Literary Partners Program: Kweli International Literary Festival
Chika Unigwe on Better Never Than Late with E.C. Osondu
Aug 20, 2020 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Author Chika Unigwe reads from her book Better Never Than Late and has a conversation with E.C. Osondu.
Better Never Than Late charts the unconventional lives and love affairs of a group of Nigerian migrants, making their way in Belgium. The collection is centered around Prosperous and her husband Agu, and the various visitors who gather at their apartment each week. These interconnected stories explore their struggles and triumphs, from unhappy marriages (of convenience or otherwise), to the pain of homesickness, and the tragic paradox in longing to leave Nigeria so that you may one day return to it.
This event is made possible through the Poets House Literary Partners program.
Chika Unigwe is a Nigerian writer and author of four novels and a collection of short stories. Her short stories and essays have appeared in various journals including The New York Times, The Guardian, Aeon, Wasafiri, Transition, Guernica, Agni and the Kenyon Review. She teaches Creative Writing at Georgia College, Milledgeville. She earned a PhD from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, for her dissertation entitled “In the Shadow of Ala: Igbo Women Writing as an Act of Righting”. Chika has received a number of awards for her writing, including the 2012 NLNG Prize for Literature, for her novel On Black Sisters’ Street. She is the recipient of a number of fellowships, including the 2014 Sylt Fellowship for African Writers. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.