10/06/2014 02:05 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2014

My Conversation With Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Tonight on PBS I'm joined by acclaimed Nigerian-born novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose novels -- including Americanah, for which she won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Half of a Yellow Sun -- deal with the intersection of race and identity. Half of a Yellow Sun is now a motion picture starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton and can currently be seen on various Starz channels.

In this clip Chimamanda talks about a concept she calls "willful forgetting," which allows us to ignore issues with which we are uncomfortable.

For more of our conversation, be sure to tune in to Tavis Smiley on PBS. Check our website for your local TV listings: