Chimamanda Adichie becomes first Nigerian honoured with Mary McCarthy award

Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has broken yet another boundary after becoming the first Nigerian to be awarded the Mary McCarthy Prize for her thought-provoking novels and charismatic public presence.

Ms. Adichie attended the Mary McCarthy Prize in Bard College as a special guest.

The Mary McCarthy Prize in short fiction includes a $2,000 cash award, publication of a collection of short stories, novellas, or a short novel, and a standard royalty contract.

The McCarthy award which is named after famous novelist Mary McCarthy who taught at Bard for a year.

Some other notable recipients of the award are Zadie Smith, Mona Simpson, Susan Sontag and Margaret Atwood (the author of The Handmaid’s Tale).

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