Club Book Episode 50 Nnedi Okorafor
Internationally bestselling science fiction and fantasy author Nnedi Okorafor is one of that genre’s most unique contemporary voices. Her spell-binding work is inspired by her rich West African heritage. Titles of particular note include the post-apocalyptic Who Fears Death (2010), winner of the prestigious World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, and its 2016 prequel The Book of Phoenix, which was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Okorafor’s equally popular young adult books include Akata Witch (2011), affectionately dubbed “the Nigerian Harry Potter” by fans, and Zahrah the Windseeker (2005), winner of multiple prizes for pan-African literature. A screenplay for Zahrah the Windseeker is currently in the works, and both Who Fears Death and Akata Witch have also been optioned for films. In addition to her novel-length work, Okorafor also pens short fiction, including the recent Hugo and Nebula award-winning science fiction novella Binti (2015).