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Chris Abani
Nigerian author of the bestselling Graceland, and recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award

"Stories of Struggle, Stories of Hope: Art, Politics and Human Rights"
Humanities Lecture Series

Tue., Nov. 17, 2009, 7:30pm
Location: Woodruff Auditorium, Kansas Union
Imprisoned by the Nigerian government as a teenager for his first novel, tortured and placed on death row for subsequent work critical of the government, Abani is one of the most admired novelists in the world today. He is also an evocative speaker whose talks mix the personal and the political, revealing the redemptive power of art to battle tyranny and to remind us of our common humanity.

Abani is the recipient of the PEN Freedom-to-Write Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and many other prizes. His bestselling novel, Graceland, about an Elvis impersonator in Lagos, won the Hemingway/PEN Prize. His other works of fiction include The Virgin of Flames, Becoming Abigail, and the award-winning Song For Night, about a child soldier who has lost his voice. Each was named a New York Times Editor's Choice.

Abani is also the author of five poetry collections and a saxophonist. He received his PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is currently a professor in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside, where he was hired first as a tenured associate professor even before he completed his Ph.D.

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