July 20th, 2009 – Hour 1

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the award winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus.  Born in Nigeria to parents who worked at the University of Nigeria, she moved to the United States when she was 19 and attended Drexel University and Eastern Connecticut State University for undergraduate studies. She received a Master’s Degree in writing from Johns Hopkins University.  She is the recipient of the Best First Book award in the 2005 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Purple Hibiscus and the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction for her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun.  In 2008, Adichie also won a $500,000 MacArthur Foundation fellowship,


Her new work is a collection of short stories titled That Thing Around Your Neck.  This collection of 12 stories focuses mainly on the experiences of Nigerian woman, many of whom have emigrated to the United States and are struggling with their identity as immigrants.  She joined Marc to discuss this new work.