AMERICANAH Wins One Book, One New York Campaign
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s AMERICANAH, published by Alfred A. Knopf and Anchor, is the winner of the first annual One Book, One New York campaign to get all New Yorkers to read the same book at the same time. The campaign (#OneBookNY) is spearheaded by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (@MadeinNY) and Commissioner Julie Menin (@JulieMenin), who announced the results today. Our congratulations to Ms. Adiche and everyone at Knopf and Anchor.
Robin Desser, Vice President, Editorial Director, Alfred A. Knopf, said, “We are delighted that New York City has chosen Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s AMERICANAH as the inaugural winner of the One Book, One New York program. This dazzling novel about a young woman from Nigeria who comes to America allows us to see our country with fresh eyes. Told with biting wisdom and humor, it’s a story about love, race and identity that feels more timely now than ever. AMERICANAH is destined to resonate among New Yorkers who share a common belief: that wherever we may come from, all our stories matter.”
Two other Penguin Random House titles, THE BRIEF WONDROUS LIFE OF OSCAR WAO by Junot Díaz (Riverhead) and BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Spiegel & Grau/Random House), were also among the five One Book, One New York finalists – with New Yorkers casting their votes online throughout the month of February.
AMERICANAH received the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, among other honors.