Chimamanda To Be A Headliner At The 2022 New Yorker Festival
Nigeria’s Best-selling writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the distinguished writers expected at the 2022 New Yorker Festival, which holds between 7 and 9 October.
The multiple award-winning writer who is tagged a feminist will be in conversation with Hari Kunzru on 8 October at the SVA Theatre in New York.
The event will be moderated by Parul Seghal and their conversations will be centred on writing and race.
The New Yorker Festival, which was first held in 1999 is an annual event organized by the New Yorker magazine to celebrate the arts and ideas.
The three-day event will feature leading figures from the worlds of writing, film, comedy, music and more. Usually, it is held in venues in and around New York city every October, bringing together “a who’s who of the arts, politics and everything in between.”
The festival, which is in its 23rd year, has become a major draw for cultural icons. It offers an array of panels, performances, screenings, and conversations.
However, the forthcoming festival will go an extra mile to prove the New Yorker’s unwavering commitment to the celebration of culture, the arts and ideas. For the twenty-third year in a row, readers of the magazine, writers and editors will gather with some of the worlds most influential minds for the festival.
The participants at this year’s event will include some of the most fascinating and creative authors, filmmakers, comedians, chefs and musicians of our time. They include big names such as Bono, Quinta, Brunson, Ben Stiller, Chloe Bailey, and United States’ representative Jamie Raskin.
The Irish rock star Bono will be in conversation with the New Yorker’s editor, David Remnick, about his new memoir, Surrender: 40 songs, One Story as well as his decades as an activist and musician. The memoir will be later released in November.
“Like so many memoirs that I’ve read, the most intriguing part is how someone becomes himself or herself,” said Remnick in an interview.
However, this is not the first time that Chimamanda, who is in hot demand globally will be a guest at the festival.
In 2009, she was a guest at the festival where she read from her 2009 collection of stories, The Thing Around Your Neck. The hall was filled with a thrilling audience and one of her fans suggested a Nobelist in the making during the Q&A.
In 2011, Chimamanda was in conversation with Aleksander Hemon and Hisham Matar. She spoke on exile. The event was moderated by Philip Gourevitch.
In 2017, she was in conversation with David Remnick in which she talked about the black experience in America and how the left often cannibalizes itself.
That event turned out to be epochal as it held the year after Donald Trump became President of the United States.
Chimamanda’s speech was a wake-up call as she critiqued the left for failing to prioritize and work together for unity.
“I think the left doesn’t know how to be a tribe, in the way that the right does,” she said. “The left is very cannibalistic. It eats its own.”
In 2021, Chimamanda was also in conversation with Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Jamaica Kincaid. They spoke about race in America and beyond. The event was moderated by Jelani Cobb.