus: Cover design and publishing info for Nnedi Okorafor's The Book of Phoenix
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Lagoon has made Locus's Recommended Reading List. :-)! You can vote for it to win a Locus Award (the Best SF Category):
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We are absolutely thrilled to be able to share our cover for Nnedi Okorafor’s forthcoming novel, THE BOOK OF PHOENIX, today. As with LAGOON before, THE BOOK OF PHOENIX’s stunning cover is by the award-winning South African illustrator Joey Hi-Fi. We’re sure you’ll agree that this is stunning. There is no book about me. Well, …
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wow - very different graphical style to the DAW one!
Do you know when H&S will make the ARCs available?
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  • University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
    Associate Professor, 2014 - present
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Professor and award-winning author of Who Fears Death (DAW), Akata Witch (Penguin), Zahrah the Windseeker (Houghton Mifflin), and The Shadow Speaker (Disney)
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Nnedi is the international award-winning author of Who Fears Death (DAW, June 2010), Zahrah the Windseeker (HM), The Shadow Speaker (Disney), and Akata Witch (Penguin Books, 2011)
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winner of the World Fantasy Award, The Wole soyinka Prize, The Macmillan Prize, and The Parallax Award.
Education
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Rhetoric- BA, 1992 - 1996
  • Michigan State University
    Journalism- MA, 1996 - 1999
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
    Literature- MA, 2001 - 2003
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
    Literature- PhD, 2003 - 2007
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