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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Chosen as Author for West Hartford READS! 2019

Book discussions, which will be held in advance of the author’s visit to West Hartford in October, will be held beginning Aug. 5.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Submitted photo


World-famous author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will visits West Hartford on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. Program details for this West Hartford READS! 2019 event are now being finalized. Ticket information will be released on Monday, Sept. 2, at westhartfordreads.org.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2015 and one of Fortune magazine’s 50 “World’s Greatest Leaders” in 2017. Adichie, who grew up in Nigeria, is a graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University and Yale University.

West Hartford READS! is a town-wide initiative which encourages everyone to read the works of one notable author, and culminates each year with the author visiting West Hartford in October.

Leading up to world-famous author Adichie’s Oct. 24 visit for West Hartford READS, six librarians from across Connecticut will host discussions of Adichie’s books at the Noah Webster Library, 20 South Main St.

Book discussions begin on Monday, Aug. 5 with Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen SuggestionsEvent information, and compete discussion listings, at www.westhartfordreads.org.

Additional discussions/dates are:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 14, Purple Hibiscus. Facilitator: Michele Penn, Law Librarian, New Haven Law Library
  • Monday, Aug. 19, The Thing Around Your Neck. Facilitator: Cindy Haiken, Reference and Readers Advisory Librarian, Wallingford Public Library
  • Wednesday, Aug. 21, We Should All Be Feminists. Facilitator: Tina Panik, Reference & Adult Services Manager, Avon Library
  • Thursday, Sept. 5, Half of a Yellow Sun. Facilitator: Kate Byroade, Director, Cragin Memorial Library, Colchester
  • Tuesday, Sept. 10, Americanah. Facilitator: Bridget Quinn-Carey, CEO, Hartford Public Library.

For book discussions at the Noah Webster Library, park in the nearby Isham Garage. Your parking will be validated at the library. Bypass the parking kiosks in the garage itself. Come directly to the library and head straight for the Information Desk on the main level, where you will enter in your license plate number into a validation tablet. Then proceed to the Board Room on the upper level for the book discussion.

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