'Americanah' was chosen as the novel for all of New York City to read this spring.
One Book, One New York is America's largest community reading program. It sets out to support small bookstores and promote civic engagement through a citywide reading of a selected novel.
For its first collective reading, New York has chosenChimamanda Ngozi Adichie's seminal work, Americanah. Other contenders included Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me, Paul Beatty's The Sellout, Betty Smith's A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
The entire city is being encouraged to read Americanah and to attend small book club meetings throughout the spring. The city of New York has also donated 1,000 copies of the novel to the New York Public Library to help boost participation.
In June, a final meet-up will take place at the main branch of the New York Public Library and Adichie is set to be in attendance, reports Business Insider.
Americanah—Adichie's enthralling tale of blackness and identity—is a must-read whether you're in the city or not.
— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) March 21, 2017