Reading and Q&A with Chinelo Okparanta

Tenley-Friendship Library

Reading and Q&A with Chinelo Okparanta

Author of 'Happiness, Like Water'

Chinelo OkparantaJoin us as Chinelo Okparanta reads from her debut story collection, Happiness, Like Water, which was an Editor's Choice in The New York Times  Sunday Book Review. Julie Otsuka, award-winning author of Buddha in the Attic, describes Happiness, Like Water as "A haunting and startlingly original collection of short stories about the lives of Nigerians both at home and in America...a deeply affecting literary debut, the work of a sure and gifted new writer." 

Chinelo Okparanta was born in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria, and was raised there as a Jehovah's Witness. When she was 10, her family relocated to the United States. She received her B.S. from Pennsylvania State University, her M.A. from Rutgers University, and her MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her fiction was shortlisted for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing, and has appeared in The New YorkerGranta and elsewhere. She was recently announced as a finalist for the New York Public Library 2014 Young Lions Fiction Award.

Copies of Happiness, Like Water will be available for purchase and signing by the author. Happiness, Like Water