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Lupita Nyong’o to Star in the ‘Americanah’ Movie Adaptation

Lupita Nyong'oAcademy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o (pictured, via) will star in and serve as a producer for Americanah film adaptation.

According to BuzzFeed, the story in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel follows “a young Nigerian woman who emigrates to America for a university education.”

As of this writing, no release date has been announced.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Takes The National Book Critics Circle Prize

AdichieChimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has won the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC)’s prize for fiction for her book Americanah. The Knopf title is about a young woman’s struggles after she moves from Lagos to New York.

The author has won a number of awards for her previous books.  She won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, as well the 2006 Orange Broadband Prize a PEN Beyond Margins award and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for her novel Half of a Yellow Sun.

Sheri Fink ’s  Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital took the prize for general nonfiction. Amy Wilentz‘s Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter From Haiti took the prize for autobiography. Leo Damrosch‘s Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World won the biography award. Franco Moretti‘s work Distant Reading won the prize for criticism. Frank Bidart‘s book Metaphysical Dog was awarded the poetry prize.

Goodreads Opens Up Voting For the Goodreads Choice Awards

goodreadschoiceGoodreads has opened up the voting for its fifth annual Goodreads Choice Awards. The awards include twenty different categories from fiction and poetry to humor and fantasy. Authors Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Wally Lamb have been nominated for Fiction. Dan Brown and J.K. Rowling have both been nominated in the Mystery category.

Here is more about how the books are chosen from the Goodreads blog:

The Goodreads Choice Awards are the only major book awards decided by readers, and we find our nominees from books that our members read and love throughout the year. There’s no judging panel or industry experts. We analyzed statistics from the 250 million books added, rated, and reviewed on the site in 2013 to nominate 15 books in each category. Of course, with hundreds of thousands of books published in 2013, no nominee list could cover the amazing breadth of books reviewed on Goodreads so we also accept write-in votes during the Opening Round to ensure that you can vote for exactly the book you want.

Readers will be able to vote in three rounds of voting. The opening round lasts through November 9. The highest voted titles will make it to the Semifinals which last from November 11 – 16. Readers can vote on the final choices November 18 – 25.

McCarthy Nabs UK’s Oldest Literary Prize

Pulitzer Prize-winning US author Cormac McCarthy has won the UK’s oldest literary award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction, reports the BBC. THE ROAD took the fiction category for the prize continually awarded since 1919 while Byron Rogers‘ biography of Welsh poet RS Thomas won in that category. The other James Tait Black fiction nominees were Sarah Waters, Ray Robinson, James Lasdun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Alice Munro.

Judge Professor Colin Nicholson, of the University of Edinburgh, said: “Each of the shortlisted authors is prize-worthy. “But my fellow judge Roger Savage agrees with me that for imaginative impact and page-turning readability, the two winning books are both destined to become classics in their respective genres.”

Heavy Hitters on James Tait Memorial Prize Shortlists

The James Tait Memorial Prize, Britain’s oldest literary prize, has announced the shortlists for its fiction and biography awards. In fiction, the competition is rather steep with Alice Munro, Cormac McCarthy, Sarah Waters, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, James Lasdun and Ray Robinson competing for the honor. The biography contenders include Carmen Callil, David Cannadine, Gillian Darley, Kate Teltscher, Byron Rogers and Maggie Fergusson.

The winners will be announced at a public awards ceremony on Saturday August 25, 2007.

Achebe Wins Booker International Prize

The BBC reports that Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, best known for his 1958 novel THINGS FALL APART, has won the Man Booker International Prize in honor of his literary career. The 76-year-old author beat out an impressive roster of writers including Ian McEwan, Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie for the 60,000 pound biannual prize, which will be presented to Achebe at a ceremony in Oxford on June 28.

Academic and author Elaine Showalter, who was one of the judges, said: “In THINGS FALL APART and his other fiction set in Nigeria, Chinua Achebe inaugurated the modern African novel. He also illuminated the path for writers around the world seeking new words and forms for new realities and societies. We honour his literary example and achievements.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who recently won the Orange Prize for Fiction, said of Achebe: “He is a remarkable man. The writer and the man. He’s what I think writers should be.”

Adichie Wins Orange Prize

Last night the Orange Broadband Prize was awarded to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for HALF OF A YELLOW SUN, her second novel. Her triumph, reports the Guardian’s John Ezard, vindicated the readers who have bought 187,000 copies since the paperback was published in January, and the bookmakers William Hill who made her odds-on favourite at 13/8. Adichie had previously been shortlisted for the Orange with her debut novel PURPLE HIBISCUS.

“This really comes as a wonderful, wonderful surprise,” Adichie said after collecting the prize. But she had feared the worst after having her handbag stolen at a London reading of her book on Tuesday and because the novel was so strongly fancied to win. “When I was told I was the bookies’ favourite in that wonderfully curious British tradition of betting on everything, I immediately thought it was the kiss of death,” she said.

The judges’ chair for the women-only contest, the writer and broadcaster Muriel Gray, said they were “hugely impressed by the power, ambition and skill of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel. It’s astonishing, not just in the skilful subject matter, but in the brilliance of its accessibility. This is a moving and important book by an incredibly exciting author. ”

Orange Broadband Prize Shortlist

The Orange Broadband Prize has whittled its longlist down to a mere half-dozen names:

Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Arlington Park, Rachel Cusk
The Inheritance of Loss, Kiran Desai
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers, Xiaolu Guo
The Observations, Jane Harris
Digging to America by Anne Tyler

“The 2007 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction shortlist is incredibly exciting,” commented Muriel Gray, Chair of judges. “It represents six beautifully crafted pieces of work that are as accessible as they are fascinating. That this outstanding writing should come from such diverse sources that includes five different nationalities, a world famous author, as well as a first-time novelist, is doubly thrilling.” The overall winner will be announced on June 6.

Richard & Judy Select their next Bestsellers

Because of course, as soon as these eight books got their designation as the next picks for Richard & Judy’s Book Club, they begun their beeline towards UK bestsellerdom. Need we remind you that of the top 100 best-selling titles last year, 21 were by authors discussed on the Richard & Judy Book Club? And so, the eight newly anointed books, which premiere on the show beginning January 31 are:

The Interpretation of Murder, Jed Rubenfeld
The Testament of Gideon Mack, James Robertson
Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This Book Will Save Your Life, A M Homes
Restless, William Boyd
Love in the Present Tense, Catherine Ryan Hyde
The Girls, Lori Lansens
Semi-Detached, Griff Rhys Jones

Rodney Troubridge, a fiction buyer for Waterstone’s bookshops, told the Independent it was a “fabulous” list. “I think they have got some really challenging books,” he said. Meanwhile, WHSmith plans to give an even greater emphasis to this year’s Richard & Judy Best Read shortlist following its success with the titles last year, reports Publishing News.