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.


“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,”

Taylor wrote.


“I’m very pleased,” Adichie said on receiving news of the prize. “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.”


Past fiction winners of the Heartland Prize include Jonathan Franzen

for his novel FREEDOM and Marilynne Robinson for her novel GILEAD


The prize will be awarded on November 3, 2013 at an audience-attended

event hosted in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival in




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