Chimamanda Adichie's Americanah & Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Named Among 100 Books To Feature In ‘The Great American Read’ TV Series

Prolific Nigerian literary giants keep flying the African flag in life and death.

Chimanda Adichie's Americanah and Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart have been named among 100 Books to feature in ‘The Great American Read’ TV series.

According to PBS, the Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience. 
"The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country. It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book."

PBS adds that the series is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books.

Things Falls Apart was published in 1958 and is the late Achebe's first novel turned literary classic of international literature read worldwide; not to mention one of the most recognized books from Africa. Americanah is Adichie's 2013 critically acclaimed novel which has won multiple literary awards. 

The Great American Read premieres on PBS stations on 22nd May. 
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