Cincinnati-Native and Science Fiction Author Nnedi Okorafor to Speak at Main Library Branch

Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor will speak at the Main Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County May 2.

May 1, 2019 at 3:16 pm
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Nnedi Okorafor

Wakanda, forever!

Cincinnati-native Nnedi Okorafor — an award-winning author who writes African-based science-fiction, fantasy and magical realism — will speak Thursday, May 2 at the Main Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. 

The talk will take place at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $5. Reception tickets are also available — a $100 ticket includes the opportunity to meet Okorafor, light appetizers, drinks, reserved seating and a signed copy of Binti: The Complete Trilogy. 

If you can't make it downtown, watch parties will take place at the Anderson Township, North Central, Sharonville and Symmes Township library branches. 

The Nigerian-American writer's work is known for weaving "African culture into creative evocative settings and memorable characters," according to a release. 

She has authored graphic novels within Marvel's Black Panther universe, including Long Live the King and Wakanda Forever. Come May 7, another comic will be published — Shuri: The Search for Black Panther, which follows the adventures of Black Panther T'Challa's whip-smart sister.  

Okorafor is also known for her novella Binti, the winner of both the Nebula and Hugo Awards, and the two sequels that followed. Among her many other recognitions, she received a Black Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Literature in 2012 for Zahrah the Windseeker; and in 2011 was recognized for the best novel at The World Fantasy Awards for Who Fears Death. 

In a 2017 TED Talk, she explained that her science fiction has different ancestors: African ones.

"I can best explain the difference between classic science fiction and Afrofuturism if I use the octopus analogy. Like humans, octopuses are some of the most intelligent creatures on earth, however, octopus intelligence has evolved from a different evolutionary line separate from that of human beings so the foundation is different," she says in the video. "The same can be said about the foundations of various forms of science fiction.

"Science fiction is one of the greatest and most effective forms of political writing. It's all about the question 'What if?' Still, not all science fiction has the same ancestral bloodline — that line being Western-rooted science fiction, which is mostly white and male." 

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