Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Nnedi Okorafor is an American-born writer of fantasy and speculative fiction. Her novels and stories reflect both her West African heritage and her American life.
She is the author of The Shadow Speaker (Hyperion/Jump at the Sun) and Zahrah the Windseeker (Houghton Mifflin). Zahrah is the winner of the Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa. It was also shortlisted for the 2005 Carl Brandon Parallax and Kindred Awards and a finalist for the Garden State Teen Book Award and the Golden Duck Award. The Shadow Speaker was a Booksense Pick for Winter 2007/2008, a Tiptree Honor Book, a finalist for the Essence Magazine Literary Award, the Andre Norton Award and the Golden Duck Award and an NAACP Image Award nominee.
Okorafor's children's book, Long Juju Man, is the 2007/08 winner of the Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines, including Dark Matter II, Strange Horizons, Moondance magazine and Writers of the Future Volume XVIII. She received a 2001 Hurston/Wright literary award  for her story "Amphibious Green."
Okorafor holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is a professor of creative writing at Chicago State University and lives with her family in Illinois.
Zahrah the Windseeker
Who Fears Death
The Shadow Speaker
Long Juju Man
The Albino Girl
Seeds of Change