TransAfrica's Readers' Corner Featuring Americanah

The next regular meeting of TransAfrica’s Arthur R. Ashe, Jr. Foreign Policy Library Readers’ Corner will be held Sunday, July 13, 2014 2:30 to 4:30 PM, featuring the book Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2013 & 2014, Knopf, Anchor, 496pp.).

Venue: Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th Street, NW, WTD Meeting Room, Washington, DC 20001, (Nearest Metro Station: Shaw-Howard University on Green and Yellow Lines R Street Entrance).

Americanah is now in stock at Teaching for Change Bookstore at Busboys and Poets (14 & V Streets, NW) and discounted 20%, both in the store and online.  In the bookstore, there is a pile on the table, with a sign indicating that it is the current selection of TransAfrica’s Readers' Corner - with the date and location of the meeting.  To buy the book online with the 20% discount click here.

Publication Description: One of The New York Times's Ten Best Books of the Year.  Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.  An NPR "Great Reads" Book, a Chicago Tribune Best Book, a Washington Post Notable Book, a Seattle Times Best Book, an Entertainment Weekly Top Fiction Book, a Newsday Top 10 Book, and a Goodreads Best of the Year pick.

A powerful, tender story of race and identity by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun.  Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West.  Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time.  Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London.  Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland. 

About the Author:  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria.  Her work has been translated into thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope: All-Story.  She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book, and a People and Black Issues Book Review Best Book of the Year; and, most recently, the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck.  A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

For more information or to join the Readers’ Corner email or call 202.223.1960 ext. 137.