A Special Post-Festival Event Will Feature Nnedi Okorafor, Gregory Tate And Ingrid LaFleur










LAS VEGAS – Sept. 12, 2018 – Nnedi Okorafor, Gregory Tate and Ingrid LaFleur will participate in the 2018 "Las Vegas Book Festival After Dark" program Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St., at 7:30 p.m. Inspired by Tate’s essay and address on Afrofuturism, the panel discussion is titled "The Pioneering of the Self in All Spaces: Afrofuturism and the Black-Body-Psyche Unbound." It is free and open to the public.



International award-winning novelist Okorafor is known for her African-based science fiction, fantasy and magical realism. Author of Marvel’s “Black Panther” comics, The New York Times bestselling author weaves African culture into creative settings and memorable characters. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Nebula, Hugo Award and Africana Book Award. Her adult novel, “Who Fears Death,” will be adapted into a television series by author George R.R. Martin and HBO.



Tate, a founding member of the Black Rock Coalition, is a veteran staff writer for well-known publications, including The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, VIBE and The New York Times.  He also has taught at New York University, Yale University, Williams College and Princeton University.



Recently a mayoral candidate for Detroit, LaFleur is an artist, activist and Afrofuturist. Her platform brought the idea of an Afrotopia and “the equitable distribution of the future” into Detroit politics. She has led conversations and workshops at Centre Pompidou in Paris, TEDxBrooklyn, TEDxDetroit, Harvard University and Oxford University.





The panel will be moderated by writer and radio producer Niela Orr, a current Black Mountain Institute writer-in-residence; her work has been featured in The New York Times Book Review, BuzzFeed and Elle. 





 For updates and more information, visit www.lasvegasbookfestival.com.