Alert! Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has won the quintessentially American 2013 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for fiction for her novel Americanah, which explores the experiences of Nigerian immigrants in the US.
Nigeria’s Daily Post quotes Elizabeth Taylor, the literary editor of the Chicago Tribune, as saying that Americanah is “a powerful, resonant novel”. Adichie said that, to her, winning the prize means “I have said something about America as seen through Nigerian eyes that Americans find interesting”.
The prize will be bestowed on Adichie at a gala event at the Chicago Humanities Festival in November. At the same event Edward Albee will receive the Chicago Tribune Literary Prize and Thomas Dyja will be given the Heartland Prize for nonfiction for his book The Third Coast.
Americanah is Adichie’s third novel, following two other award-winning books. She was awarded the 2005 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for her debut, Purple Hibiscus, and the 2007 Orange Prize for her second book, Half of a Yellow Sun.
What is the Heartland? A swath of land situated between the coasts? Sure, but it is also a place marked by richly developed cultural traditions and an incubator for fresh, new ideas. It’s cities and small towns. It’s apple pie and Alinea. It’s a place to find a home and to lose yourself.
This year’s Literary Prize and Heartland Prize winners — Edward Albee, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Thomas Dyja — express those sentiments with writing that reflects the variety of people, places and morals that make up the vast locale known as the Heartland. The awards, which are presented by the Chicago Tribune in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival, will be presented in November.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel AMERICANAH has been awarded the 2013 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for fiction.
The Heartland Prize is a literary prize created in 1988 by the Chicago Tribune Newspaper.
According to Elizabeth Taylor, the literary editor of the Chicago Tribune, the prize is awarded yearly in two categories, fiction and non-fiction, to books that are concerned with American issues, causes and concerns.
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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