Chris Abani will speak on “Inspirations for Song for Night and Other Writings” as part of the Contemporary Issues Lecture Series/Campus & Community Reading Initiative @7pm on Mon., Nov. 30, in the Irvin L. Young Auditorium.
Chris Abani has gone from being a teenager imprisoned by the Nigerian government for his writings to being professor of creative writing at the University of California-Riverside. Honors he has received include the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, Prince Claus Award (2001), Lannan Literary Fellowship (2003), California Book Award silver medal for fiction (2004), a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, PEN Beyond the Margins Award (2008), and the PEN Hemingway Book Prize. He is a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow in Fiction. Three of his books, The Virgin of Flames, Becoming Abigail, and Song for Night, were New York Times Editor’s Choices.
Best African American fiction 2009 (Andersen Library’s 3rd-floor Main Collection, PS647.A35 B47 2009) contains “Albino crow” by Abani. UWW students and staff may borrow other titles by Chris Abani from other UW campus libraries by using the free Universal Borrowing service. Requested items arrive in 2-4 weekdays.