Penn State Reads - Common Reading Program

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Americanah, will speak at Penn State’s Schwab Auditorium as part of Penn State’s common reading program on Monday, October 13, at 7:30 p.m. ET. Penn State Reads is a program designed to provide a shared experience among new students who read the same book and engage with each other in a dialogue about the concepts introduced.

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.

Get Involved

Read the Book

A limited amount of complimentary copies of the book have now been claimed. You can still participate in the live event with Penn State Reads. Copies of Adichie's book may be available for purchase, download, or borrowed through your local library. 

Submit a Question to the Author

Email your questions to to be answered by the author during the live event on October 13, 2014.

Participate in the Live Stream Event

Chimamanda will speak at Penn State on Monday, October 13 — and we will be streaming the speech so you can watch it live, online! Registration for the Live Stream will open on Monday, October 6 — visit this page again then to register for the 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.