Highland Park Literary Festival: Nnedi Okorafor

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The 23rd annual Highland Park Literary Festival announces international award-winning novelist and NY Times bestselling author Nnedi Okorafor as the 2019 Keynote Speaker. Dr. Okorafor was born in the United States to two Nigerian immigrant parents. She writes African-based science fiction and fantasy for both children and adults. She is the author of the Black Panther: Long Live the King book by Marvel Comics. Marvel Comics just announced Dr. Okorafor will be the author of the new standalone comic book series about Black Panther’s little sister Shuri.

Dr. Okorafor has a passionate YA following for her Binti series. Her children’s book Chicken in the Kitchen won an Africana Book Award. Other books have won the Nebula and Hugo Awards. Dr. Okorafor’s breakout novel Who Fears Death, which is set in a post-apocalyptic Africa, was optioned by HBO and is in development for HBO as a TV series. George R. R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones, is an executive producer of the show.

Keynote at 7:00 pm
Book signing from 8:00 to 8:45 pm

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