Broken Places & Outer Spaces is a journey into Nnedi’s mind, from her hospital bed deep into her memories, from her painful first experiences with racism as a child in Chicago to her powerful visits to her parents’ hometown in Nigeria. From Frida Kahlo to Mary Shelley as she examines great artists and writers that have pushed through their limitations, using hardship to fuel their work.
Through her own stories and many other compelling stories, She reveals a universal truth: What we perceive as limitations have the potential to become our greatest strengths—far greater than when we were unbroken.
This will be the first work of non-fiction coming from the prolific science fiction writer, acclaimed Nigerian-American science fiction, fantasy and magical realism writer, has released her first work of non-fiction.
Broken Places & Outer Spaces: Finding Creativity in the Unexpected is her memoir chronicling the journey from being a star athlete to facing paralysis—to her eventual creative awakening. The book is Published by TED Books.
“I’ve been writing this on and off since it all happened,” she explains, The original manuscript is over 300 pages. I *needed* to record every detail while they were fresh, so there are parts of this book that I wrote while I still wasn’t quite able to walk.”Nnedi Okorafor on Twitter.
Starred reviews have already been rolling in for Okorafor’s memoir, where Publisher’s Weekly emphasizes that her story will inspire any reader.
Okorafor is also set to flex her creative muscles in the television world, as she’s established her production company, Africanfuturism Productions, Inc. just a few months ago. She will also be working with Viola Davis and Kenya’s own Wanuri Kahiu (a dream team, really) to develop Octavia Butler’s 1980 novel, Wild Seed, into a series.