Common Reads Program

Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will speak at Penn State's Eisenhower Auditorium as part of Penn State's new common reading program. We want to give our new students an opportunity to check out Adichie's newest book, Americanah, before the live event. Complete the form below to receive a complimentary copy. (Please submit your request by September 15 - we want you to have plenty of time to receive and read the book prior to the live-streamed event.)

About Chimamanda Ngozi AdichieChimamanda Ngozie Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria. Her work has been translated into thirty languages and earned numerous prestigious awards. Her latest novel, Americanah, explores themes of love, race, globalization and self-identity, and will surely generate thought provoking discussions.

The Story of Americanah

Americanah tells the story of Ifemelu and Obinze, who are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to struggle with racial identity and prejudice for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but found post-9/11 America closed to him, so he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and their homeland.

Watch the Live Event Online

Chimamanda is speaking at Penn State on Monday, October 13 — and we will be streaming the speech so you can watch it live, online! Watch the live-streamed event.

The live online broadcast of this speech is being brought to you by World Campus and WPSU. The Penn State Reads program is administered by Undergraduate Education, Student Affairs, the Office for Student Orientation and Transition Programs, and the University Libraries.

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