For immediate release | May 13, 2019

African-Based Science Fiction Author Nnedi Okorafor Selected as ALA President's Program Speaker at 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition

Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American author of African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism for children and adults. Her works include Who Fears Death, currently in development at HBO for a TV series, the Binti novella trilogy, The Book of Phoenix, the Akata books, and Lagoon. She has written comics for Marvel, including Black Panther: Long Live the King, Wakanda Forever, featuring the Dora Milaje, and the Shuri series. She is currently creating and co-writing the adaptation of Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed with actress Viola Davis and Kenyan film director Wanuri Kahiu. This session will take place on Sunday, June 23, 3:00 – 5:30pm at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Her science fiction comic series LaGuardia, published by Dark Horse Comics, was released in late 2018 and her TED Books memoir, Broken Places & Outer Spaces is scheduled for June 2019 release. Her debut novel Zahrah the Windseeker won the prestigious Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa and she has won the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Locus, and Lodestar Awards.

Her appearance at the conference is sponsored by Dark Horse Comics.

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Advance registration rates are available through Friday, June 14, 2019, 12:00 Noon (Central).

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