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September 26 Event Sponsored by Montgomery College, Gaithersburg Book Festival, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Montgomery County Public Schools and Maryland Humanities to Include Discussion of “Purple Hibiscus”

Montgomery College, the Gaithersburg Book Festival, Montgomery County Public Libraries and Montgomery County Public Schools today announced that they will host, in partnership with Maryland Humanities, “A Conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,” the leading African writer of her generation.

The event is part of One Maryland One Book, a program of Maryland Humanities that is designed to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book. This year’s selection is Adichie’s debut, “Purple Hibiscus,” a novel about the emotional turmoil of adolescence, the powerful bonds of family, and the bright promise of freedom.

Event Details

WHAT:          A Conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

WHEN:          Tuesday, September 26, 2017

                        7 p.m.

WHERE:       Gaithersburg High School Auditorium

                        101 Education Blvd.

                        Gaithersburg, MD 20877           

*This event is free and open to the public.

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About the Author:    

Nigerian born Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the leading African writer of her generation. She grew up on the campus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and left Nigeria for the U.S. at the age of 19. She has been awarded a Hodder fellowship at Princeton University (2005-2006) and a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University (2011-2012). In 2008, Adichie earned a coveted MacArthur Genius Award.

Adichie’s work is read around the world, and has been translated into more than 30 languages. Her first novel “Purple Hibiscus” won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and her second novel, “Half of a Yellow Sun,” won the Orange Prize (now the Bailey’s Women’s Prize), which is the world’s top prize for female writers. Her 2013 novel “Americanah” has received numerous accolades, including the U.S. National Book Critics Circle Award. It was named one of The New York Times Top 10 Best Books of the Year. Her most recent book, “Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions,” was published in March 2017.

She also well known for her 2009 TED Talk, “The Danger of A Single Story,” now one of the top 10 most-viewed TED Talks of all time. Her 2012 TED talk, “We Should All Be Feminists”, started a worldwide conversation about feminism, especially after it inspired a song by Beyoncé. It was published as a book in 2014.

About the Book:       

In “Purple Hibiscus,” 15-year-old Kambili and her older brother Jaja lead a privileged life in Enugu, Nigeria. They live in beautiful house, with a caring family and attend an exclusive missionary school. They’re completely shielded from the troubles of the world. Yet, as Kambili reveals in her tender-voiced account, things are less perfect than they appear. Although her Papa is generous and well respected, he is fanatically religious and tyrannical at home—a home that is silent and suffocating. As the country begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili and Jaja are sent to their aunt, a university professor outside the city, where they discover a life beyond the confines of their father’s authority. Books cram the shelves, curry and nutmeg permeate the air, and their cousins’ laughter rings throughout the house. When they return home, tensions within the family escalate, and Kambili must find the strength to keep her loved ones together.


About Montgomery College

Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.

About the Gaithersburg Book Festival

The Gaithersburg Book Festival is an annual all-day celebration of books, writers and literary excellence. Quickly becoming one of the premier literary events in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, the 2018 Festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 19, on the grounds of Gaithersburg City Hall, in Olde Towne Gaithersburg, Md. Activities will include author appearances, discussions and book signings; writing workshops; a Children’s Village; onsite sales of new and used books; literary exhibitors and food, drink, ice cream and more. FREE admission and shuttle will be available from Shady Grove Metro and Lakeforest Mall. The Gaithersburg Book Festival also hosts author events in Montgomery County throughout the year as a way to encourage continued appreciation for all things literary. For more information please visit or follow on Twitter @GburgBookFest.

About MCPL

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) offers free and equal access to services and resources that connect the people of Montgomery County to ideas and information which sustain and enrich their lives. The diverse community of lifelong learners finds MCPL to be an open, inviting and vital gateway to the information, ideas and enrichment that strengthens the County. A diverse, highly qualified staff continually assesses community needs and interests to support, encourage and inspire residents. MCPL believes in the right of all to learn and to grow. MCPL values intellectual freedom, accountability, quality service, diversity, fairness, professional ethics, integrity of information and respect for customers, community, and Library staff. MCPL is a learning organization that functions openly by exploring new ideas and using the collective talent, knowledge, and creativity of employees at all levels.

About MCPS

Montgomery County Public Schools is the 17th largest school district in the United States with 160,000 students, 205 schools, and more than 23,000 employees. The mission of MCPS is to provide every student with the academic, creative problem solving, and social emotional skills to be successful in college and career. Each year, MCPS works in furtherance of this mission by providing its students with rigorous academic instruction; access to diverse learning opportunities; powerful educational resources; and safe learning environments. We consider our Core Values to be Learning, Relationships, Respect, Excellence and Equity.

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