Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is scheduled to receive a Heartland Prize for her latest novel ‘Americanah’.
‘Americanah’, which has now been translated into thirty languages and covers several topics such as ‘identity, displacement and dislocation’.
Elizabeth Taylor, the literary editor of the Chicago Tribune, spoke highly of Americanah book stating:
“We loved AMERICANAH. It’s a powerful, resonant novel and we would be delighted to celebrate it and try to share it with a wider audience,”
Adichie has also expressed her gratitude saying: “I’m very pleased, you never know what will happen when you write a novel. And for me, a Nigerian, to have written this book which is partly about America, and to receive this quintessentially American prize means that I have said something about America as seen through Nigerian eyes that Americans find interesting. I take that as a wonderful compliment. It reminds me of the ability of literature to make us become briefly alive in bodies not our own.”
The award ceremony will take place on November 3, 2013 in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival.
About the Heartland Prize
In 1988, The Chicago Tribune newspaper set up the Heartland Prize to ‘annually recognize a novel and work of non-fiction that reinforce and perpetuate the values of heartland America’. The Heartland prize represents the Tribunes ongoing commitment to support literacy’.
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