Friday, 19 July 2013

And The 2013 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize Goes To…Chimamanda Adichie!

All she does is winning and there is no way the world won’t know her value.
Nigerian Author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel “Americanah
has just won the 2013 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for fiction.
Late Elizerbeth Taylor, the then literary editor for the Chicago Tribune had said, “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,”
The Heartland Prize was created in 1988 by the Chicago Tribune Newspaper to award annually, fiction and non-fiction books that are concerned with American issues, causes and worries.
The popular author expressed her joy on receiving the good news stating that,  “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.
I am very pleased” she concluded.


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