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GoodreadsThe winner of the Goodreads Choice Awards is decided by readers like us. No judges or industry heavyweights legislating on who goes home with the prize. Adichie has been nominated to go on to the second rounds of voting which begins today and ends on the 16th. Click HERE to vote.

A hearty congratulations to our impressive collection of nominees! We have some interesting match-ups to keep an eye on this year. A “who’s who” of literature—including Khaled Hosseini, Jhumpa Lahiri, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Wally Lamb—is duking it out in Best Fiction. Dan Brown’s professorial sleuth Robert Langdon has some real competition in Best Mystery from J.K. Rowling’s gruff P.I. Cormoran Strike. Can grande dame Maya Angelou hold her own against 16-year-old Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai in Best Memoir? And place your bets for the father vs. son face-off happening in Best Horror, where the mighty Stephen King must stand up against his talented offspring, Joe Hill. Your favorite authors need your votes before the polls close November 25. — learn more

Granted this award is no Booker. Still it’s got to feel nice and endearing to be endorsed by readers. Adichie’s Americanah has had us all talking and thinking passionately about everything from hair to love to race. Would be nice to see her win such a fabulously trendy award.

 

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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

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